Located on the Western side of North Carolina is a small town nestled in the Smokey Mountains. However, this town may be small, but it’s anything but ordinary. From famous Estates to pictureque mountain views, Asheville, NC is home to some of America’s most famous hidden gems that millions of people travel to throughout the year.

Whether you’re looking for a Fall mountain getaway to soak up the Fall Foliage, or visiting for a weekend getaway, Asheville offers world-class dining, entertainment and lodging in the United States.

Before you go, be sure to check out excellent hotels in the area! Stop by these tours and attractions when you’re planning your trip to Asheville.

1.  Downtown Asheville

Rich with art and culture, downtown Asheville is an artist’s mecca.  While sipping on a coffee drink, you can stroll around the streets of Downtown Asheville as you window show some of the best art galleries in North Carolina. Getting hungry? The dining scene in Asheville is unlike any other with their eclectic mix of BBQ joints; fine dining restaurants, hole-in-the-wall pubs and sports bars. Check out more things to explore in Downtown Asheville here. 

2.  Biltmore Estate

If there’s one main attraction that puts Asheville on the map, it’s the Biltmore Estate. The Biltmore Estate is a breathtaking Châteauesque mansion built by George Washington Vanderbilt II around 1895. This 178,926 square foot mansion is the largest privately owned house in the country.  Complete with Vineyards and endless gardens, the Biltmore Estate is a destination thousands of guests visit each year for their full-day walking tour of the grounds.  The Biltmore Estate is one of our Top East Coast Attractions!

Biltmore Mansion

3.  Maggie Valley

Nestled between the mountains is a small town called Maggie Valley. Maggie Valley is a short drive away from Downtown Asheville, but makes for a great day trip. This Valley is a famous ski town complete with ski lifts and plenty of lodges and log cabins. From Ghost Town to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Maggie Valley offers activites for the whole family to enjoy.

4.  Asheville Brewery Tours

Taking a vacation just for adults? Check out the Asheville Brewery Tours and get a behind the scenes look at what Asheville brewing is all about! This is a walking tour around town and is a great opportunity to get a first hand look at the culture located in Asheville.

5.  Asheville Free Walking Tours

If a brewery tour isn’t your style, don’t worry. In that case, take Free Walking Tour of Asheville! What is better than free entertainment while seeing all the key areas in a great city? Walk at your own pace while exploring the great city of Asheville.

Have you been to Asheville? Tell us your favorite things to do in the comments below!