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Asheville is nestled in the mountains of North Carolina and has an abundance of things to do, places to visit and sights to see. It boasts a thriving arts community, a number of outdoor adventure activities, plenty of shops, numerous golf courses and the very best in entertainment and nightlife. Downtown Asheville is also a major attraction for tourists in the area and boasting many street performers and musicians. Why not sip a cup of Joe at a local coffee shop, or visit Pack Place Education, Arts and Science Centre, where you can find lots of museums and attractions all in one place. Fancy a spot of shopping? Why not visit the Grove Arcade, a large shopping arcade that is housed inside one of Western North Carolinas' most historic buildings.

There are things to do in Asheville all year round. In spring the mountains are bursting with colour, in summer the outdoor activities are in full swing, such as outdoor adventures and pursuits, festivals, music, arts, performances and entertainment. In winter Asheville`s mild temperatures and close proximity to the snow covered mountains, make it an ideal winter escape. Go skiing at ski resorts near Asheville.

There are 15 spas to enjoy in Asheville and numerous golf clubs and golf courses. These include the Southern Tee Golf Course and the Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa Golf Course. Resorts and spa days offer a range of holistic and romantic experiences.

Asheville has many music venues and each year an abundance of music performances, live shows and musical events are performed at a number of venues throughout Asheville. The drum circle, held in Pritchard Park, is particularly popular and invites both local residents and tourists to come down, play a musical instrument and dance at this free event.

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The last Bele Chere was held in July 2013. Bele Chere was Asheville s street festival that was held every yearthe last weekend of July. It was the largest free festival in the southeast. There were street vendors, bands, kids rides and lots of stuff to do. Shuttles were available throughout the city. This made parking much easier and less expensive.


Visit Biltmore House in Asheville. This is the main attraction of Asheville. There is a winery with wine tastings. See the gardens in bloom. Visit the shops and restaurants.Go on a self guided tour.


Biltmore Village was once the homes of the workers of Biltmore Estate. Now, the village is a complex of unique shops, specialty stores, art galleries, antique shops and restaurants.


The Blue Ridge Parkway passes through Asheville offering spectacular views, hiking, mountain biking, picnicking, wildlife viewing and other recreational opportunities.


The Grove Park Inn Resort located near downtown Asheville is a famous Spa and Golf resort. Enjoy fine dining on a terrace with mountain views.


Asheville Civic Center is located on Haywood Street in downtown Asheville. There are concerts and events scheduled throughout the year.


Performing Arts offer plenty of entertainment and variety from Bluegrass to the Opera to Shakespeare to Broadway Musicals.


Outdoor Adventure is plentiful in the area. Go hiking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, golfing, skiing and more.


Other Attractions in Asheville

Asheville Fun Depot is an ideal place to spend the day with your kids after touring all the other sites in Asheville. Ride the go carts or bumper cars. Play mini-golf or laser tag. Climb the climbing wall. Have fun.


Botanical Gardens of Asheville is located on Weaver Blvd. The gardens are situated on 10 acres and include plants native to the Appalachian region.


Grove Arcade is located on One Page Avenue. The building was built in 1929 and was once a public market. Buy fresh foods. Enjoy regional cuisine. Shop for locally made crafts.


Folk Center - located off the Blue Ridge Parkway, see arts and crafts, quilts, handmade baskets and more.


Montford Historic District contains some of the oldest houses in Asheville. Some of these homes are now B&Bs.


North Carolina Arboretum is located at 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way. These public gardens are situated on about 426 acres. See bonsai trees. Hike or bike over 10 miles of trails.


Ashevile Urban Trail is a self guided tour of Asheville's outside sculptures around downtown. The trail is 1.7 miles and take about 2 hours to complete. It starts and ends at Pack Place. You will see 30 bronze sculptures along the way. Guided tours are available. Open April - October.


Pack Place Education Arts and Science Center is located on Pack Square in downtown Asheville. In the same building complex, visit the Asheville Art Museum, Colburn Gem and Mineral Museum and the Health Adventure.


Riverside Cemetery is located at 53 Birch St. The cemetary has graves dating back to the 1800's. Thomas Wolfe and O. Henry are buried here. There are also unusual monuments and mausoleums here.


St. Lawrence Basilica is located on Haywood Street across from the Asheville Civic Center. It is famous for its central dome which is totally self supporting. The dome measure 82 by 52 feet. In addition, the dome is supposed to be the largest free standing eliptical dome in America. There are beautiful stained glass windows and glazed tiles from all over the world. In 1993, St. Lawrence Catholic church was designated by Pope John Paul II. The church displays the pontifical seal.


Thomas Wolfe Auditorium is located inside the Asheville Civic Center on Haywood St downtown Asheville. The Auditorium features plays, musicals and graduation ceremonies.


WNC Ag center holds rodeos, horse shows, monster truck rallies and other events. It is located across from the Asheville airport.


the farmers' market and road side vegetable stands = fresh produce


Western North Carolina Nature Center is located at 75 Gashes Creek Rd. There are wild animals and reptiles exhibited here. Area schools often come here for field trips. Children enjoy the hands on and interactive exhibits. The nature center is often referred to as the Asheville zoo. However, the closest real zoo to Asheville is in either Knoxsville TN or Greenville SC.


The Fall Scenic Drive is the highlight of any Asheville holiday and allows you to enjoy all that the mountains have to offer, from the comfort of a car.


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