Planning Your Trip
Visit the Asheville Tourism Website for tips and ideas when planning your visit to our wonderful mountain town. ExploreAsheville.com
Located next to The Omni Grove Park Inn, Grovewood Gallery showcases 9,000 square-feet of handmade American crafts by more than 500 artists. The gallery is noted for its impressive second-floor studio furniture collection and outdoor sculpture gardens. The property also includes The Estes-Winn Antique Car Museum, The North Carolina Homespun Museum, working artists’ studios and the Grovewood Café.
Open daily. 111 Grovewood Road (across from the Vanderbilt Wing). 828.253.7651
Downtown Asheville is filled with colorful sights, historic buildings and spectacular Art Deco architecture. Explore the restaurants, bookstores, shops, live music and over 30 art galleries while you’re here.
The Grove Arcade, for example, is an architectural wonder built in the 1920s with eclectic boutiques, dining for every palate, craft exhibits and local artists' galleries. The beautifully restored building offers live music, tours and the outdoor portico market.
A National Historic Landmark and one of the country's top architectural wonders, the Biltmore Estate is a breathtaking home in the Blue Ridge Mountains with 250 rooms, historic exhibits, magnificent century-old gardens and a charming winery. Explore the estate's breathtaking 8,000-acre backyard, a peaceful escape for horseback riding and rafting. Enjoy guided tours and see the exquisite Tiffany stained-glass lamp exhibit. Then, enjoy relaxed dining, shopping and wine tasting at Antler Hill Village.
Nantahala Outdoor Center
• Guided rafting trips on seven southeastern rivers
• Guided hikes in Blue Ridge Mountains
• Guided fly-fishing and kayak fishing trips
• Zip lines and canopy tours
• Kayaking lessons and tours
• Mountain bike rentals
• Asheville biking, hiking and paddling information
Blue Ridge Parkway
Outstanding scenery and recreational opportunities make the Blue Ridge Parkway one of the most visited sections of the National Park System. Split-rail fences, old farmsteads, mountain meadows and scenic overlooks with endless vistas make the Blue Ridge Parkway a popular attraction.
An open Parkway is a safe Parkway. Be sure to check road conditions online by clicking here or by phone before you travel and during your visit.
Named “America's Favorite Drive,” the Blue Ridge Parkway connects The Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina to the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Its 469-mile stretch showcases some of America’s best natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, including Cherokee traditions, music and crafts. Enjoy stunning vistas of mountain meadows, old farms and diverse flora and fauna. Discover scenic hiking trails, picnic areas and scenic overlooks.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
This park touches both North Carolina and Tennessee and is a peaceful escape for cycling, hiking, climbing, fishing, backpacking, horseback riding, picnicking, wildlife viewing and auto touring. Explore ancient mountains, majestic forests, tall waterfalls, tree-dotted ridges, endless hiking and biking trails, historic areas and scenic overlooks with jaw-dropping vistas. Go horseback riding, fish in rushing streams and count the wildflowers. Whether you crave a challenging hike to a mountain crest or the serenity of sunset, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a refuge for the soul.
The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad takes you through beautiful western North Carolina into river gorges, across lush valleys and through tunnels carved out of mountains. Travel in style in a 1940s-era bar, lounge and dinner car. First Class passengers receive an all-inclusive lunch served by the car's private attendant and a refillable souvenir tumbler. Excursions are offered year-round.
Chimney Rock State Park
Part of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, Chimney Rock State Park is a beautiful destination for outdoor adventure. Located 25 miles southeast of Asheville, North Carolina, it’s a mountain getaway with panoramic views, scenic hiking trails, a lake, rare plants and animals, and a 400-foot waterfall. Breathe fresh mountain air, trek along five hiking trails, and bask in the cool mist of Hickory Nut Falls, one of the most dramatic waterfalls in North Carolina. Surrounded by majestic mountains, Lake Lure is perfect for swimming, boating, fishing, cruising, and relaxing on the beach.
Star Watch Night Vision Tours
Using Alpha Generation-3 military-issue night vision goggles, search the heavens for constellations, shooting stars, satellites, experimental aircraft and unidentified flying objects. Plan your star-gazing adventure at www.starwatchtours.com.
Grandfather Mountain State Park
Towering 5,946 feet above northwest North Carolina, Grandfather Mountain State Park is a breathtaking natural attraction with miles of walking and hiking trails from the base to the majestic summit. Circling the lower slopes and picnic area, the Woods Walk is a scenic loop through a mature Appalachian forest. See diverse wildlife and more than 60 flower and plant species. Explore the Black Rock Nature Trail and walk across the Mile High Swinging Bridge – a landmark of a pioneering spirit – with panoramic views of Grandfather Mountain. The Grandfather Mountain Nature Museum houses exhibits about the natural history of Grandfather Mountain and the surrounding region.
North Carolina Arboretum
Experience the beauty of nature at the North Carolina Arboretum. Explore over 400 acres of natural sanctuary with beautiful gardens, 10 miles of hiking and biking trails, and engaging indoor and outdoor plant and flower exhibits. See one of the most unique bonsai collections in the country at the Bonsai Exhibition Garden. Plan your visit at www.ncarboretum.org.
Harrah's Cherokee Casino
Enjoy gaming action, entertainment, dining and mountain golf at Harrah's Cherokee Casino & Hotel. Nestled at the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Harrah's Cherokee Casino features digital Blackjack and Baccarat tables, video poker slots and a Poker Room. See concerts and live music in the Cherokee Events Center and Essence Lounge. Enjoy dining at Paula Dean's Kitchen and Ruth's Chris Steak House. Designed by Robert Trent Jones II, Sequoyah National Golf Club is a spectacular 72-par course with breathtaking views. Visit www.harrahscherokee.com.