|#1. Biltmore Estate ~ website
North Carolina's beloved "castle on the hill" resides on an 8000-acre estate that includes beautiful gardens and woodlands and an award-winning winery (the nation's most visited). The magnificent 250-room mansion itself is the largest private residence in the country and offers a self-guided tour that could easily last for hours.
#2. Blue Ridge Parkway ~ website
It's not a destination, but rather an experience. Considered "America's most scenic drive," the Blue Ridge Parkway consists of 469 miles of natural beauty, including mountain views, hiking trails, and picnic sites. Seasonal changes along the Parkway are very dramatic. Parkway intersects Asheville at US 25, 70, 74 and NC 191. A visitor's center is located twenty-five miles outside of Asheville.
#3. Chimney Rock National Park ~ website
Located 35 to 40 minutes outside of Asheville. Experience the beauty and breadth of the Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounding waterfalls. Visitors can navigate the network of trails or use the 26-story elevator to reach the top of the rock to enjoy the 75-mile view and 404-foot waterfall.
Smokey Mountain National Park-Nation's most visited park ~ website
NC Arboretum ~ website
French Broad River ~ website
Pigeon River ~ website
Appalachian Trail ~ website
Mt. Mitchell ~ website
Down Town Asheville ~ website
Down Town Black Mountain ~ website
Cherokee ~ website
Thomas Wolfe ~ website
Carl Sandburg Home ~ website
Flat Rock Playhouse ~ website
WNC Nature Center ~ website
Grandfather Mountain ~ website
Lake Lure ~ website
Joyce Kilmer Forest ~ website
Navitat Canopy Adventures Asheville ~ website