Discover the Best Things to Do in Asheville, NC

There are so many things to do in Asheville, you’ll want to plan at least a couple days (a week is better) to see it all. The Asheville area has a thriving arts community, diverse outdoor adventures, a vibrant and inviting downtown, numerous historic and architectural attractions, and unique shopping options. Below are links to help you find and enjoy some of the many activities Asheville has to offer. We would be glad to help you make arrangements. Just give us a call.


From historical to hilarious, sumptuous to spooky, Asheville has a fun tour for everyone.


Asheville and the Biltmore Village area offer a wide selection of retailers from high-end antiques in the Grove Arcade to funky wear on Lexington.  Retail stores in downtown Asheville reflect the independent nature of the city – you will find few chain stores downtown.

Horseback Riding and Ballooning

Horses and balloons are another way to explore the beauty of the area

Asheville Hot Air Balloons

One of the most incredible things to do in Asheville.


Pisgah Forest Riding Stables

In the heart of the Pisgah Forest, near Brevard.


Sandy Bottom Trail Rides

24 miles north of Asheville toward Hot Springs.



The golf courses in the mountains are especially beautiful.

Hiking and Biking

The Asheville area is a mecca for hiking and biking with trails to suit any level.  We’ve been exploring these trails for 25+ years and enjoy helping you find the best sites.  We love to join our guests on rides whenever we can.

Parks and Forest
The Asheville area has an amazingly vast selection of public lands to explore whether you are hiking, biking, horseback riding or just driving around

Trail Information Sites

Outdoor Guides

  • Climbmax – climbing wall, hiking and climbing guides, 828-252-9996
  • Velo Girl Rides – a bicycle tour company based in Black Mountain that offers one-day and multiday guided tours,  540-320-2849

Bike Shops

Water Fun!

From whitewater rafting on the French Broad River to fly fishing for native brook trout on a mountains stream, the Asheville area offers lots of fun on the water.


Rafting, Canoeing Trips & Rentals


A trip to a spa or a massage is an ideal treat for your loved one or to recover from those outdoor activities.

Shoji Retreat – Japanese style outdoor hot tub and massage spa adjacent to the Parkway, 828-299-0999
The Grove Park Inn Spa – a truly world class spa, 800-438-5800
Hands on Health – Massage therapy center, 828-506-2899
Sensibilities – Day Spa 828-687-8760

Historical Sites & Attractions

Biltmore Estate Photo by 24dupontchevy shared via the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

It is well worth the time to visit the past at any of Asheville’s historic sites:

Carl Sandburg’s Home
Thomas Wolfe Memorial
Vance Birthplace
Riverside Cemetery
Biltmore Estate

Festivals, Events & Visitor’s Info

From our Area Visitor’s Centers

Things to do in Asheville don’t stop there! Festivals in the Asheville area include celebrations for Flowers, Music, Magic, Trails, Rivers, Hats, Pots, BBQ, Beer, Dance, Running, Ramps, Waterfalls, Crafts  and many more.  They have become too numerous for us to keep track  but you can check them all out along with many other area activities at:

Beautiful, cozy, and convenient! This was our second stay at the wonderful Bent Creek Lodge. The quiet wooded setting is both lovely and convenient (near Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville events and restaurants, hiking) and the rooms very comfortable (and several also feature outdoor balcony overlooking garden and forest). The staff people are very warm and friendly, and happy to share information on things to see and do. The breakfasts are delicious and substantial. We highly recommend this very special place!

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