Let us take you on a guided Eco-tour to one of the best kept secrets in the Great Smoky Mountains — Cataloochee Valley! See the elk on our guided Evening Elk Eco-Tour or a Sunrise Elk Eco-Tour, offered year round. Join us on a Spring Wildflower Hike, or in June journey to our “secret” location to witness the magic of the Synchronous Fireflies on a Firefly Night Walk.
Travel back in time to one of the most beautiful and remote parts of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You will be transported comfortably in one of our eco-friendly Sport Utility tour vehicles, Chevy Tahoe Hybrid or Cadillac Escalade Hybrid, over the rugged, winding mountain road once called the “Cataloochee Turnpike.”
Cataloochee Valley is steeped in history, laced with abundant wildflowers and rich with wildlife including elk, white-tailed deer, black bears, salamanders and many species of birds like cedar waxwings, indigo buntings, wild turkeys and ruffed grouse.
Cataloochee Valley is one of those special places that is not easy to get to, but hard to forget. If you want to venture there, go with Cataloochee Valley Tours.
A 250-room French chateau built by George W. Vanderbilt in 1895. The 8000 acre estate, located just south of downtown features America’s largest home, award-winning winery, historic gardens, Four-Star Inn and an array of activities. Ticket office is open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Year round. Admission is charged. Call 828-225-1200 or 877-BILTMORE.
Grove Park Inn & Spa
Since it’s opening in 1913, The Grove Park Inn Resort ( & Spa) has remained a place dedicated to providing its guests with comfort — and genuine delight.
Blue Ridge Parkway
This scenic roadway winding 470 miles from the Shenandoah to the Great Smokey Mountains National parks intersects Asheville at US 70 and 74. The parkway is a pristine corridor just east of downtown that offers an alternate route to moving through the city on an undisturbed dogwood lined two-lane drive. Open seasonally and or weather permitting. Call 828-298-0398 or blueridgeparkway.org.
North Carolina Arboretum
A 434-acre site nestled in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the United States.
Chimney Rock Park
On US 74A and 25 miles southeast of Asheville. This park features a 26-story elevator ride through solid granite to the top of Chimney Rock to see a 75-mile view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Nature trails lead to Hickory Nut Falls. Open daily except holidays. Admission is charged. Call 800-277-9611 or chimneyrockpark.com
Cherokee, North Carolina
A 56,000 acre Indian reservation at the NC entrance to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge parkway features attractions celebrating Cherokee history, culture and art. Visit the Oconaluftee Indian Village or the “unto these Hills” recounting of Cherokee history in an outdoor drama performed nightly, except Sundays, June – August. Admission is charged. Call 800-438-1601 or cherokee-nc.com.
Located 70 miles from Asheville on the Blue Ridge parkway at milepost 305. Discover the mile-high swinging bridge and escape into the globally recognized nature preserve with miles of spectacular hiking trails. Open year-round. Call 800-486-7325 or grandfathermountain.com
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Adventure in NC’s Blue Ridge Mountains
Fishing Guide: Alvin Gilliland, a Western North Carolina native with over 40 years of experience, provides professional flyfishing instruction and guide trips. Alvin Gilliland
Mountain Adventure Guides
Rafting, rock-climbing, camps and more.
On-line hiking guidebook for the Mountain region of North Carolina.
Mountain Bike WNC
On-line off-road biking guidebook for the Mountain region of North Carolina.
Hunter Banks Company
The Hunter Banks Company is a full service fly shop offering professionally guided float and wade trips for trout in Western North Carolina and East Tennessee.
Arts & Entertainment
Asheville Art Museum
The Asheville Art Museum presents exhibitions and programs based on its permanent collection of 20th and 21st century art. Any visit will also include experiences with works of significance to Western North Carolina’s cultural heritage including Studio Craft, Black Mountain College and Cherokee artists.
The Orange Peel
The Orange Peel Social Aid & Pleasure Club of Asheville, North Carolina is the nation’s premiere Live Music Hall and Concert Venue featuring the very best in live music and cultural arts.
Folk Art Center
On the Blue Ridge parkway at milepost 382, this museum, crafts art exhibit, demonstration area and craft shop is a perfect respite. Open 9:00 – 5:00 daily, closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Call 828-298-7928 or visit southernhighlandguild.org. No charge.
The Asheville Symphony
The Asheville Symphony Orchestra performs and promotes symphonic music for the benefit, enjoyment and education of the people of Western North Carolina.
Diana Wortham Theatre
The Theatre offers live performances of music, theatre and dance throughout the year by nationally touring artists as well as professional and avocational regional arts groups.
Asheville Downtown Art Galleries
The Asheville Downtown Gallery Association has more than thirty downtown galleries listed on their Downtown Gallery Guide with a map.
A Land of Writers
Asheville is a national reader’s and writer’s mecca. Follow the path of some of our finest writers by including these stops on your journey to Asheville.
Thomas Wolfe House
52 N. Market Street. With his lasting portrayal of his family, Asheville and the Old Kentucky Home boarding house, Thomas Wolfe immortalized his youth in his epic, Look Homeward, Angel. After a fire in 1998, the historic Victorian home was reopened following an extensive renovation.
Carl Sandburg House
Three miles south of Hendersonville off Route 255. Sandburg moved to a place called Connemara in Flat Rock when he was 67 years old. One of America’s greatest poets, columnist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Sandburg is gladly claimed by Western North Carolina.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Historic Biltmore Village
Biltmore Village is one of the Carolinas’ most special shopping experiences. The tree-lined streets, brick sidewalks, original cottages from the 1900′s and unique specialty shops harmonize perfectly with William Sonoma, Talbots and Chico’s. Don’t miss tea at the Chelsea Tea Room or dining at the Corner Kitchen.
WNC Farmer’s Market
Located off Brevard Road, this 36-acre facility, operated by the NC Department of Agriculture has retail and wholesale building, a restaurant and garden center. This farmers market is a colorful and wholesome place to take the whole family. Open 9:00 – 5:00 daily. Call 828-253-1691 or visit ncdamarkets.org. No charge.
Newly renovated, this downtown arcade features indoor and outdoor shops, local area artists and fabulous restaurants. Perfect for an afternoon stroll or coffee and tea at one of the sidewalk café’s. Grovearcade.com
The Official North Carolina tourism site
Asheville Downtown Association
A voice of the downtown community that promotes and supports quality economic, cultural and residential development of downtown Asheville.
Asheville Urban Trail
Historic walking tour makes a 1.7 mile loop of downtown and tells the fascinating story of Asheville interpreted through art. Call 828-259-5800 or visit ashevillearts.com. No charge.