Asheville, North Carolina is home to some of the most unique people, awe-inspiring landscapes, and culinary and beverage experiences in the country. The Residences at Biltmore all-suite hotel is conveniently located in the heart of this vibrant and eclectic city. On this page, you’ll find a sampling of some of the exciting activities, events, and notable sites you don’t want to miss. If you’d like to know more about any of these great opportunities or schedule a reservation or tour, our free concierge service can handle all of that for you!
Experience 3-4 rooftop bars in one afternoon on unique guided tours in the heart of downtown Asheville. There are several tours from which to choose.
Land Rover Experience
Navigate incredible off-road obstacles, regardless of your skill level, with the Land Rover® Experience and the help of an experienced instructor. Advance reservations are required, and if you stay with us, you can receive 10% off your excursion. Ask our concierge for details.
Antique Car Museum at Grovewood Village
The Antique Car Museum at Grovewood Village is open April-December, Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The museum features a collection of antique and vintage automobiles, including a rare 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham (only 400 made) and Asheville’s own 1922 American LaFrance fire truck.
If you love art and history, you don’t want to miss walking Asheville’s Urban Trail, a 1.7-mile self-guided walking tour through the streets of downtown Asheville. Asheville’s history and past are told through 30 stops, each with a public sculpture which functions as a landmark.
Asheville Food Tours
Asheville offers a plethora of award-winning independent restaurants led by world-class chefs. The 3-hour walking tours offered by Asheville Food Tours are perfect for the foodie in all of us. On the many tours available through the company, you will sample foods and visit several restaurants in downtown Asheville.
LaZoom Bus Tours
Are you looking for a wacky ride around the city? The LaZoom bus tours are an entertaining way to learn the history of downtown Asheville. From comedic downtown tours to late-night ghost tours, this company has a little something for everyone.
Amazing Pubcycle of Asheville
Cycle around town on a mobile pub. Enjoy a refreshing beer while seeing the sites of Downtown Asheville – and get exercise while you’re at it. This is a BYOB tour and our concierge is happy to schedule your tour.
Enjoy strolling through 65 acresof gardens, exhibits, hiking and biking trails, and more. Admission is $14 per car, and hours are April-October 8, a.m.-9 p.m.; and November-March, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
The Botanical Gardens at Asheville
Looking for a beautiful spot for a leisurely stroll to enjoy nature in the middle of the city? Check out the 10 acres of native plants at the Botanical Gardens of Asheville, located just two miles from downtown, on the University of North Carolina Asheville campus.
River Arts District
The River Arts District (RAD) is located just a few miles from downtown, and is home to hundreds of artists in 23 buildings along the French Broad River, offering a variety of art for all tastes. A good general address from which to start is Riverside Studios at 174 West Haywood Street, then follow the River Arts signs.
WNC Nature Center
The WNC Nature Center is home to more than 60 species of animals native to Southern Appalachia. Exhibits include: Appalachian Station, which highlights the diversity of the reptiles in the region; Appalachian Predators such as red and gray wolves, bobcats, and coyotes; Black Bear Ridge with black bears, white-tailed deer, owls, and hawks; and the popular Otter Falls, as well as many others. Admission is $10.95 for adults, and Children 3-15 are $6.95. Seniors 65 & older are $9.95.
The Biltmore Estate
Admission to Biltmoreincludes a self-guided tour of the house and gardens, as well as admission to Antler Hill Village that features the Biltmore winery, the Biltmore Legacy building, and the Village Green, with shops, restaurants, and entertainment, among other activities. Be sure to ask our concierge to order your tickets.
Black Balsam Knob/Shining Rock Wilderness (Seasonal)
Hike across spectacular mountain balds. These treeless mountaintops in the Pisgah National Forest, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at mile 420, offer sweeping views and an alpine-like appearance. Hike out three miles without dropping back into the trees.
Dupont State Forest Waterfalls Tour Hike (from .6 to 6 miles)
On this hike, you’ll visit up to 5 of the 6 major waterfalls in Dupont State Forest. It starts as an easy path to some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the area: Hooker, Triple, and High Falls. Covered picnic shelters with views of the falls make for excellent family outing possibilities.
Craggy Pinnacle (Seasonal)
Take a short hikewith huge rewards of the best mountain views. It’s only a 1.6-mile roundtrip hike to the top of the 5,892-foot summit at Craggy Gardens. The exceptional panoramic 360-degree views are hard to beat.
Looking Glass Falls
This waterfall is kid-friendly and wheelchair-accessible to the upper view. If you are in the area and only have time for 1 quick waterfall, this would be the one to go to. At under a half-mile, round trip, this barely counts as a hike for most trail fans – but this waterfall is a must-see.
A 60′ natural rock slide with a 6-7 foot deep pool at the base. This is the perfect activity for kids and adults.
Green River Adventures
Green River Adventures offers whitewater rafting for both beginners and enthusiast. They will also guide you on some amazing hikes and can teach you how to rappel down a waterfall! There are so many activities to choose from that you may have a tough time deciding what to do.
Looking for the ultimate mountain adventure? Tryzip-lining through the treetops for a unique view of the rolling land. Several experiences are available at this adventure center just 30 minutes from The Residences at Biltmore.
Blue Ridge Parkway
Only a seven-minute drive from The Residences at Biltmore, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a historical scenic highway that stretches 469 miles. The parkway is a beautiful scenic drive, with plenty of overlooks at which to stop for pictures or picnics.