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How to Spend 1 Day in Asheville

How to Spend 1 Day in Asheville

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville combines art galleries and breweries with history and nature. Though its hard to squeeze all of Asheville’s attractions into 24 hours, here’s how to make the most of one day.

Morning: Cruise the City

Get acquainted with the city on an electric bike or Segway tour, which typically take you through downtown, along the French Broad River, and past the city square. By traveling on an electric bike or Segway, you’ll cover more sights than you would if you were on foot. Plus, exploring with a guide means you don’t have to worry about navigating, and can instead focus on historic details and sights along the way. 

Afternoon: Visit the Biltmore Estate

After spending the morning in downtown Asheville, head to the famous Biltmore Estate for a self-guided audio tour of the historic 250-room château. Book a tour that comes with a lunch voucher to enjoy a meal at one of the on-site restaurants before exploring the mansion and its gardens.

Before heading back into town, catch sunset over the Blue Ridge Mountains from one of the overlooks along the Blue Ridge Parkway. 

Night: Go Brewery Hopping

This evening, delve into Asheville’s beer culture on a walking tour that takes you to some of the city’s top microbreweries. Along the way, you’ll typically sample a variety of beers and learn about each brewery’s processes and philosophies. Then, get to know a different side of the city on a ghost tour; paranormal adventures tend to visit spooky locations such as the Asheville Mystery Museum, set in the basement of the Asheville Masonic Temple. 

If beer and spooky stories aren’t your bag, get dinner at one of the many farm-to-table restaurants in downtown Asheville. Wrap up the night with rooftop cocktails and a view of the city lights at SkyBar Asheville.

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Asheville Night-Time Walking Ghost Tour

Asheville Night-Time Walking Ghost Tour

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Take a spooky stroll through the streets of downtown Asheville on this ghost walking tour. Led by an expert local guide, learn about the area’s hair-raising tales and dark history, like the woman who haunts the Omni Grove Park Inn, the body entombed in the wall of the Basilica of St. Lawrence and much more. It's a fascinating, spine-tingling adventure.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$20.52
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Downtown Asheville Guided Brewery Walking Tour

Downtown Asheville Guided Brewery Walking Tour

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Asheville’s reputation as one of the top cities for brews in the Southeast is well-deserved, but the huge number of breweries to choose from can be intimidating for visitors. Discover which breweries are worth the hype on this Asheville brewery tour, which takes you to craft breweries with behind-the-scene access and ample pours at each. Unlike other Asheville brewery tours, this one is led by a certified cicerone, a recognized expert when it comes to beer.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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US$37.95
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Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfalls Hiking Tour with Transportation from Asheville

Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfalls Hiking Tour with Transportation from Asheville

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Hike the best of the Blue Ridge Parkway on this guided day trip to three scenic waterfalls from Asheville. Take in views of the mountains as you tour the classic road in a comfortable van and hear stories about the area’s natural history and culture from your local guide. Watch for blooming laurels and rhododendron as you walk the easy to moderate trails through lush oak and hickory forests. Enjoy light refreshments along the way with plenty of time to relax by the falls before returning to Asheville.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$86.09
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2-Hour Guided Segway Tour of Asheville

2-Hour Guided Segway Tour of Asheville

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Explore the "Paris of the South"—Asheville, North Carolina—on a Segway during this 2-hour guided tour. Traveling via Segway allows you to cover much more ground than you would on foot, which makes this a great comprehensive tour for first-time visitors. You'll get lessons on how to maneuver the 2-wheeled, self-balancing electric scooter before you depart; even beginners will feel safe and comfortable.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$68.09
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US$68.09

Asheville Historic Downtown Guided Electric Bike Tour with Scenic Views

Asheville Historic Downtown Guided Electric Bike Tour with Scenic Views

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Discover Asheville’s noteworthy landmarks and architectural gems while covering plenty of ground. This 2.5-hour tour by electric bike lets you safely navigate Asheville’s hilly terrain. Follow your guide through city streets, greenways, and picturesque neighborhoods. At carefully chosen viewpoints, you’ll stop to hear the stories behind historical sites. Numbers are limited to seven riders per tour to ensure personalized attention.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$66.67
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Asheville Guided Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour

Asheville Guided Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour

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Explore the historic French Broad River in Asheville on a stand-up paddleboard during this guided, 2.5-hour, small-group tour. Float through the city’s calm, downtown waterway and learn about the history of the region while participating in one of Asheville’s most popular activities. Paddleboarding experience is helpful but not necessary. All equipment — paddleboard, paddle, personal flotation device, leash, river booties and dry bag — are included.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$82.48
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Guided Horseback Ride through Flame Azalea & Fern Forest

Guided Horseback Ride through Flame Azalea & Fern Forest

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Horseback riding through the Blue Ridge Mountains is a beautiful way to explore the area’s natural attractions. Trot through fern groves, past rows of wild flame azaleas, and into a white pine forest on well-trained, gentle horses. This tour includes a safety training, too, making it a good choice for beginner horseback riders and children.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$92.26
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US$92.26
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Asheville Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Asheville Scavenger Hunt Adventure

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Solve clues, complete challenges, and race against competing teams while checking out top Asheville sights on this self-guided Asheville scavenger hunt. Follow the guide on your smartphone to reach historical attractions, outdoor art, and essential Asheville sights, all with your self-chosen team of two to five people. Because this tour is all from your phone, you can complete it on your own schedule.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$20.52
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Price varies by group size


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