Asheville's Top Attractions and Historic Sites

Asheville Quilt Garden

Asheville is a mountain town with deep roots and a storied past. Historic architecture and sites provide visitors with an inside look into that past. Asheville of today is vibrant and creative, and the blend of old and new is seen throughout the area. Plan your Asheville vacation and make sure you don’t miss the top attractions and things to do. 

Biltmore Estate

Construction finished on the 250-room French Renaissance home in 1895, and today the historic mansion and garden is open to the public. The manicured garden and grounds spans roughly 8,000 acres and features 2.5 miles of paths to explore. There is also a winery on-site. 

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The North Carolina Arboretum

The North Carolina Arboretum is within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest of the Pisgah National Forest and features 434 acres of manicured gardens. There are hiking and biking trails, guided tours, exhibits, events, and education programs offered at the arboretum. 

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Asheville Urban Trail

The Asheville Urban Trail is coined as the town’s ‘museum without walls.’ The 1.7-mile, self-guided walking tour takes you along 30 sites throughout town. All of the sites are public sculptures that represent one of five distinct time periods, including the Gilded Age, Frontier Period, Times of Thomas Wolfe, Era of Civic Pride, and Age of Diversity. Beginning and ending at Pack Place, the tour takes about two hours. 

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Historic Grovewood Village

Historic Grovewood Village is small but mighty. Once home to the weaving and woodworking operations of the Biltmore Industries, the Historic Grovewood Village sits on 11 acres of land and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visit the Grovewood Gallery, Biltmore Industries Homespun Museum, the Golden Fleece restaurant, and an antique car museum. 

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Basilica of St. Lawrence

Built in 1905, the Basilica of St. Lawrence is one of downtown Asheville’s most stunning architecture treasures featuring the largest freestanding elliptical dome in the country. The basilica is open daily for a self-guided tour or a complimentary guided tour, which can be booked in advance. The Basilica of St. Lawrence is the only basilica in western North Carolina. 

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Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

The Carl Sandburg house is a National Historic Site honoring the American poet, journalist, and editor who won three Pulitzer Prizes. Go on a guided tour of the home, visit the goat farm, and experience the beautiful nature that surrounds the home. There are 5 miles of trails to explore. 

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