Asheville, NC is an incredibly popular tourist destination and place to live, and with good reason. There are countless activities and things to do in Asheville and the surrounding Western North Carolina area. Not far from the stunning Blue Ridge Parkway and the famous Biltmore Estate, Asheville has a vibrant-yet-easygoing feel that makes it a wonderful place to visit. From nearby vineyards, great restaurants, and unique shops to historic sites and a growing arts district, there is something for everyone who visits Asheville.
Best of all, Asheville is an easy 40-minute drive from our Saluda bed and breakfast, meaning it’s a perfect day trip! You can explore Asheville, visit Biltmore, and enjoy a fun-filled day, then come back to our cozy, inviting inn to end your day in relaxation and comfort. There are also many activities near Saluda if you don’t feel like driving much!
Following are some of our recommendations for things to do in Asheville – we’re sure you’ll find even more when you visit! For more things to do near Asheville, NC, download our Western North Carolina Vacation Guide, then explore our rooms and cottages and start planning your trip!
Things to Do in Asheville, NC & the Blue Ridge Parkway
Biltmore Estate 1 Lodge St, Asheville, NC 28803 | (828) 225-1333
Visit the 8,000-acre estate built by George Vanderbilt and experience the country’s largest private residence. Besides sightseeing, this major Asheville landmark is known for its winery and vineyards as well as its available outdoor activities like horseback riding and rafting.
Green River Adventures 111 E Main St, Saluda, NC 28773 | (828) 749-2800
Have an unforgettable outdoor adventure kayaking on Green River. Or add more thrill to your trip by going down Bradley Falls through a 200-ft rappel. Want to relax? Enjoy an exclusive time swimming in a private and gorgeous swimming hole after an easy one-mile hike.
Gorge Zipline Canopy Adventure 166 Honey Bee Drive, Saluda, NC 28773 | (828) 749-2500
Take an exhilarating zipline canopy adventure in the spectacular Green River Gorge in Saluda. The Gorge drops an exciting 1,100 vertical feet from start to finish. Be amazed by the breathtaking views of 14,000 acres of protected forest while listening to the wild roar of the Green River.
Chimney Rock 431 Main St, Chimney Rock, NC 28720 | (828) 625-9611
Don’t leave the NC mountains without laying your eyes on the iconic Chimney Rock. Minutes away from Lake Lure, Chimney Rock offers a spectacular 75-mile view of the mountains, hiking trails suited for any ages, a 404-foot waterfall, and plenty of events.
Mountain Brook Vineyards 731 Phillips Dairy Rd., Tryon, NC 28782 | (828) 817-4376
If you love wine, take a tour of Mountain Brook Vineyards in nearby Tryon, NC! This beautiful, 7.5-acre vineyard uses only North Carolina-grown grapes and specializes in small, high-quality vintages. Mountain Brook Vineyards produces a delicious range of red and white wines.
Gray Line Trolley Tours of Asheville 36 Montford Ave, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 251-8687
Discover Asheville through a sweet ride on Gray Line’s historic red trolley and get to know the city’s history and significant locations and hot-spots.
Asheville Brews Cruise 45 S French Broad Ave, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 545-5181
Are you cruisin’ for a brewsin’? Hop on the Brews Cruise tour and find out why Asheville is known as the nation’s Beer City. Amazing local brews guaranteed.
Right in front of the Courthouse in downtown Asheville is Splashville, where kids of all ages can get soaked for free! This attraction is located right next to Pack’s Tavern so you can eat and drink on the outdoor patio while the kids splash around the place.
LaZoom Tours 14 Battery Park Ave, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 225-6932
Don’t miss the most exciting tour of Asheville via the LaZoom bus, a giant art deco purple bio-diesel fueled ride you’ll never see elsewhere! Alcoholic drinks are also allowed onboard for a more enjoyable experience.
Asheville Botanical Gardens 151 W.T. Weaver Blvd, Asheville, NC 28804 | (828) 252-5190
Flower lovers will appreciate the collection of 600 plants native to the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The plant habitats range from dry and sunny to shaded and wet; thus, you’ll be sure to find many suitable niches for a great variety of plants.
Asheville Tourists 30 Buchanan Plance, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 258-0428
Go out for some ball game and visit the home of the Asheville Tourists. The best day to visit is on Thursdays for the Thirsty Thursday home game, where beers and soda cost only a buck.
A vacation in Asheville is incomplete without taking some swings on one of the dozens of golf courses in Asheville. Some were even designed by professional golfer and Hall of Famer, Donald Ross!