Asheville has been named Best Mountain Destination, Best Southern Town and one of just a dozen Must See Destinations. There is much to do and see so take the time to plan ahead.
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This ten acre area features native flora of NC in a natural setting. Gardens open daylight hours. Visitors Center open 9:30 am to 4 pm.
Awarded Top Family Entertainment Center in the World two years in a row, the Fun Depot is great for all children over 5. Features: multi-level laser tag, 18 hole indoor mini-golf, a 24-foot climbing wall, soft play area, batting cages, multi-level outdoor go-cart track, indoor go-kart track, bumper cars, and mini-bowling! Young or old there is something for kids of all ages.
One of Asheville’s main attractions, the Biltmore Estate is America’s largest home which has magnificent gardens and an award-winning winery. They have numerous outdoor activities, great shopping, and delicious dining as well.
Blowing Rock is North Carolina’s oldest travel attraction since 1933.
Enjoy hiking and spectacular views at this well-known tourist spot. The focal point is a 315 foot monolith towering 2,280 feet in the air with 75-mile views. The Last of the Mohicans, the 1992 epic romantic adventure, filmed part of the movie along the Cliff Trail, including the climactic fight scene at the top of Hickory Nut Falls, a 404-foot waterfall located in the park.
Fun for the teen or young at heart in your family. The Food Lion SkatePark offers a safe, challenging, and attractive skate park facility for skateboarders of all ages.
Another great attraction to visit with your children while in Asheville. The Health Adventure is a health and science museum for children that opens up the wonders of the human body and the world around us.
Located just minutes from Asheville, NC, in the Pisgah National Forest. Lake Powhatan Recreation Area is a beautiful campground on the banks of Lake Powhatan where you can picnic, hike and swim. It adjoins the Bent Creek hiking trails and is nearby the WNC Arboretum, Biltmore Estate and the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Located deep inside Humpback Mountain is North Carolina’s only caverns. Linville caverns remain active as mineral deposits continue to form the stalactites and stalagmites. Guided Tours are offered daily and on weekends in the winter months.
Ascending more than a mile high, it is the highest peak in the Appalachian Mountains. During the summer months wildflowers are abundant and the forest is lush and green.
The 434 acre site is one of the most beautiful natural settings with magnificent gardens that reflect the flora & fauna of the mountains. You can enjoy special exhibits in the visitor’s center and miles of hiking trails. The Arboretum borders the Bent Creek hiking & biking trails.
Much of Western North Carolina is covered by national forest, making it a hiker’s paradise. Looking Glass Falls, The Cradle of Forestry, and Sliding Rock-a 60 ft natural waterslide are located along 276 in the forest. For maps or information on great places to hike, call the National Forest Service.
Asheville’s premier horseback riding destination.
The WNC Nature Center is a great adventure for the younger set. It is a living museum of plants and animals native to the Appalachian region. You can see animals in their natural habitat and there is even a petting area for children to see animals up close.
Western NC Waterfalls
If you love waterfalls, western NC has some of the best and easiest to access. Here are a couple of sites that give information on waterfalls in the area.