6 Unique Things To Do In Asheville NC
We’ve heard such great things about Asheville, North Carolina that we couldn’t wait to plan a trip and experience the city for ourselves. We’re big fans of the Smoky Mountains after spending time in Tennessee, so we were very excited to get there.
I love myself a good craft brew, and little did I know that the Asheville micro-brew scene has exploded in the recent years. When we first got to the city, we drove around to check things out and there was literally a brewery on every other block. I was in heaven! We also experienced some really cool activities in Asheville, ranging from extremely unique to extremely luxurious.
Check out our recommendations for things to do in Asheville NC:
1. Blue Ridge Parkway
We love National Parks for all that they stand for and the beauty of untouched nature. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a scenic drive that shows off the Pisgah National Forest and the Blue Ridge Mountains in all their glory. Here you can find great hikes and adventures in the forest, including Sliding Rock and Looking Glass Falls. We wrote more about some great hikes along the Blue Ridge Parkway on our blog, which you can check out here.
2. The Adventure Center of Asheville
Along with National Parks, we also love adventure activities, so when we heard of the Adventure Center of Asheville, our interest was piqued. Here you’ll find challenging ropes courses where you’ll climb up to the tree tops and go through obstacle courses about 50 feet in the air. They also have a kids zip line course which was very suitable for adults as well. We had a great time zipping around the park.
3. No Taste Like Home
No Taste Like Home offers one of the most unique and interesting activities we’ve ever done. They offer foraging tours which are led by guides who really know their stuff when it comes to edible plants. We went in with open minds and mouths. Some of the things we ate included Creeping Charlie, which I always thought was a pesky weed in my backyard, Day Lillies and birch bark which tasted remarkably like root beer.
No Taste Like Home has also partnered with several Asheville restaurants, so you can bring your foraged items to the restaurant and they will prepare it for you, for free! Talk about BYO!
4. Asheville Pinball Museum
Another unique place to visit in Asheville is the Asheville Pinball Museum. This museum/arcade was opened by a man who was a school teacher, but decided to chase his dream and open an old school arcade that featured restored and antique pinball machines. They have a great all-in-one price of $13, and you can play all day. That definitely beats having to get quarters or buy tokens like I did as a kid. They also have a bar serving local brews and sodas.
5. The Biltmore
The Biltmore is a luxurious mansion built by George Vanderbilt which offers tours of the estate, a luxury hotel and a winery. The initial views of the estate are breath taking. It’s so amazing to see all that goes into running an estate like this. We opted for the audio tour and learned quite a bit about the estate’s history.
6. Wildwater Pigeon Jeep Tour
The Wildwater Pigeon Jeep Tours offers a back country Jeep tour of the Smoky Mountains. We all piled in a modified Jeep Wrangler and hit the road up into the mountains to get some back country knowledge from our tour guide. She told us stories of the moonshiners in the area. You could feel the temperature drop as you climbed the mountains and we got to feel the cold clean waters of the rivers and streams we drove along. This was a very unique adventure!
I’d definitely add Asheville as a destination in your travel plans. There are so many things to do in this great city!