As well as being a hub for outdoor adventure, Asheville is home to a lively arts and culture scene. Two days in the hip southern town give you just enough time to tick off cultural highlights and explore the surrounding region. Here’s how.
Get to know downtown Asheville on a Segway tour, on which a guide introduces you to local history, culture, and top sights. Plus, you can orient yourself without worrying about navigating or finding parking.
Put your new-found knowledge of Asheville to use on a scavenger hunt adventure that lets you pair up with friends to discover the city in a fun way. Hunts focus on solving clues and completing challenges, and typically cover historic attractions such as the Grove Arcade, Vance Memorial, and Basilica of Saint Lawrence.
Head to the historic Biltmore Estate—a 250-room mansion that boasts the title of America's largest home—for a self-guided tour of the château and gardens. Then, enjoy estate-raised local fare in the historic dining room while watching sunset.
Catch an early breakfast at one of Asheville’s hip cafes and then venture into the mountains on a hiking tour. With countless mountain trails, waterfalls, and scenic overlooks, there’s no shortage of places to explore in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
After your morning hike, spend the afternoon stand-up paddleboarding along the French Broad River. Or, if you’re not too tired out from your hike, go white-water rafting on the Watauga River.
Spend your final evening in Asheville on a brewery tour that takes you to several of the town’s best breweries. Sample local beers and learn about the beer-making process and then, when the tour concludes, continue bar hopping to listen to live music.