Spread over 8,000 acres, the stunning Biltmore House mansion and landscaped grounds of industrialist and philanthropist George Vanderbilt stand as an impressive testament to American upper-class society.
As a result, you can tour the 65 acres of lush cultivated flower and plant gardens, special exhibits, and the popular Bonsai garden, and get some exercise to boot.
The Craggy Picnic area and hiking trails are at milepost 367.6, and the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center is located at Milepost 364.4. Either way, you’ll have many scenic trails to choose from with refreshing mountain air to invigorate you.
Built in 1905, the Minor Basilica of St. Lawrence the Deacon & Martyr is only one of 89 Catholic basilicas in the US. Raphael Guastavino, a Spanish architect who first worked on the Biltmore Estate, designed this church that resembles any of those found in the great cities of Europe.
Several walking tours take visitors through the town to savor some irresistible offerings from both fine dining establishments and shops. The most popular of these is Asheville Food Tours. If you’re just thirsty for some locally made microbrews, check out the Brew-ED of Asheville tour.