It is a town in the State of North Carolina is surrounded by the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina. It is placed in a mountainous landscape, presided by Appalachian mounts. Asheville, NC, gets 38 inches of rain per year. On average, there are 212 sunny days per year in Asheville, NC. The July high is around 85 degrees. Whenever you decide to visit our beautiful mountains, you'll find plenty of things to do in and around Asheville. In winter, enjoy mild days in Asheville with easy access to the higher elevations that are dusted in snow. Then, watch the mountains awaken as spring blankets the hillsides with wildflowers. Glorious summer brings warm days for outdoor fun and cool nights for enjoying the hours after dark. And autumn cloaks these peaks with every


  • Population: 72,789
  • Pop. Change: 6%
  • State: North Carolina
  • Metro Area: Asheville Metro Area
  • County: Buncombe County
  • City: Asheville
  • Zip Code: 28801, 28802, 28803, 28804, 28805, 28806, 28810, 28813, 28814, 28815, 28816, 28746

Local Attraction:Old Kentucky Home at Thomas Wolfe Memorial, Asheville, NC

Thomas Wolfe Memorial

Thomas Wolfe is perhaps the most overtly autobiographical novelist in American Literature. The Thomas Wolfe Memorial immortalized his childhood home showcases the early 20th century novelist’s Queen Anne style boyhood home, the setting of his autobiographical novel, “You Can’t Go Home Again”, "Time and the River", “Look Homeward, Angel.” Wolfe's colorful portrayal of his family, his hometown of Asheville, North Carolina and the Old Kentucky Home boarding house earned the historic Victorian home a place as one of American Literature's most famous landmarks.

A modern visitor center with an exhibit hall featuring personal effects from the Wolfe family home, Wolfe's New York City apartment, and his father's stonecutting shop. An audio-visual program on Thomas Wolfe's life and writing is shown every hour, and guided tours around the boarding house leave from the visitor center. The building also houses a gift shop. In addition to covering Thomas Wolfe and his writing, staff members can also teach about subject ranging from life in early 20th century urban NC to childhood topics (toys, chores, etc.) and primary school oriented writing exercises. The Wolfe Memorial is a National Historic Landmark. Address & Contact: 52 North Market Street, sheville, NC 28801Phone: 828-253-8304 Fax: 828-252-8171Email: Web:

The Health Adventure

The Health Adventure explores the wonders of the human body and the world around us to encourage curiosity, creativity, and the capacity for individual discovery. Health, biological and physical sciences, technology, and the scientific process are emphasized in interactive exhibits and curricula. Creative programs and exhibits emphasize participation, exploration, and fun to make informed decisions about personal health, scientific advances, and career choices. Visitors are offered activities such as brushing a large set of teeth, Mr Bones, Nutrispace, Sciencespace, peer pressure, substance abuse, mathematics, physics, human sexuality, AIDS, nutrition, exercise, bones, senses, DNA, lasers, biology  and learning about bodily functions through a transparent mannequin and more. Address and contact: 2 S Pack Sq, sheville, NC 28801Phone: (828) 254-6373, Web:

French Broad River Rafting Expeditions

This wide river runs through the counties of Buncombe, Madison and Transylvania. Possesses the characteristics necessary to make it land and water sports activities.

Whether its adventure and excitement of whitewater rafting or the ease and relaxation of a calm water trip or for a thrilling whitewater rafting experience on Western North Carolina’s most scenic and free flowing river, the French Broad River is one of the oldest and most playful whitewater rivers in Western North Carolina. When visiting Asheville, North Carolina, let French Broad Rafting Expeditions take you and your family or group on an exciting whitewater or calm water rafting adventure. Enjoy the natural beauty of the Pisgah National Forest as French Broad Rafting Expeditions takes you down the French Broad River on a memorable rafting journey. Address and contact: French Broad Rafting Expeditions, 800 US Hwy 25-70 Marshall, North Carolina 28753, Phone: 1-800-570-RAFT (7238) Fax: 828-649-0516 Email: Web:

Biltmore Estate

The Biltmore mansion contains 250 rooms of French style. It is the largest private residence in America. It has beautiful gardens and several restaurants.

Pack Place Education, Arts and Science Center:

It consists of five of the most important tourist attractions in North Carolina: The Asheville Art Museum, the Colburn Gem and Mineral Museum, the Diana Wortham Theater, The Health Adventure and AC YMI Cultural Center.

Asheville Hot Air Balloons, LLC   

Located in Candler, NC six miles west of Asheville. We fly across the Hominy Valley amidst the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. Cold Mtn., Mt. Pisgah and Mt. Mitchell loom in the background will take your breath away! Address and contact: Asheville Hot Air Balloons, LLC, P.O. Box 2319, Candler, NC 28715-231, Phone: 828-667-9943

Beach at Lake Lure

Float on an inner tube, picnic in the shade, or just catch some rays at this beach in the mountains. Enjoy the Water Works with water slides and other soaking-wet fun. Relax under the sun, float on the water, build sand castles with your children, or picnic with friends and family. Address and contact: 2724 Memorial Highway, Lake Lure, NC 28746 (36.7 mi – about 55 mins from Asheville) Phone: 828-625-1373 Web:

House Museum of Smith

It is the mansion older than still one stays in Asheville. It was the home of the friendly of the Vanderbilts. It exhibits some rooms decorated with furniture of half-full of century XIX and principles of century XX.

Western North Carolina Nature Center

Museum exhibitions and interpretations of animal life in the Appalachian mountains.

Folk Art Center

Is the home of the guild of craftsmen in the south. Are offered daily demonstrations of his art. Owns a shop with work by members of the guild.

North Carolina Museum Homespun

Museum of Industrial History of Biltmore, the fabrics made by hand since the early twentieth century. It outlines and provides film utensils and handicraft exhibitions of this work.

Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Approximately 300 miles of this Maine-to-Georgia primitive hiking trail spans North Carolina. Address and contact: Palachian National Scenic Trail
30 Caledonia Road, Asheville, NC 28803 Phone: 828-252-9266exhibition at Asheville Art Museum, NC

Asheville Art Museum

The Asheville Art Museum annually presents an exciting, inviting and active schedule of exhibitions and public programs based on its permanent outstanding collection, showcasing of 20th and 21st century American art and the cultural heritage and contemporary art of Western North Carolina and is accredited by the American Association of Museums. Pack Place houses the Asheville Art Museum, Colburn Earth Science Museum, Diana Wortham Theatre, The Health Adventure, and the YMI Cultural Center, making it one of the highest concentrations of culture in the South. Interactive group tours are also offered, led by expert guides who will customize tours to fit each group's educational interests. Address & contact: Asheville Art Museum, 2 South Pack Square, P.O. Box 1717, Asheville, NC 28802-1717. Phone: 828.253.3227, Fax: 828.257.4503 Email: Web:

Colburn Earth Science Museum

The Mission of the Colburn Earth Science Museum is to foster an appreciation for the Earth and its resources and environments through exhibits, to display the fascinating collection of rare gemstones, minerals and crystals amassed by engineer Burnham S. Colburn, educational programs and the care of its collection. Provide exhibition of Mineral Collection, Gem Collection, Petrology Collection, North Carolina Minerals (gems, ores, and historic mining photographs), science behind the weather report, gold mining (rubies, sapphires, emerald, aquamarine, amethyst, and other gems), and fluorescent minerals, Crystals, Fossil Collection, Archival and Reference Library. Address & Contact: 2 South Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801, Phone: 828-254-7162 Fax: 828-257-4505 Email: Web: http://www.colburnmuseum.orgBotanical Gardens in winter season at Asheville, NC

The Botanical Gardens at Asheville

Garden with plants indigenous to the region of the Appalachians. You can find a gift shop. Come to the Gardens to enjoy the vast variety of our native plants. The Gardens are open dawn to dusk. A half-mile loop trail conducts visitors through the garden’s ten acres, meandering through meadows, across bridges over streams, and over a woodland ridge to a wildflower cove. The Gardens feature a wide variety of wildflowers and flowering trees and scrubs that are native to the Southern Appalachians and increase public awareness of this region’s unique botanical diversity by maintaining gardens for the enjoyment of the public and by providing educational programs and research resources for the community. The Botanical Gardens at Asheville contains more than 1000 books relating to botany, horticulture, ecology, and ornithology. Address & Contact:
The Botanical Gardens at Asheville, 151 W.T. Weaver Blvd. Asheville, NC 28804-3414 Telephone:  (828) 252-5190 Fax: (828) 252-1211 Email: Web:

North Carolina Arboretum

Cultivated gardens that reflect the unique culture and arts of the Appalachian Mountains. Visit the Connections Gallery to experience paintings, pottery, jewelry, glass, copper and forged pieces, fiber art, handmade brooms, and many other craft items, seasonal museum exhibition program. Bonsai collection at The North Carolina Arboretum features more than 100 others in various stages of development such as Japanese maple and Chinese elm; tropical plants such as willow leaf fig and powder-puff; and American species such as bald cypress and limber pine. Moreover  National Azalea Repository trails, Bent Creek Road and Trail, Carolina Mountain Trail, Wesley Branch Trail, Natural Garden Trail, Owl Ridge Trail, Old Mill Trail, Running Cedar Road Trail, The Old Arboretum Trail, Asheville Amblers Walking Club Trail by hiking and cycling, Segway™ ride of the Arboretum trails also available. Address & Contact: North Carolina Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, North Carolina 28806,  Phone: 828-665-2492, Fax: 828-665-2371, Email: Web:

Western North Carolina Farmers Market

The market for farm products such as jams jellies, vegetables and pieces of craftsmanship. It also owns a restaurant and a garden. Stop by to look through fresh produce and even grab some lunch at one of the great dining areas if you find yourself getting hungry. There is even a neat greenhouse and nursery center where you can check out some of the prettiest and healthiest plants that you have ever seen in your life. Features displays of high quality fruits and vegetables, mountain crafts, jams, jellies, preserves, sourwood honey, and dozens of other farm fresh items. Address & Contact: 570 Brevard Road, Asheville, North Carolina 28806, Phone: (828) 253-1691 FAX: (828) 252-2025, Web:

Asheville after dark is vibrant, funky and fun:

Asheville has a thriving and vibrant nightlife scene, ranging from wine bars to friendly, neighborhood brewpubs to sidewalk cafes and coffee shops. Downtown Asheville is especially funky and fascinating after dark, with street musicians and the popular long-running drum circle. Local playhouses present comedies, dramas and musical nightly.

The local live music scene is amazing for a city of this size, recently attracting the likes of the Smashing Pumpkins as part of just a two-city tour in Asheville and San Francisco.

Pine Mountain Adventures

Specializing in trips and workshops, Pine Mountain Adventures' programs are based on the concepts of public and corporate leadership, experiential Education, counseling, social Work, and outdoor leadership. Their activities are staffed by professionals trained to conduct safe, well-planned adventures. Programs are provided primarily in the Southeast with workshops available near the following cities; Atlanta, Asheville, Birmingham, Charlotte, Montgomery, Greenville, Chattanooga and Tampa. Focusing on bonding, communication, teamwork, problem solving and trust, their games, initiatives, low elements and high elements work well in a variety of session lengths that can be tailored to fit individual group needs. Pine Mountain Adventures' programs provide conference planners with four distinctively different activities for their meeting attendees:

  • Executive Games & Initiatives
  • The Callaway Challenge Course
  • Orienteering Challenge
  • The Canoeing Adventure

Contact and address: Pine Mountain Adventures, LLC, Asheville, NC Phone: 828.553.0496. Email and web:

Asheville, NC Golf Courses

Biltmore Forest Country Club, Biltmore Forest Course

Biltmore Forest is one of south Asheville's (2 miles from the center of Asheville) oldest and finest golf course communities overlooking a superb golf course, surrounded by mountains. There were attractive homes in the same style built around the course featuring a Donald Ross designed, Edward L. Palmer of Baltimore was commissioned architect of the château Clubhouse, and Chauncey Badly of the Biltmore Estate was employed as landscape architect. 18 holes over 6,606 yards with a par of 72 (Private Non-Equity) and of course the prestigious Biltmore Forest Country Club. Water comes into play on seven holes. In 1999, the Biltmore Forest Country Club hosted the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship.Contact and address: Biltmore Forest Country Club, 31 Stuyvesant Rd Asheville, NC 28803-3022, Phone Number: (828) 274-1261

Buncombe County Municipal Golf Course

Opposite to Biltmore (6 miles from the center of Asheville), this is a 18 holes over 6,356 yards with a par of 72 (Municipal). Nestled along the Swannanoa River ten minutes East of Asheville, the course offers beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Asheville Municipal Golf Course, a municipal facility, is currently seeking National Historic designation. Contact and address: Buncombe County Municipal Golf Course,
226 Fairway Dr Asheville, NC 28805-2409, Phone: (828) 298-1867, Fax: (828) 298-5249

Crowne Plaza Resort Golf Course, the Crowne Plaza Golf and Tennis Resort

It is 7 miles from the center of Asheville with 9 holes over 5,600 yards with a par of 70 (Public). Crowne Plaza Resort hosts a memorable visit to our beautiful mountains and provides all the comforts for the leisure and business traveler alike. A personal touch and gracious accommodations await you including Golf, Tennis, Swimming, Fitness, Massage, Pine Mountain Adventures (partner of Pine Mountain Adventures, LLC), wedding parties of every size, Dining, Bar and Grille with special packages.

Incoming Golf Course: 18-hole golf course (the golf course is under reconstruction with a 9-hole Championship Golf Course is coming in summer 2009) to the Crowne Plaza Resort, "The Place to Meet". A new indoor soccer center will also be added with completion by the Summer of 2009. Contact and address: 1 Resort Dr, Asheville, NC 28806-3815 Phone: (800) 733-3211, (828) 254-3211 [Toll Free Reservations] Fax: (828) 285-2688 Email:

Grove Park Inn Golf Course, Resort & Spa

The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa is a great location to get some rest, and hiking is a popular thing to do around Beaver Lake; Laurel Mountain Trail is a wonderful local trail. It is 9 miles from the center of Asheville with 18 holes over 6,720 yards with a par of 70 (Public).

Recent exhibitions have featured PGA stars Doug Sanders, Gene Littler, Fuzzy Zoeller and Chip Beck. Hall-of-Famers Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino and Gary Player have also walked these legendary fairways and greens. Recent exhibitions have featured PGA stars Doug Sanders, Gene Littler, Fuzzy Zoeller and Chip Beck. Hall-of-Famers Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino and Gary Player have also walked these legendary fairways and greens.

Spa is ranked #13 Worldwide by Travel & Leisure "World's Best Hotel Spas" 2008. Consider to use our mineral pools with soothing underwater music and nearby waterfall pools, exhilarating contrast pools, a lap pool, an inhalation room, sauna and a eucalyptus-infused steam room. Sip herbal teas and savor refreshments in separate Men’s and Women’s Relaxation Lounges. The Inn’s own offerings, as well as to create new and exciting residential and hospitality opportunities. Contact and address: The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa, 90 Macon Ave, Country Club Pro Shop, Asheville, NC 28804, Phone: (800) 438-5800 FAX: (828) 253-7053 Email: Web: http://www.groveparkinn.comCountry Club of Asheville, Asheville, NC

Country Club of Asheville

It is 10 miles from the center of Asheville with 18 holes over 6,638 yards with a par of 72 (Private Equity), 825 members and built in 1928. A 25 tee driving range along with putting and chipping greens are available. In addition to golf, the club offers a state of the art indoor tennis facility along with 8 outdoor clay courts, GRILLE & LOUNGE Food & Bar Service as well as a modern fitness facility.

During the summer months the Olympic swimming pool is a welcome attraction for families. The Country Club provides a welcoming ambiance, extraordinary dining, and impeccable service, to make it the natural choice for your next event. Come join us at the Country Club of Asheville, a destination for your country club experience. Address & contact: The Country Club of Asheville, 70 Windsor Road, PO Box 8725, Asheville, NC  28804 Phone: (828) 258-9183 Fax: (828) 258-0431 Email: Web:

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