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This is an area of North Carolina Mountains that 83,000 people call home.
Raleigh, the state capital, is about 220 miles to the east of Asheville, and Alexander is 9 miles to the northwest.
Want to start your vacation with a bang? A renowned attraction, Biltmore Estate should't be missed.
Give the kids a treat and enjoy some quality time at Elijah Mountain Gem Mine and Asheville Pinball Museum. Want more? The Johnson Farm and the Hop'n Blueberry Farm will ensure that the good times keep rolling.
Team ECCO Ocean Center and Aquarium is an aquatic learning experience for all ages.
The Western North Carolina Nature Center is a terrific place to take your family for an entertaining afternoon among big and small animals. If your time is limited, find the information desk and take a map so you can quickly find the zoo's many highlights.
The Pisgah Brewing Company and the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company offer beer aficionados a great opportunity to learn about the complex process of brewing and what it is that makes the beer around here so easy to drink. Explore where it all happens and enjoy a very refreshing afternoon seeing the sights.
There's not many things more enjoyable than a full-bodied wine. Try some of the best of this region at the Biltmore Winery or the Judd's Peak Vineyard. Should those wineries give you a taste for more, think about visiting the Green Creek Winery and the Overmountain Vineyards.
Would you like to learn about some of the local flora? Spend a day at the Botanical Gardens at Asheville or the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge. Many also enjoy wandering around the Plants of Promise Garden and the Stream Garden.
Pack some lunch and take five in the tranquil surroundings of North Carolina Arboretum and Connestee Falls Park. There's also plenty of space for a game or two on the grass at Robert Lake Park and Beaver Lake View Park.
Don't know where to go next? You're bound to come up with some great ideas at Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau and Visitor Education Center.
Year after year a massive amount of water plunges over the edge of Sliding Rock and Slick Rock Falls. Find your way to a comfortable vantage point and enjoy the spectacle. Many travelers also enjoy the untamed vistas of Pearson's Falls and Looking Glass Falls.
On a nice day, Lake Lure Beach and Water Park is the place to go to taste the fresh salty air, enjoy long walks and test out the water temperature.
Turn your phone off and have a rest from the modern world at Looking Glass Rock and Bent Creek Experimental Forest. Nature-loving travelers will also enjoy Cold Mountain and Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.
The area's exhibition spaces are a gold mine of interesting stories and quirky facts. The Western North Carolina Air Museum and the House of Flags Museum offer a range of displays and collections that are bound to keep you captivated. The Hendersonville Antique Toy Museum and the Southern Appalachian Radio Museum are also worth looking at.
The Colburn Earth Science Museum, Green River Plantation and Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute are good places for tourists who like learning about scientific breakthroughs. The interesting collection of inventions and other gadgets on show at these wonderful museums will keep inquiring minds captivated for days.
The specimens at the Mineral and Lapidary Museum are more than just interesting to look at. In fact, they also play an important role in helping us understand the natural world.
Expand your appreciation of art, and perhaps even find a piece to take back home at one of the area's various gallery and exhibition spaces. Pay a visit to the Asheville Art Museum and the Grovewood Gallery for some great examples of what this creative hotspot has to offer. If these leave you feeling energized, finish up the afternoon at the Folk Art Center and the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design.
Travel back through time and unveil stories of the past at the Transylvania Heritage Museum or the Canton Area Historical Museum. Like the sound of those? You'll be able to learn even more at the Henderson County Heritage Museum and the Black Mountain College Museum.
Asheville City Hall and Smith-McDowell House Museum are certainly worth looking into, even if you aren't a history buff. You might also like to pull out the camera for some photos at the Cradle of Forestry and the Colonial Theater.
Whether you think of yourself as spiritual or not, you'll be sure to enjoy a trip to Basilica of Saint Lawrence and Cathedral Of All Souls. Chatlos Memorial Chapel and Unity Center are two more popular sacred sites.
Before you pack up your suitcase and head home, ensure you visit a few of the lesser-known attractions here. Some interesting options are the Flat Rock Playhouse and the Diana Wortham Theatre. If you have more time to spare, also think about visiting the Pack Place Education Arts and Science Center or the YMI Cultural Center.
Situated in the historical district, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Memorial Stadium, Downtown Market Asheville and Asheville Mall. Biltmore Estate is 3.6 mi (5.7 km) away.
Situated in Asheville, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Innsbruck Mall and Asheville Mall. Pack Square and Asheville City Hall are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated in Asheville, this motel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Cathedral Of All Souls and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Asheville Mall. Biltmore Village and Smith-McDowell House Museum are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Situated in Asheville, this hotel is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Center for Spiritual Living and within 6 miles (10 km) of Asheville Treetops Adventure Park and Asheville Outlets. Grey Eagle and Altamont Theater are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated in Asheville, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Innsbruck Mall and Asheville Mall. Asheville City Hall and Pack Square are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Situated in Mill Spring, this golf hotel is within 20 mi (32 km) of Tryon International Equestrian Center, Green Creek Winery and Overmountain Vineyards.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Southridge Shopping Center and within 3 miles (5 km) of Broadmoor Golf Course and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. Unity Center and Biltmore Park Town Square are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated on a lake, this lodge is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Lake Lure Golf Club and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Canopy Ridge Farm. Lake Lure Beach and Water Park and Lake Lure Flowering Bridge are also within 6 miles (10 km).