Attractions

Top Choice House in Asheville

Biltmore Estate

The country's largest privately-owned home, and Asheville's number-one tourist attraction, the Biltmore was built in 1895 for shipping and railroad heir George Washington Vanderbilt II. He modeled it after the grand…
State Park in North Carolina Mountains

Mount Mitchell State Park

Be warned. A trip to Mt Mitchell might lead to a fight. Will you drive to the top of the highest mountain east of the Mississippi, or will you hike there? Make your decision at the park office (open 8am to 5pm daily…
Cultural Center in High Country

Folk Art Center

As you enter the lobby at the Folk Art Center, look up. A row of handcrafted Appalachian chairs hangs from the walls above. They’re an impressive calling card for the gallery here, which is dedicated to southern cra…
Mine in Boone

Foggy Mountain Gem Mine

If you’re traveling with kids or wannabe prospectors, stop here to pan for semi-precious stones, which are sold by the bucketload. There are several gem-mining spots near the Parkway, but Foggy Mountain, a smaller c…
Park in Asheville

Chimney Rock Park

Views of the Broad River and Lake Lure are superb from atop the namesake chimney - a 315ft granite monolith. An elevator takes visitors up to the chimney, but the real draw is the exciting hike around the cliffs to …
House in Asheville

Thomas Wolfe Memorial

This downtown memorial, with a small museum and a separate house tour, honors Look Homeward Angel author Thomas Wolfe. The author grew up in Asheville, which was the inspiration for the novel's setting.
Museum in Cherokee

Museum of the Cherokee Indian

The best sight in Cherokee is the modern and engaging Museum of the Cherokee Indian, with an informative exhibit about the Trail of Tears.
Amusement Park in Blowing Rock

Tweetsie Railroad

At this much-loved Wild West–themed amusement a 1917 coal-fired steam train chugs past marauding Indians and heroic cowboys.
Statue in Boone

Doc Watson Statue

Keep an eye out for the bronze statue of local bluegrass legend Doc Watson strumming his guitar.