Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Cherokee

Museum of the Cherokee Indian

This remarkable modern museum traces Cherokee history from their Paleo-Indian roots onwards. Its villain is the perfidious Andrew Jackson, who made his name fighting alongside the Cherokee, but, as president, condem…
Forest in Nantahala National Forest

Tsali Recreation Area

The Tsali Recreation Area has been famed among mountain bikers for so long that local riders rather take it for granted. For out-of-state visitors, though, it offers a great combination of challenging but not over-t…
House in Asheville

Biltmore Estate

The largest privately owned home in the US, Biltmore House was completed in 1895 for shipping and railroad heir George Washington Vanderbilt II, and modeled after three châteaux that he'd seen in France’s Loire Vall…
State Park in North Carolina Mountains

Mount Mitchell State Park

A major decision awaits visitors to North Carolina’s original state park. Will you drive up Mount Mitchell, at 6684ft the highest peak east of the Mississippi, or will you hike to the top? Make your mind up at the p…
Park in North Carolina Mountains

Chimney Rock Park

The stupendous 315ft monolith known as Chimney Rock towers above the slender, forested valley of the Rocky Broad River, a gorgeous 28-mile drive southeast of Asheville. Protruding in naked splendor from soaring gran…
Waterfall in Pisgah National Forest

Sliding Rock Recreation Area

For a totally exhilarating stop on a journey along the Blue Ridge Parkway, stop off and strip down at Sliding Rock, 7 miles off the parkway. Propelled down this natural 60ft slide of smooth, gently sloping granite b…
Cultural Center in Asheville

Folk Art Center

Part gallery, part store, and wholly dedicated to Southern craftsmanship, the superb Folk Art Center stands directly off the Blue Ridge Parkway, 6 miles east of downtown Asheville. Handcrafted Appalachian chairs han…
Waterfall in High Country

Linville Falls

For a wonderful short hike, head up the hour-long Erwin’s View Trail to spectacular Linville Falls. This moderate 1.6-mile round-trip offers great close-up views of the Linville River as it sweeps over two separate …
Museum in Asheville

Asheville Pinball Museum

A veritable time machine, this downtown treat transports gamers back to the much-lamented pinball arcades of yesteryear. With stock ranging from vintage cowboy-and-Indian games up to brand-new Game of Thrones editio…
Mountain in High Country

Grandfather Mountain

The highest of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Grandfather Mountain, looms north of the parkway 20 miles southwest of Blowing Rock. As a visitor destination, it’s famous for the Mile High Swinging Bridge, the centerpiece …