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Asheville Tourist Attractions

Asheville, in the far west of the state, was the birthplace of the writer Thomas Wolfe (1900-38). It is an ideal center for excursions on the Blue Ridge Parkway and into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The town's main attraction is Biltmore Estate, home of the Vanderbilts. Chimney Rock, south-east of Asheville, has magnificent views of the mountains.

Biltmore Estate

The Biltmore Estate in Asheville is the largest home in the United States. This amazing home is situated on 8,000 acres and is a sight to behold. The Biltmore Estate features an Inn, wonderful gardens, a winery, a farm village, shopping opportunities and exceptional restaurants. The 19th Century home on the property contains 250 rooms, priceless art, sculptures, a 10,000-volume library and a banquet room with 23m / 70ft high ceilings.
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Address: 1 Lodge Street, Asheville, NC 28801-3462, United States

North Carolina Arboretum

North Carolina Arboretum, located in Asheville is a 426-acre site whose goal is to "cultivate connections between people and plants through creative expressions of landscape". The arboretum has numerous walking trails and wonderful spots to contemplate the wonderful scene in front of you. If all the walking works up an appetite for you, an on-site cafeteria will satisfy those cravings. The North Carolina Arboretum also has a gift shop on the grounds selling unique and interesting items.
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Address: 100 Fredrick Law Olmstead Way, Asheville, NC 28806-9315, United States

Mount Mitchell State Park

View from Mount Mitchell.
Mount Mitchell State Park centers around the 6,684 feet high Mount Mitchell in the Black Mountains. Visitors come to Mount Mitchell State Park to enjoy the hiking trails, camp, horseback ride, picnic, or learn more about the geology, history and weather patterns of the area at the Exhibit Hall. This park was the first state park in North Carolina and is named for Dr. Mitchell who was the first person to calculate the height of the peak and who died on the mountain in his attempt to duplicate his calculations.
Address: 2388 State Highway 128, Burnsville, NC 28714-0700, United States

Pack Place Education, Arts and Science Center

Pack Place Education and Arts Center in Asheville is home to the Asheville Museum of Art, the Colburn Earth Science Museum, the Diana Worth Theatre, and the Health Adventure and YMI Cultural Center. This multi-purpose building was designed to be the cultural hub of downtown Asheville and it has become just that. The man behind the idea for this project was Roger McGuire who lived in Asheville and worked to see his dream become a reality. The Place Education, Arts & Science Center opened in 1992.
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Address: 2 South Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801, United States

YMI Cultural Center

The YMI Cultural Center is one of many spots in Asheville for artistic and musical pursuits. This fine facility is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is easily located by visitors owing to its place in the center of downtown near City Hall. The YMI Cultural Center also exhibits numerous displays, primarily dealing with the history of African Americans in North Carolina. The predecessor to the YMI Cultural Center, the Young Men's Institute was established in this location in 1893.
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Address: Box 7301, 39 South Market Street, Asheville, NC 28802, United States

Asheville Art Museum

The Ashville Art Museum in the city of the same name is conveniently located just off Interstate 240. Why not take the exit for Highway 25 and stop in to see what is playing as the museum has a very active event calendar? The Museum also has several permanent exhibits that are well worth checking out and bills itself as the "single visual arts facility serving Western North Carolina". A gift shop is on the premises and it sells unique gifts and regional art.

Colburn Earth and Science Museum (formerly Colburn Gem & Mineral Museum)

The Colburn Earth and Science Museum, formerly known as the Colburn Gem & Mineral Museum, features minerals and gems from North Carolina and around the world. The museum also displays a petrology collection and an interactive exhibit on weather and climate.
The museum is well laid out with well marked exhibits and is sure to impress anyone with an interest in this field.
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Address: 2 South Pack Square, Colburn, NC 28802, United States

Health Adventure

The Health Adventure in Asheville is located in the Pack Place Education, Arts & Science Center. This is a health and science center for children, which deals largely with educating youngsters on health awareness. Children and presented with interactive displays allowing for a fun learning environment. Some of the exhibits include Mr Bones, Nutrispace, Sciencespace and more.
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Address: 2 South Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801, United States

Botanical Gardens at Asheville

If you are looking for a place to unwind and reflect on all the wonderful things you've seen in North Carolina, the Botanical Gardens at Asheville is just the place. Here visitors will find immaculately tended gardens bursting with color and scent. The Botanical Gardens at Asheville focus on local flowering plants and trees, many of which are unique to North Carolina. The gift shop is a good place to stop for garden related gifts.
Address: 151 W.T. Weaver Boulevard, Asheville, NC 28804-3414, United States

Zebulon B Vance Birthplace State Historic Site

Zebulon B Vance Birthplace State Historic Site in Asheville is the birthplace of this former North Carolina governor. Displays at the homestead showcase his career as Confederate Army officer, senator, and governor. This reconstructed log house is furnished to represent the late 18th and early 19th Century. There are also several outbuildings, all of which are set amidst the rolling hills in some fabulous scenery.
Address: 911 Reems Creek Road, Weaverville, NC 28787-8710, United States

Pisgah National Forest

Smith-McDowell House Museum

The Smith-McDowell House Museum is the oldest structure in Asheville. This beautiful antebellum mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and today functions as a history museum. The home has been restored and displays period furniture from the 19th century as well as other displays of decorative arts and changing themes throughout the year.
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Address: 283 Victoria Road, Asheville, NC 28801-4817, United States

WNC Nature Center

The WNC Nature Center, located in Asheville, is a great place to visit if you are interested in the natural environment that surrounds you. An active part of the local community, the WNC Nature Center works hard to raise awareness of the importance of the environment. The center has an active education program including a Jr. Ranger program and an Adopt an Animal program.
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Address: 75 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28805-2529, United States

Homespun Shops

The Homespun Shops shopping center is a fun place to visit, with craft shops and studios by local artists. The buildings is a former weaving and woodworking complex that has been fully restored. One of the attractions at Homespun Shops is the Grovewood Gallery with hand crafted furniture and woven goods.
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Address: 111 Grovewood Road, Asheville, NC 28804-2851, United States

Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site

The Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site in Ashville is the childhood home of this author. It was this property that he wrote of in Homeward, Angel, Wolfe's autobiographical novel.
On display in this old Victorian home are some of the family's personal possessions.
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Address: 52 North Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801-2914, United States

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