Surrounded by the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville boasts a lively city scene and a plethora of outdoor activities.
“Asheville’s vibe is creative, welcoming, energetic and free-spirited,” said Beth McKinney, sales manager at Explore Asheville. “Whether seeking adventure or to unwind, the Asheville area offers groups more than just fantastic views of magnificent mountains. Our thriving city offers tours and activities for all interests, and it is very easy to incorporate immersive, local experiences like farm tours, glass-blowing demonstrations, wild food foraging or guided hikes.”
Sip on a local beer while enjoying the view of rolling mountains. Visit America’s largest home and dive into local and national history. Whether amid a bustling downtown or on a serene trail, Asheville is set to impress.
Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center in downtown Asheville celebrates the history of Black Mountain College and preserves the impact it had on contemporary art, dance, theater, music and performance. View over 3,000 objects dating to the 1930s through the present and explore rotating exhibits showcasing paintings, sculpture, photography, books and more.
At Chimney Rock State Park, groups can hike numerous trails and see a variety of wildlife less than an hour from downtown Asheville. Encounter ridgetop forests and sheer cliffs on the Skyline Trail or receive a rock-climbing lesson from a highly trained and certified guide. The park has been used for multiple films, including The Last of the Mohicans and A Breed Apart.
Independent and family owned, Highland Brewing is Asheville’s oldest craft brewery and offers group tours of the facility and a history of the company — with beer tastings included. Visit the spacious taproom, enjoy live music at the Meadow Bar or discover immaculate views of the Blue Ridge Mountains atop Highland’s rooftop bar.
George and Edith Vanderbilt’s Biltmore Estate was completed in 1895 and is America’s largest home; The property boasts 250 rooms and over 178,000 square feet of space — all of which sits on 8,000 acres. Groups can explore the historic home and gardens on a guided tour, or even book an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour.