Things to do in Asheville

Our most recommended things to do in Asheville

Asheville: Ghost Tour and Haunted Pub Crawl

1. Asheville: Ghost Tour and Haunted Pub Crawl

Explore the dark side of Asheville on a haunted pub crawl. Delve into 225 years of riveting American history with a guide at 8 allegedly haunted locations including the Flatiron building, Grove Arcade, the Basilica of St. Lawrence, and Pritchard Park. Enjoy drinks at local pubs (at your own expense). Meet your guide at Brahmari Brewing, where vengeful ghosts can be heard galloping down the street on horseback. From there, wind through 7 other bone-chilling, haunted locations, including three additional pubs. Share a drink with the ghost of Zelda Fitzgerald, who was tragically killed in a fire in Asheville in 1948. Experience the unnerving energy of Pritchard Park. Uncover the secrets of the Pack’s Tavern tunnel, where prohibition drove a couple into a murderous rage. If you are brave enough to step into the shadows, the spirits await you. After roaming the haunted streets of Asheville, end the tour with a bite at a downtown restaurant.

Asheville: Mountain Spirits Haunted Walking Tour

2. Asheville: Mountain Spirits Haunted Walking Tour

Discover the city of Asheville which is known for its friendly, free-spirited demeanor. However, there are plenty of skeletons hiding in the closet. Delve into the twisted, shocking, and downright spine-chilling history of “The Land of the Sky” on a walking tour with an expert guide. Meet your guide at The Jackson Building, where a suicidal businessman from the Great Depression lingers on the street where his life ended. From there, you’ll visit seven other historic, haunted landmarks before circling back to the starting point. Feel a chill scurry up your spine as you mingle with the angry, restless spirits of Pack Square. Scan the streets for the spirit of Zelda Fitzgerald as you hear the grim details of her tragic death. Stand face-to-face with the poltergeist of St. Lawrence Basilica. Choose the extended tour to visit four additional haunted locations, including an old speakeasy with a gruesome history. Explore Asheville in a fun, spooky, and unique way.

Asheville: Chimney Rock Helicopter Tour

3. Asheville: Chimney Rock Helicopter Tour

Embark on a scenic helicopter flight that will provide you with great views of Lake Lure and the Blue Ridge Foothills. See Hickory Nut Gorge, Lake Lure, and Chimney Rock from a unique perspective before returning to the airport. To begin, head northeast toward Fairview. Fly over Hickory Nut Gap and the Florence Nature Preserve toward Lake Lure with views of the lake as well as the Lake Lure Dam. Be sure to keep an eye out for The 1927 Lake Lure Inn and Spa, featured in the film Dirty Dancing. As you turn, you’ll pass by Chimney Rock, a 315-foot spire overlooking Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. The tour continues over the valley and along Raven Rock Mountain and the Continental Divide in the Appalachian Mountains on your return to the airport.

Asheville: Scenic Helicopter Experience

4. Asheville: Scenic Helicopter Experience

Take a different approach to exploring Asheville's most famous views and attractions on a scenic helicopter flight. Enjoy picturesque vistas as you fly above Asheville, Western North Carolina, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the French Broad River. After taking off from a private heliport, begin your flight over the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. Get your dose of adrenaline as you feel the speed of the helicopter and fly low over the treetops and mountains, getting a true taste of the beauty that is the American South. Fly north along Highway 26 towards Biltmore Forest and downtown Asheville. As you circle around Biltmore Forest, get a bird's-eye view of one of America's largest estates. Listen to your guide through included headsets as they point out more highlights, including Antler Hill Village and the winery areas. After the tour, you’ll head back to the heliport across Lake Julian.

Amazing Asheville Scavenger Hunt Adventure

5. Amazing Asheville Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Looking for a way to turn Asheville into a giant game board?   Urban Adventure Quest has created an interactive scavenger hunt that combines the fun of the Amazing Race with a three-hour sightseeing tour of Asheville.  Guided from any smartphone, groups make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. The adventure begins in the heart of the city and takes you to an amazing collection of outdoor art, historic parks, and monuments dedicated the city's famous citizens and historical events. The game route will show you some of the best sights of the city as well as its hidden gems, all while challenging your mind and capacity for fun.  The tour requires approximately 1 mile of walking.  Using a smartphone as “the guide” allows participants to start when they want and determine their own pace of play.  Stop to enjoy the art, do some people watching or grab a bite to eat… why not, it’s your schedule? Offered at a fixed price for a group vs. per person pricing, this city tour/game offers a great value to those on a budget. Points of interest during your Quest include Vance Memorial, Pack Square Park, Veteran's Memorial, Thomas Wolfe House, Asheville Community Theater and Pritchard Park.

Asheville: Yoga on a Mountain Hike

6. Asheville: Yoga on a Mountain Hike

Meet your group and instructor at the trailhead just 30 minutes from Asheville to embark upon a unique adventure in the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. Breathe in the fresh air as you hike to an open summit where your instructor will guide your group through an hour of yoga practice for all levels. Relish this time to sit still, soak in your surroundings, and move your body. Beginners to yoga and hiking are welcome. Yoga mats are provided, just bring comfortable clothing, a positive attitude, and a sense of adventure.

North Carolina: GetOutPass Including 50+ Attractions

7. North Carolina: GetOutPass Including 50+ Attractions

The GetOutPass works as an app on your smartphone and gives you access to 50+ attractions. Once signed up, you and anyone on your membership can gain free admission to some of the best attractions in your area including roller coasters, arcades, and more. Access venues in North Carolina through the member portal found in the app and on any web browser. All venues create an 'offer' specifically for members. This offer can include free admission, free products, special deals, and other perks. Select an offer from a list of attractions, go to the attraction, present your app, and get free admission. Attractions Included: B & B Bowling Lanes - Fayetteville Jumpmasters & OBX throwing - Manteo Putt-Putt Fun Center - Burlington BounceU: Matthews - Charlotte Breakout Games - Charlotte Lost Treasure Golf & Raceway - Indian Beach Lumberton Bowling Center - Lumberton Arcade of Thrones - Raleigh Augmentality Labs LLC | Virtual Reality Arcade - Durham FearLess Adventure Park - Mooresville Sandhills Bowling Center - Aberdeen The Bowling Center - Rocky Mount Tropical Gardens Mini Golf - Asheville Safari Nation - High Point Galaxy Lanes and Games - Sylva Bungalow Bounce - Clayton Victory Lanes Entertainment and Events Center - Mooresville Triad Lanes - Greensboro Buffaloe Lanes South Family Bowling Center - Raleigh Black River Paintball Park - Angier 6th Dimension VR - Jacksonville Black Ops Paintball & Airsoft - Fayetteville Safari Nation - Greensboro Timber Axe Throwing - Hendersonville GROUND ZERO TACTICAL LASER TAG - Burlington Hematoma Paintball Park - Chocowinity D-BAT - Huntersville Battle Works Tactical Laser Tag & Battle Axe - Axe Throwing - Atlantic Beach Lazer X - The Family Zone - Burlington Safari Nation - Winston Salem Barefoot Archery - Charlotte Ironclad Axe Throwing Co. - Kinston New Vision Training Center - Franklin Breakout Games - Greensboro We Rock the Spectrum - Asheville Pedego Electric Bikes: Lake Norman - Cornelius Pedego - Emerald Isle Eastern North Carolina Indoor Shooting Range - Rocky Mount Animal Edventures Earth-Speak Park - Coats Premier Martial Arts - Asheville Patriot Axe Throwing - Hickory Pedego Piedmont Triad - Winston-Salem Rock Solid Warrior - Fuquay-Varina Patriot Axe Throwing - Statesville Stidham's Axe Throwing & Lounge - Morganton Crystal Coast Axe Throwing & Rage Room - Morehead City The Climbing Place - Fayetteville The Flying Bike - Authorized Pedego Dealer - Asheville 3Quest Challenge - Asheville, Cary, Charlotte, Durham, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Highpoint, Raleigh, Wilmington, Winston Salem Crazy Dash - Asheville, Cary, Charlotte, Durham, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Highpoint, Raleigh, Wilmington, Winston Salem Operation City Quest - Asheville, Cary, Charlotte, Durham, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Highpoint, Raleigh, Wilmington, Winston Salem Puzzling Adventures - Charlotte, Raleigh, Wilmington Wacky Walks - Asheville, Cary, Charlotte, Durham, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Highpoint, Raleigh, Wilmington, Winston Salem Zombie Scavengers - Asheville, Cary, Charlotte, Durham, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Highpoint, Raleigh, Wilmington, Winston Salem Buffaloe Lanes Mebane Family Bowling Center - Mebane FirstHand Climbing - Winston-Salem Lafayette Bowling Lanes - Fayetteville Premier Martial Arts - Arden

Pisgah Forest: Forest Bathing & Nature Therapy Walking Tour

8. Pisgah Forest: Forest Bathing & Nature Therapy Walking Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of city life on this forest bathing and nature therapy walking tour in Pisgah Forest. Let your guide lead you on an inner journey to help you slow down and increase your mindfulness. Enjoy taking part in a tea ceremony.  Be greeted by your guide at the Pink Beds Trail Loop. Start on your gentle, guided walk in nature. Listen as you guide shares mindfulness practices and invitations that are designed to connect you more deeply to the world around you and to your inner landscapes Learn about the practice of the Japanese art of immersing oneself in a forest environment that was developed by Shinrin-Yoku. Spend time in nature in a way that invites healing for yourself, the ecosystem, and the community as a whole. Finish your tour at your original starting point.

Asheville: Looking Glass Rock Helicopter Tour

9. Asheville: Looking Glass Rock Helicopter Tour

Take a scenic helicopter flight over the Pisgah National Forest, one of the first national forests established in the Eastern United States. Admire the mountain views and be sure to take some great photos to remember this experience. From the airport, head southwest and over the Pisgah National Forest and its iconic peak, Looking Glass Rock. Looking Glass Rock is one of many sites along the Blue Ridge Parkway, which runs along the spine of the Blue Ridge, a major mountain chain that is part of the Appalachian Mountains. From your areal vantage point, marvel at the lush forests and mountainous terrain of the Pisgah National Forest as you fly over on your return to the airport.

Asheville: Private Food and Wine Experience with 3 Wineries

10. Asheville: Private Food and Wine Experience with 3 Wineries

Visit 3 of the best local wine producers in the Asheville area on this private guided tour. Sample some great food and wine pairings and find out about why it's such as exciting time for wine production in the region. After some introductions, enjoy your first pairing of the day with a fun pastry and wine pairing. Then, head to the next location and listen to a wine tour playlist on the way (or provide your own). The wine van also has plenty of water and snacks for you to enjoy throughout the day. Stone Ashe vineyards serve estate-grown wines such as chardonnay and petit verdot. Sample either their North Carolina-grown rosé or one of their estate whites. Both pair well with charcuterie from a local Asheville company. Spend about an hour here and enjoy more wine or a tasting. Saint Paul’s is the second stop on the tour. It usually has live music and a laid-back vibe. They have some amazing red wines from their red blends to full varietals. These wines are great with food and are often paired with marinara meatballs and fresh bread, beef BBQ, or chimichurri steak sliders. Finally, return to Asheville and see how urban wineries have been evolving over the past couple of years. Pleb Urban Winery are relatively new on the scene and have been producing experimental and exciting new wines from locally grown grapes. The final tasting typically consists of 5+ wines.

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My husband and I booked a flight with Cole for our anniversary and were thrilled woth the views and the kind service. Would love to flight again!

Cole was a fabulous pilot/tour guide. The flight was absolutely beautiful. Would recommend highly

We loved this way of seeing the BRP. We will use this way on future trips to other parks.

Cole was great, we had a great experience and will book with him again.

Cole was an excellent pilot and guide. The tour was amazing!