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Guided Tour of Asheville, North Carolina

Celebrate Asheville, North Carolina’s spectacular scenery and its rich Appalachian history and heritage during a guided tour of Asheville. The largest city in Western North Carolina, Asheville is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains perched at the confluence of the Swannanoa River and the French Broad River. While Asheville remained unchanged from the Great Depression through to the 1980s, it has since developed into a thriving community known for its unmistakable mountain vibe.

Transylvania County, NC, Land of Waterfalls

Transylvania County, NC, Land of Waterfalls

The Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina

The Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina

A View from the Blue Ridge Parkway Drive

A View from the Blue Ridge Parkway Drive

Downtown Asheville, North Carolina

Downtown Asheville

Blue Ridge Parkway Drive & Blue Ridge Mountains

Along the Blue Ridge Parkway Drive

Transylvania County, NC, Land of Waterfalls Transylvania County, NC, Land of Waterfalls
The Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina The Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina
Downtown Asheville, North Carolina Downtown Asheville

What to expect on Your Guided Tour of Asheville

Transformed into a contemporary city over the years, yet continuing to preserve its rich history and heritage, Asheville has something for everyone. From colorful Downtown Asheville to the scenic surroundings of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you can experience all Asheville has to offer during a sightseeing bus tour with a friendly and knowledgeable step-on-guide.

Asheville Visitors Center

Start your Asheville, North Carolina sightseeing tour in the Asheville Visitors Center. Here you will be greeted by your step-on-guide who will take you on a day trip that includes a city tour of Asheville and a scenic drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway with exciting stops along the way.

Downtown Asheville

Skipping the urban renewal process that stripped the character from many downtowns, Asheville’s rich architectural legacy with its mix of Art Deco Beaux Arts and Neoclassical styles is the perfect backdrop to the city’s edgy energy. During your time downtown, uncover the history of Asheville and enjoy short stops at renowned landmarks.

St. Lawrence Basilica

Situated in the heart of Downtown Asheville is the St. Lawrence Basilica. Discover the history behind the largest freestanding elliptical dome in North America. A place of pilgrimage for over a century, the Basilica of St. Lawrence was built in 1905 by Rafael Guastavino and fellow architect R.S. Smith and was completed in 1909 by Rafael Guastavino, Jr. after his father’s death in 1908.

Thomas Wolfe Memorial

The Thomas Wolfe Memorial, often called the Thomas Wolfe House is the childhood home of one of the giants of 20th Century Literature, Thomas Wolfe.  Used as the setting for his first novel “Look Homeward, Angel” Wolfe’s colorful portrayal of his family, his hometown of Asheville, North Carolina and the old Kentucky home earned the Thomas Wolfe House worldwide recognition  as one of American Literature’s most famous landmarks.

Pack Place

A vibrant centerpiece of Downtown Asheville, Pack Place is a bustling complex that includes Colburn Earth Science Museum, Diana Wortham Theatre and the YMI Cultural Center.

Smith-Mcdowell House

The Smith-Mcdowell House is one of Asheville’s oldest surviving dwellings. Built by one of antebellum North Carolina’s most influential people, the Smith-Mcdowell House has been the home of mayors, a Civil War Major and friends of the Vanderbilt family. Today at the Smith-Mcdowell House, step back in time and discover how life was lived in Asheville, North Carolina during the 19th Century.

Travel Tips

-Enjoy lunch and shopping on your own at Grove Arcade, Biltmore Village, or Pack Place. Your step-on-guide will be available should you have any questions regarding the areas dining and shopping options.