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91 Biltmore Ave.

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With more breweries per capita than anywhere else in the United States and about 100 local beers to try, Asheville has emerged as the beer capital of the southeast. Sampling pints from many of the area breweries has become a favorite activity for locals and visitors alike.

And there are plenty of ways to enjoy Asheville's distinct brews: You can take a self-guided walking tour from the Appalachian Ale Trail, pedal your way around with Amazing Pubcycle or let someone else do the driving all together with Asheville Brewery Tours.

The beers being produced in Asheville, as well as the tasting room experiences, are as unique as the city itself, ranging from the first brewery in the city, Highland Brewing Company, to the award-winning Wicked Weed Brewing that features "sour and funky beer." You can catch a movie while you sip at the Asheville Brewing Company or hang with the locals at Green Man Brewing's Greenmansion.

Big name brands like Sierra Nevada and New Belgium are getting in on the Asheville beer scene, too. The two companies house their East Coast operations right outside of the city's borders.

New breweries and tasting rooms are popping up all the time; ask a local when you arrive where you can find your favorite kind of brew. 

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#1 Biltmore Estate

This enormous French Renaissance-style estate of George Vanderbilt has a storied past dating back to 1889. Considered America's largest private home, the 250-room estate – with 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms and a whopping 65 fireplaces – took six years to construct. The 8,000 acres of gardens were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (the same landscape architect responsible for Central Park) and feature 2 ½ miles of walking paths.

Amassing 125,000 acres at its peak, 87,000 acres were sold after Vanderbilt's death in 1914 to form what is now Pisgah National Forest. But its history doesn't stop there: During World War II the estate stored pieces from the National Gallery of Art, and in the 1970s a winery was added. In the 2000s, inns and hotels were opened on the property.

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