Asheville, NC Travel Guide

USA  #2 in Best Places to Visit in the Carolinas
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Free Things To Do in Asheville, NC

If you have extra time, Pisgah National Forest is worthwhile.
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    Things to do in Asheville, NC
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    #2 in Asheville, NC
    Hiking, Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Hiking, Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Winding its way from Maine to Georgia, the Appalachian Trail spans 2,190 miles through 14 states. About 320 of those miles are found in North Carolina (including 224 miles along the Tennessee border).

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    Asheville Urban Trail
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    #3 in Asheville, NC
    Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Weaving through downtown, the 1.7-mile-long Asheville Urban Trail walks visitors through the cultural and architectural history of the city. Created by the city of Asheville to showcase its unique past, each of the trail's 30 stops is marked with a public sculpture that captures an important person or moment in

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    Pisgah National Forest
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    #4 in Asheville, NC
    Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Swimming/Pools, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Swimming/Pools, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Offering more than 500,000 acres of land about 40 miles northeast of downtown Asheville, Pisgah National Park is jampacked with activities and breathtaking vistas. With hundreds of miles of trails and numerous waterfalls and swimming holes, the forest provides ample opportunities to appreciate the great outdoors.

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    Folk Art Center
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    #8 in Asheville, NC
    Museums, Shopping, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Museums, Shopping, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    At milepost 382 off theBlue Ridge Parkway, you'll find the Folk Art Center, home to the Southern Highland Craft Guild. The guild dates back to the 1890s and still represents the artists and craftsmen of Southern Appalachia.

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    River Arts District
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    #9 in Asheville, NC
    Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    1 to 2 hours
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    1 to 2 hours
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    When artists came to Asheville to soak up the natural beauty and free-spirited atmosphere, they had to find large spaces to work. Enter the River Arts District. Comprising 22 former industrial and historical buildings – including a former tannery and a cotton mill – near the French Broad River, the

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