The largest private home in America. Built by George Vanderbilt in 1895, the estate encompasses 8,000 acres and has some 250 rooms. Also on the estate grounds are the Biltmore Gardens and the Biltmore Winery and vineyards. Several events are hosted by Biltmore House over the course of the year - the two most prominent are the Festival of Flowers in April and Christmas at the Biltmore from mid November until the first weekend in January.
Constructed in the 1890s to house workers at the Biltmore Estate, the historic cottages of Biltmore Village have been converted to a variety of unique shops, eateries and boutiques selling such wares as fine coffee and tea, jewelry and antiques, fine art and crafts.
Blue Ridge Rafting
The French Broad River is North Carolina's premier whitewater run. It's the perfect rafting adventure for families and groups of all ages.
Blue Ridge Parkway
Considered the nation’s most scenic highway, the 470-mile roadway winds through the Blue Ridge Mountains, through Asheville and into the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Numerous overlooks, roadside exhibits and hiking trails make a trip along the Parkway a delight year-round.
Brevard Music Center
Captivate your senses at the South's most exciting classical music festival. Each year the Festival showcases the music of students and professionals in musical productions, symphonies, solos, operas and jazz ensembles.
Carl Sandburg Home
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 240 acre farm offers hiking trails, a working goat farm, a guided tour through the house, and presentations of Carl Sandburg's works (performed by the apprentices from the Flat Rock Playhouse). The house was originally constructed by Christopher Gustavus Memminger in 1838 to escape the lowland heat of South Carolina. He later became the first secretary of the treasury for the Confederacy.
Chimney Rock Park
Chimney Rock Park encompasses 1,000 acres including the Rock itself, Hickory Nut Falls, and a nature center. The nature park offers several hiking trails and beautiful views. A 26-story elevator carries visitors through solid rock to the Sky Lounge. Hickory Nut Falls can be hiked easily and are some of the highest falls in eastern America (404 feet - twice the fall of Niagara).
Cradle of Forestry
Historic site and home of the Forest Discovery Center. Activities include: 18-minute movie, guided hikes, historic cabins, craftsmen, 1915 logging train, helicopter simulator, scavenger hunt, hands-on exhibits, cafe and gift shop. Near waterfalls, hiking, fishing and camping.
Flat Rock Playhouse
This theatre company is considered to be one of the 10 best summer stock theatres in the country. It has been performing comedy, American classics, musicals, farces, and whodunnits for nearly 40 years. The Flat Rock Playhouse is also the State Theatre of North Carolina. The season is May through September and one show being performed in October.
Featuring environmental habitats with native wildlife, numerous hiking trails, the famous mile-high swinging bridge and a nature museum and theater. The mountain is designated an International Biosphere Reserve by the U.N.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The park is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the southern Appalachians, and it straddles the Tennessee-North Carolina border for 70 miles. The Cherokee people called this area Shaconage, or "Place of Blue Smoke." The bluish mist, which clings to the mountainsides and fills the valleys, gives the park its name and remains its most distinctive feature. A closer look, however, reveals a park rich in natural wonders and historical treasures. The National Park Service (NPS) protects this unique resource and its visitors.
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Passengers ride comfortable, reconditioned coaches, crown coaches, club cars, dining cars, cabooses, and open cars which are ideal for viewing and picture taking. Scenic excursions take youthrough a beautiful section of western North Carolina with views of the magnificent Great SmokyMountains, winding rivers, and lakes.
Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa
The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa is one of the American South's oldest and most famous grand resorts. Built in 1913 overlooking the Asheville, North Carolina skyline and the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Inn is a favorite year-round destination for both leisure and business guests. Its splendid views, old world charm, peerless amenities, and a long tradition of exceptional service and hospitality make it a place to savor as one of the most enduringly original and exciting resorts in America.
Harrah's Cherokee Casino
Arrive in the Great Smoky Mountains and you'll be enchanted as you walk among the wildflowers and waterfalls. The inviting homeland of the Cherokee Indians is nestled at the edge of the National Park and presents you with some of the most fantastic trout fishing, hiking and sightseeing in America. Harrah's Cherokee Casino & Hotel brings you all your favorite games in video format, like Double Diamonds, Red, White & Blue and Sizzling Sevens, all with the added skill feature of a second spin to win. Plus, video poker, video craps and Live Digital Blackjack.
Lake Lure Tours
Discover why National Geographic named Lake Lure “one of the ten most spectacular man-made lakes in the world.” Scenic one-hour boat tours, sunset and dinner cruises are available. Visitors may rent canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, electric boats and pontoon boats as well. Splash at the beach and the new water park. Play at the Fun Center with family-oriented, interactive games and activities.
Mast General Store
The Mast Store on Main Street in Hendersonville was built in 1905. Mast Store's departments are showcased in a beautifully restored building complete with an ornate pressed-tin ceiling, oiled floors, and a "grand staircase" leading to the second floor.
Mount Pisgah Balloons.......... Experience the thrill of a lifetime with an exciting balloon ride. Enjoy breath-taking views of the beautiful Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains as you embark on your early morning flight. Make your vacation, anniversary, or wedding a day to remember. Bring your camera and prepare for a great adventure.
Nantahala Outdoor Center
They offer a huge range of outdoor activities and products—whitewater rafting from family friendly to high adventure, whitewater canoe and kayak instruction, and a ton of great outdoor gear and clothing. Whether you're a grizzled veteran or brand new to outdoor sports, become part of NOC's family of guests.
North Carolina Arboretum
Located at the edge of the Pisgah National Forest, a short distance from Interstates 26 and 40, the 424-acre site features a Visitor Education Center, state-of-the-art greenhouse complex, an array of gardens, a loop trail and a variety of ongoing special programs.
Transylvania County - Land of Waterfalls
Transylvania County has all kinds of activities for you to enjoy: mountain biking, fishing, horseback riding, kayaking, gem mining, and so much more. Relax in a hammock in the cool breeze, or invigorate your senses canoeing down one of our rivers. Take a refreshing hike in Pisgah National Forest, Dupont State Forest and Gorges State Parkand view the many waterfalls.