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Things to do in Asheville

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Museum
“This place needs no introduction but it is a great place to sightsee, go on a wine tour, or grab a bite to eat. If you are planning on visiting Avl more than once look into season passes. Two visits pretty much covers it 👍”
  • 379 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Most popular breakfast/brunch spot. Always a long wait and for good reason.”
  • 255 locals recommend
Outdoor Event Space
“A little out of the way but a must see. Spend the entire day here. Great food and tons of beer options. They spent over $200 million building this brewery!”
  • 214 locals recommend
Hotel
“--Watch the sunset from the patio (perhaps with a drink from their bar). --Do visit the Grovewood Gallery behind the hotel, as well as the antique car museum. --If it's Christmastime, check out the Gingerbread House competition. But be sure to check the hours on their web site for this. ”
  • 193 locals recommend
Garden
“65 acres of gardens and 10 miles of forested hiking trails. Garden tours, nature activities, cafe and gift shop.”
  • 173 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Hip brewery with a tasting room & a restaurant serving high-end, locally sourced New American fare.”
  • 165 locals recommend
Rock Club
“If you want to explore the Asheville music scene, there is no better place to do it than at the Orange Peel. One of the top small music venues in the country!”
  • 157 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
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“Rated as one of the best restaurants in America, James Beard award winner Katie Button is also considered one of the best chefs in the world. Not to miss if you can get a reservation and are willing to spend a bit more. ”
  • 186 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“LaZoom tours are a must!! Such a fun way the explore Asheville. If you have the little ones in tow, try the Kid Comedy Tour!! So much fun for the whole family. You can even pack snacks and small cooler filled with beverages for the kids AND the adults! ;)”
  • 166 locals recommend
Bar
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“Cuisine for the sophisticated palate. Menu changes frequently. Delightful. Small space, need reservation. $$$”
  • 170 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Great location right on the river. Wonderful outdoor space where you can play. Beers are amazing and always a lively atmosphere.”
  • 116 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Take a walk around the river arts district and stop in all the art studios and cafes along the way!”
  • 125 locals recommend
Chocolate Shop
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“Two words: Liquid Truffle. It's like super thick hot chocolate -- so thick they serve it with a spoon! They have plenty of other delicious chocolatey options. Friday and Saturday nights they'll be lines out the door. So go during the day, or with someone you like talking to while waiting in lines:) ”
  • 138 locals recommend
Hotel
“Great restaurants, shops, street performers, Urban Trail with statues. Great place to wander around and explore the city!”
  • 101 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Isis music hall is one of our favorite venues to grab dinner and watch some incredible live music! ”
  • 126 locals recommend
General Travel
“The Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center is located at Parkway milepost 384, which is about a mile south of the US 70 intersection (or one mile north of the US 74-A intersection) and about 8 miles east of downtown Asheville. The Folk Art Center is located nearby, two miles to the north along the Parkway.”
  • 88 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Breakfast Spot
“Most popular breakfast/brunch spot. Always a long wait and for good reason.”
  • 255 locals recommend
Hotel
“--Watch the sunset from the patio (perhaps with a drink from their bar). --Do visit the Grovewood Gallery behind the hotel, as well as the antique car museum. --If it's Christmastime, check out the Gingerbread House competition. But be sure to check the hours on their web site for this. ”
  • 193 locals recommend
Brewery
“Hip brewery with a tasting room & a restaurant serving high-end, locally sourced New American fare.”
  • 165 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
“Rated as one of the best restaurants in America, James Beard award winner Katie Button is also considered one of the best chefs in the world. Not to miss if you can get a reservation and are willing to spend a bit more. ”
  • 186 locals recommend
Bar
“Cuisine for the sophisticated palate. Menu changes frequently. Delightful. Small space, need reservation. $$$”
  • 170 locals recommend
Chocolate Shop
“Two words: Liquid Truffle. It's like super thick hot chocolate -- so thick they serve it with a spoon! They have plenty of other delicious chocolatey options. Friday and Saturday nights they'll be lines out the door. So go during the day, or with someone you like talking to while waiting in lines:) ”
  • 138 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Isis music hall is one of our favorite venues to grab dinner and watch some incredible live music! ”
  • 126 locals recommend
BBQ Joint
“Best BBQ in the area. Hours are a little funky so check their times before you head that way.”
  • 130 locals recommend

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