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How to Spend 3 Days in Asheville

How to Spend 3 Days in Asheville

Three days in Asheville give you enough time to enjoy the city’s hip art scene, sample an abundance of microbrews, and explore the surrounding mountains and rivers. Read on for how to make the most of three days in Asheville. 

Day 1: Explore the History

Kick-off your Asheville experience with an electric bike tour that takes you along the city’s greenways, through downtown, and to historic attractions such as the Basilica of Saint Lawrence and Grove Park Inn. 

For a deeper dive into the area’s history, head to Biltmore Estate for a self-guided tour of the historic mansion and its grounds. For a unique view of the Biltmore, book a stand-up paddleboarding trip along the portion of the French Broad River that flows through the estate’s grounds. Wrap up the evening with dinner at the Biltmore Estate’s dining room, where the menu focuses on local, estate-raised ingredients. 

Day 2:  Experience the Adventure

Start your second day with a white-water rafting trip. Depending on your appetite for adventure, opt for a scenic float on the French Broad River or increase the excitement during an adrenaline-filled rafting trip on the Watauga River. Follow up your white-water adventure with a horseback trail ride along the scenic Fern Forest Trail. Or, head back to town to challenge yourself on a city-wide scavenger hunt adventure. The clue-finding quest takes you past city highlights such as art galleries, parks, and historic buildings. 

After dinner in one of Asheville’s many downtown eateries, join a paranormal tour to discover Asheville’s ghosts and mysteries. Ghost tours typically reveal the dark side of the Basilica of St. Lawrence and visit the Asheville Mystery Museum in the basement of the Asheville Masonic Temple.

Day 3: Blue Ridge Essentials

Get up early to embark on a hiking tour of the Blue Ridge Mountains. To maximize your time and ensure you don’t miss top sights, book a tour of the Blue Ridge Parkway that covers the region’s top waterfalls, hiking trails, and scenic overlooks. If you visit in the summertime, book a swimming-specific tour that takes you to secluded swimming holes that are difficult to find on your own. Many hiking adventures include a picnic lunch. 

Conclude your stay with a walking and brewery tour. Or, if you’re tired from your day of hiking, skip the walking tour and book an electric bike brew crawl that enables you to glide effortlessly from one brewery to the next. 

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Asheville Night-Time Walking Ghost Tour

Asheville Night-Time Walking Ghost Tour

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Take a spooky stroll through the streets of downtown Asheville on this ghost walking tour. Led by an expert local guide, learn about the area’s hair-raising tales and dark history, like the woman who haunts the Omni Grove Park Inn, the body entombed in the wall of the Basilica of St. Lawrence and much more. It's a fascinating, spine-tingling adventure.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.52
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Downtown Asheville Guided Brewery Walking Tour

Downtown Asheville Guided Brewery Walking Tour

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Asheville’s reputation as one of the top cities for brews in the Southeast is well-deserved, but the huge number of breweries to choose from can be intimidating for visitors. Discover which breweries are worth the hype on this Asheville brewery tour, which takes you to craft breweries with behind-the-scene access and ample pours at each. Unlike other Asheville brewery tours, this one is led by a certified cicerone, a recognized expert when it comes to beer.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$37.95
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Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfalls Hiking Tour with Transportation from Asheville

Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfalls Hiking Tour with Transportation from Asheville

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Hike the best of the Blue Ridge Parkway on this guided day trip to three scenic waterfalls from Asheville. Take in views of the mountains as you tour the classic road in a comfortable van and hear stories about the area’s natural history and culture from your local guide. Watch for blooming laurels and rhododendron as you walk the easy to moderate trails through lush oak and hickory forests. Enjoy light refreshments along the way with plenty of time to relax by the falls before returning to Asheville.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$86.09
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2-Hour Guided Segway Tour of Asheville

2-Hour Guided Segway Tour of Asheville

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Explore the "Paris of the South"—Asheville, North Carolina—on a Segway during this 2-hour guided tour. Traveling via Segway allows you to cover much more ground than you would on foot, which makes this a great comprehensive tour for first-time visitors. You'll get lessons on how to maneuver the 2-wheeled, self-balancing electric scooter before you depart; even beginners will feel safe and comfortable.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$68.09
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Asheville Historic Downtown Guided Electric Bike Tour with Scenic Views

Asheville Historic Downtown Guided Electric Bike Tour with Scenic Views

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Discover Asheville’s noteworthy landmarks and architectural gems while covering plenty of ground. This 2.5-hour tour by electric bike lets you safely navigate Asheville’s hilly terrain. Follow your guide through city streets, greenways, and picturesque neighborhoods. At carefully chosen viewpoints, you’ll stop to hear the stories behind historical sites. Numbers are limited to seven riders per tour to ensure personalized attention.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Asheville Guided Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour

Asheville Guided Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour

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Explore the historic French Broad River in Asheville on a stand-up paddleboard during this guided, 2.5-hour, small-group tour. Float through the city’s calm, downtown waterway and learn about the history of the region while participating in one of Asheville’s most popular activities. Paddleboarding experience is helpful but not necessary. All equipment — paddleboard, paddle, personal flotation device, leash, river booties and dry bag — are included.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Guided Horseback Ride through Flame Azalea & Fern Forest

Guided Horseback Ride through Flame Azalea & Fern Forest

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Horseback riding through the Blue Ridge Mountains is a beautiful way to explore the area’s natural attractions. Trot through fern groves, past rows of wild flame azaleas, and into a white pine forest on well-trained, gentle horses. This tour includes a safety training, too, making it a good choice for beginner horseback riders and children.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$92.26
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Asheville Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Asheville Scavenger Hunt Adventure

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Solve clues, complete challenges, and race against competing teams while checking out top Asheville sights on this self-guided Asheville scavenger hunt. Follow the guide on your smartphone to reach historical attractions, outdoor art, and essential Asheville sights, all with your self-chosen team of two to five people. Because this tour is all from your phone, you can complete it on your own schedule.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Biltmore Estate Stand-Up Paddleboard Guided Eco Tour in Asheville

Biltmore Estate Stand-Up Paddleboard Guided Eco Tour in Asheville

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Paddle 7 miles (11 km) with a private guide on the picturesque French Broad River. You’ll pass by Asheville’s massive Biltmore Estate and hear about its history. Learn stand-up paddleboarding tips and techniques from your SUP instructor and keep an eye out for native wildlife like turtles, herons, otters, and osprey. Enjoy the fresh air and exercise during a morning or afternoon.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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