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Asheville: Terrors, Boos and Booze Haunted Pub Crawl

1. Asheville: Terrors, Boos and Booze Haunted Pub Crawl

Explore the dark side of Asheville on a haunted pub crawl. Delve into 225 years of riveting American history with a guide at 6 allegedly haunted locations including the Flatiron building, Grove Arcade, and Pritchard Park. Enjoy drinks at local pubs (at your own expense). Meet your guide at Wedge Brewery Downtown. From there, wind through 7 other bone-chilling, haunted locations, including three additional pubs. Share a drink with the ghost of Zelda Fitzgerald, who was tragically killed in a fire in Asheville in 1948. Experience the unnerving energy of Pritchard Park. Uncover the secrets of the Pack’s Tavern tunnel, where prohibition drove a couple into a murderous rage. If you are brave enough to step into the shadows, the spirits await you. After roaming the haunted streets of Asheville, end the tour with a bite at a downtown restaurant.

Asheville Terrors: Ghosts of the Blue Ridge

2. Asheville Terrors: Ghosts of the Blue Ridge

The city of Asheville is known for its friendly, free-spirited demeanor, but there are plenty of skeletons hiding in the closet. Delve into the twisted, shocking, and downright spine-chilling history of “The Land of the Sky” on this walking tour by US Ghost Adventures. Meet your guide at The Jackson Building, where a suicidal businessman from the Great Depression lingers on the street where his life ended. From there, you’ll visit seven other historic, haunted landmarks before circling back to the starting point. Feel a chill scurry up your spine as you mingle with the angry, restless spirits of Pack Square. Scan the streets for the spirit of Zelda Fitzgerald as you hear the grim details of her tragic death. Stand face-to-face with the poltergeist of St. Lawrence Basilica. Choose the extended tour to visit four additional haunted locations, including an old speakeasy with a gruesome history. Explore Asheville in a fun, spooky, and unique way.

Blue Ridge Parkway Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour

3. Blue Ridge Parkway Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Note: This 550+ mile-long tour covers the essentials of Blue Ridge Parkway in 5+ hours. Once downloaded, your tour can begin at any of the following locations: Cherokee, NC; Asheville, NC; Roanoke, VA; Afton, VA. From there, you can drive in either direction. If you want to see the whole parkway, from Great Smoky Mountains National Park all the way to Shenandoah National Park’s Skyline Drive, you can do so! But if you’d rather break your trip up into smaller pieces and explore at different times, that’s also absolutely an option. Once you buy this tour, it’s yours for life, so you can explore the Blue Ridge Parkway entirely on your own schedule. While driving, you’ll have the opportunity to stop at countless jaw-dropping overlooks revealing the majesty and beauty of the Appalachian Mountains. Some of these also feature incredible hiking trails for travelers looking to stretch their legs and get up close and personal with this lush wilderness landscape. Along these trails, you’ll find mountain views, waterfalls, plentiful wildlife, and more scenery than you can shake a stick at. As you drive, you’ll also get acquainted with the Native tribes of the region, such as the Cherokee. You’ll hear plenty of history and legends belonging to these people and revisit dark yet important periods of time like the infamous Trail of Tears. Along the way, get ready to pass plenty of small, historic towns as well. Looking out across those distant villages, you’ll learn about the history of industry in the Appalachians—the rise, the fall, and the persistence of the hardy residents of these towns. Whether you’re looking to enhance a scenic drive or really dive into the weeds and explore, this tour gives you the tools to do it. So what are you waiting for? Buckle up and hit the road!

Asheville: 3-Hour City Electric Bike Tour with Views

4. Asheville: 3-Hour City Electric Bike Tour with Views

Join a fun-filled and informative bike ride around downtown Asheville. Start your ride in the heart of the up-and-coming South Slope amidst the breweries, art galleries, and restaurants that are making a name for this neighborhood. After putting the electric bikes to the test on a short ride up the slope, ride downtown past some of the unique local shops and businesses that make Asheville so different from any other city in the region. Make the first stop at the amazing Basilica of St. Lawrence, a masterpiece of local architecture built by Rafael Guastavino, whose work is featured in Grand Central Station and the Biltmore Estate. Take the chance to go inside and explore the impressive structure, which features the largest unsupported dome in North America. From there, ride down the quiet streets of the Historic Montford Neighborhood alongside some of the most beautiful grand old homes in Asheville. Then, take the peaceful Reed Creek and Glenn's Creek Greenways past UNC Asheville before starting the climb through North Asheville neighborhoods up to the historic Grove Park Inn. Enjoy the chance to walk through the Inn and get a magnificent view from the Sunset Terrace. After heading back downtown, stop in Pack Square, where Asheville was originally founded. This is a perfect vantage point to learn about Asheville's history and its abundant art-deco architecture, the 2nd largest collection in the country. End the journey back at the 225 Coxe Avenue location where you started from.

Marshall: French Broad Whitewater River Rafting Experience

5. Marshall: French Broad Whitewater River Rafting Experience

Experience whitewater rafting on the French Broad River as you paddle through the rapids. Admire the beautiful mountain views of Pisgah National Forest along the way. Receive a full safety briefing before your ride, then wear your life vest to navigate the river channels. Arrive at the meeting point for a briefing and instructional video. Then, put on your personal flotation device, grab your paddle, and board the shuttle bus to the river. Next, get into the raft and listen to your guide explain rafting terminology and what to expect. After this, paddle down the river and feel the excitement while you navigate around big boulders and large channels. View the mountains of the forest while you splash through the cascading waters of the river.

Asheville Historic Highlights: Self-Guided Walking Tour

6. Asheville Historic Highlights: Self-Guided Walking Tour

Begin your Asheville adventure by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Once downloaded, your tour begins at the Asheville Visitor Center. Note: This 1.8 miles-long tour covers the essentials of Asheville in 2 - 3 hours. As you stroll along, you’ll learn about the Cherokees’ roots in the region. Find out how they used old bison trails to hunt, travel, and establish trade routes! As you continue, you’ll revisit the founding of the city and beyond. Hear how the Civil War impacted Asheville and the people living here. After that, you’ll see the glorious Basilica of St. Lawrence and discover its architect’s vision. Then you’ll come to the Appalachian Stage, the first of many fascinating sculptures along the walking trail. Unearth the history of Appalachian music and its unique influences, from Irish folk music to African American gospel! Next up is the Shopping Daze Sculpture, which pays tribute to Haywood Street’s history as a shopping destination. As you study this masterpiece, you’ll get the story of locals’ efforts to save the endangered district! The journey continues back to the Gilded Age, when the city became a haven for tuberculosis patients and Asheville changed forever. As you proceed onto Woodfin Street, you’ll get to know author Thomas Wolfe, a native of Asheville. Find out he got his inspiration and why his neighbors simply hated his debut novel, Look Homeward, Angel. Moving along, learn about Asheville’s history of beekeeping and keep your eyes open for some of the city’s many honey-based treats! Up next, you’ll see the Civic Pride Sculpture. Here you’ll get to know Asheville’s namesake, Samuel Ashe, and learn his story, full of orphanhood, struggle, and legacy. After that, get spooked by stories of the boojum, a Sasquatch-like figure with a fondness for women! And you can’t miss the next stop: It’s the Jackson Building, once the tallest skyscraper in North Carolina! Finally, you’ll reach the bustling Grove Arcade, home to all kinds of unique shops and dining options. Your tour concludes here.

Asheville: Looking Glass Rock Helicopter Tour

7. Asheville: Looking Glass Rock Helicopter Tour

Take a scenic helicopter flight over the Pisgah National Forest, one of the first national forests established in the Eastern United States. Admire the mountain views and be sure to take some great photos to remember this experience. From the airport, head southwest and over the Pisgah National Forest and its iconic peak, Looking Glass Rock. Looking Glass Rock is one of many sites along the Blue Ridge Parkway, which runs along the spine of the Blue Ridge, a major mountain chain that is part of the Appalachian Mountains. From your areal vantage point, marvel at the lush forests and mountainous terrain of the Pisgah National Forest as you fly over on your return to the airport.

Asheville: Scenic Helicopter Experience

8. Asheville: Scenic Helicopter Experience

Take a different approach to exploring Asheville's most famous views and attractions on a scenic helicopter flight. Enjoy picturesque vistas as you fly above Asheville, Western North Carolina, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the French Broad River. After taking off from a private heliport, begin your flight over the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. Get your dose of adrenaline as you feel the speed of the helicopter and fly low over the treetops and mountains, getting a true taste of the beauty that is the American South. Fly north along Highway 26 towards Biltmore Forest and downtown Asheville. As you circle around Biltmore Forest, get a bird's-eye view of one of America's largest estates. Listen to your guide through included headsets as they point out more highlights, including Antler Hill Village and the winery areas. After the tour, you’ll head back to the heliport across Lake Julian.

Blue Ridge Parkway (Asheville) Driving Tour with Audio Guide

9. Blue Ridge Parkway (Asheville) Driving Tour with Audio Guide

Discover the Scenic Wonders of the Blue Ridge Parkway with Shaka Guide Explore the breathtaking Blue Ridge Parkway on Shaka Guide's self-guided tour from Asheville to Blowing Rock. This unforgettable journey covers approximately 165 miles of awe-inspiring natural beauty, cultural attractions, and outdoor adventures. Let's uncover five must-visit stops along this iconic route: -Craggy Gardens (Milepost 364.4): Marvel at vibrant rhododendron blooms and savor panoramic views. -Folk Art Center (Milepost 382): Immerse yourself in Appalachian heritage through handmade crafts and artisanal demonstrations. -Linville Falls (Milepost 316.4): Witness the raw power of cascading waterfalls and explore scenic hiking trails. -Grandfather Mountain (Milepost 305.1): Conquer the Mile High Swinging Bridge for awe-inspiring vistas and encounter wildlife in the nature preserve. -Blowing Rock: Conclude your journey in this charming town, named after its iconic rock formation, and enjoy quaint shops, dining, and relaxation with a view. As you embark on this adventure, Shaka Guide serves as your knowledgeable companion, accessible through your smartphone. With turn-by-turn directions, insightful commentary, and local tips, it enhances your exploration of these attractions and more. Unplug from the everyday hustle and immerse yourself in the serenity of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Discover hidden gems, perfect photo spots, and the rich history that breathes life into the parkway. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a history buff, or simply seeking a peaceful escape, this tour offers something for everyone. At the conclusion of your journey, you'll find yourself in the picturesque town of Blowing Rock, a perfect place to unwind and reflect on your adventures. Whether you choose to continue exploring or return to Asheville, the memories created along this extraordinary route will remain etched in your heart. Experience the freedom to explore at your own pace with Shaka Guide's Blue Ridge Parkway tour. Get ready for a remarkable adventure filled with stunning vistas, cultural experiences, and the tranquility of nature.

Asheville: Ultimate Late Night Haunted Pub Crawl

10. Asheville: Ultimate Late Night Haunted Pub Crawl

For decades, Asheville has been a healing mountain getaway for the wealthy and a creative haven for offbeat artists… but this vibrant blue ridge city is harboring deep dark secrets, and the ghosts are happy to share them. Join Asheville Terrors for an adult only, late-night dive into the seedy underworld of Asheville, where spirits linger from the Great Depression, Prohibition, and beyond. You’ll meet your seasoned guide at Barley’s Taproom, where you’ll grab your first drink of the night. From there, you’ll wind through seven other historic, haunted hotspots, including three more bars. Sip a 1920s cocktail as you hear the tragic story of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald; find out why the Flatiron Building is forever haunted by tuberculosis victims; and end your night at the iconic landmark: Pack’s Tavern. By the time you say goodnight, you’ll have a pleasant buzz and plenty of spooky stories to share with friends and family. Are you brave enough to step into the shadows of Asheville? Book a tour today.

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Patrick was genuinely outstanding! Tour ended up being just the 2 of us and our guide! Pretty much had a personal tour of Asheville! All the bars were extremely unique, including a Tour of a old prohibition moonshine tunnel! Patrick was very knowledgeable and certainly very passionate about the mysteries of the unknown! 11/10 will be back for the 9PM tour!

Very interesting and informative. Have a new appreciation for the graffiti/mural art and the culture. Enjoyed hearing about the stories behind the wall art. Some very talented artists! The couple that gave the tour were awesome (sorry I can’t remember their names).

It was wonderful! So entertaining and informative. Highly recommend if you’re looking for a reasonably priced way to see the sights and learn about the artsy side of Asheville. The husband and wife duo who lead the tour were great guides and they know their stuff!

Holly was incredible! Learned so much about the history of Asheville and all the awesome ghost stories! Had a great time and would definitely recommend to anyone looking to learn more about the city!

Patrick was an amazing tour. Even thought it was below zero, he made every moment enjoyable