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15 of the Best Things to Do Near Asheville, NC

Whether you are planning a weekend trip or a family vacation, you will find plenty of activities in Asheville to last you for days. Below, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of 15 of the best things to do in Asheville, NC. However, if you are looking for more fun activities, simply download our free Chimney Rock/Lake Lure Vacation Guide. Our guide is full of recommendations on events, restaurants, outdoor recreation, and more.

The Best Things to Do Near Asheville, NC


Whether it is spring, summer, autumn, or winter, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the great outdoors in Asheville, NC, and the surrounding area! Take your time to appreciate Western North Carolina’s natural treasures with the following activities:


Asheville is home to many unique attractions. If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind experience that you won’t find anywhere else in the world, then add one (or all) of these activities to your bucket list!


Asheville is a haven for those who love farm-to-table food, craft beer, and handcrafted wines. Enjoy the best of what the area offers with one of these foodie excursions!


Only a scenic 40-minute drive away from the bustling city of Asheville, nestled in one of the most incredible canyons, The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant is a destination in and of itself. When you book a stay in any of our elegant accommodations, you can always look forward to the best amenitiespackages, and top-notch service! All of our guests can enjoy daily gourmet breakfast, services at our luxurious spa, and more. If you are ready to plan your next vacation, take a look at our current specials and book your stay! We can’t wait to host you at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant!

If you are planning a family vacation, read our blog on 15 of the best things to do in Asheville with kids!