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If, for instance, you've spent a day or two marveling at the Biltmore grounds but can't get enough of landscape design, stop by the North Carolina Arboretum and browse 60 acres of additional terrain, along with bonsai specimens and a superb azalea collection. More gardens are on view at the Smith McDowell House Museum, along with the structure that's considered the city's oldest home. The three-story brick residence, now restored, features beautifully crafted woodwork and period furnishings. If you've got kids along, make a point to visit Pack Place, an educational complex with a museum devoted to rocks, gems, and earth science.
Adventurists will want to check out the expansive, sky-high zipline tours offered by Navitat Canopy Adventures, which now offers the longest and some of the highest ziplines in the Southeast. Raft enthusiasts will want to explore Asheville area rivers, especially the nearby French Broad River where local raft companies can take novices and experts on thrilling tours. Finally, don’t forget to explore downtown on LaZoom Comedy Tour or munch your way through a tour of French Broad Chocolate Factory. The excitement and the intrigue spill far beyond Biltmore’s gates, as you’ll soon see.