Biltmore Estate

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    The exterior facade of the Biltmore Estate, the largest privately-owned home in the United States, features French Renaissance style architecture; Asheville, North Carolina.

    Photo courtesy of 3/09
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    Biltmore House facade; Biltmore, Asheville NC.
    Nearly one million visitors visit Biltmore House, America's largest home, each year.
    Copyright 2007 The Biltmore Company, all rights reserved.

    Photo courtesy of Biltmore Estate
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    Brother and sister walking in tulips

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    A profusion of colors in the Walled Garden

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Biltmore Estate

1 Approach Rd
Asheville, NC 28803

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Phone: 828-225-1333
Phone: 800-411-3812

Welcome Center  Daily 8:30am-4pm House  Daily 9am-4:30pm Winery  Daily Noon-7pm Gardens  Daily 9am-Sunset Estate Shops  Daily 9am-5pm Hours May Vary Seasonally
Architecture, Family Friendly, Gardens, Great Views, Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums, Tours and Excursions, Wineries and Vineyards

10BEST Says

Best Attractions & Activities: Western North Carolina's beloved "castle on the hill" resides on an 8000-acre estate, complete with manicured gardens, woodlands, and an award-winning winery (the nation's most visited). Built in the late 19th-century by George Washington Vanderbilt II, the chateau-inspired home is an opulent example of the wealth acquired during America's Gilded Age. The magnificent 250-room mansion ranks as the largest private residence in the country and offers self-guided tours that can easily last for hours. Set aside at least a day, maybe even two, to really peel back Biltmore's layers, which can be enhanced by carriage rides, fly fishing expeditions, horseback riding and Segway tours.

Insider Tips

Local Expert Says:

Best Attractions & Activities: "Biltmore offers a wonderful scenic drive from the château to other areas guests are permitted to explore. However, consider bringing/renting bikes to traverse the lush landscape. This slower pace will give you time to appreciate the vistas punctuated by wildflowers, rolling hills and, of course, the mountains in the distance."

Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: Great restaurants, a winery with free tours and tastings plus access to the astonishing 250-room French-Renaissance château make for an unforgettable day or two.

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