Asheville Treetop Adventure Park: "Whether you're zipling, biking or traversing the treetop adventure courses, you're going to work up an appetite. Be sure to bring a hydrating beverage and some snacks to enjoy, especially if you are booking a combination of onsite activities."
French Broad Chocolate Factory & Tasting Room: "Tours are only offered on Saturdays and they usually book up well in advance. If you're planning on adding this gem to your itinerary, give them a call a few weeks ahead of time to book your spot."
French Broad Rafting: "All the gear is provided but rafters should still bring a towel, bathing suit, change of clothes, and sturdy sandals Besides multi-person rafts, the outfitter also provides inflatable kayaks as well as canoes which can be used in the calmer section of the French Broad River through the Biltmore Estate."
The Biltmore Estate looms large over Asheville landmarks and is certainly a must-see attraction by virtue of its pure magnificence. However, the city is far from a Vanderbilt fiefdom, and it offers a host of other possibilities for sightseeing and play. If, for instance, you've marveled 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, and another that addresses health and science in a fun, engaging way. How about a little first-hand athleticism? You can't go wrong with ClimbMax Indoor Climbing Center, which lets you test your strength and stamina on a variety of verticals. Don't forget, too, to honor one of Asheville's native sons at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial. The author's restored childhood home provides a glimpse of the man behind the novels and gives credence to the fact that a hometown boy can indeed grow to become a literary giant.
Senior editor Kelly Sigmon is Southern born and Ivy educated. During his tenure with the company, Kelly has prized being a mystery traveler and overseeing the printed 10Best Travel Guides for San Francisco, Miami, and Atlanta.