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Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts Asheville

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Must See

No trip to Asheville is complete without visiting the impressive Biltmore Estate. Stroll through the gorgeous gardens. Make sure to stop by the conservatory to admire lush tropical plants before touring Biltmore House, which was once home to George Washington Vanderbilt. Later, venture to the Biltmore Estate Winery and sample varietals from its award-winning portfolio.

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Start your day by visiting The North Carolina Arboretum, which is located in the Pisgah National Forest. Explore the various gardens before making your way to the Western North Carolina Nature Center where you can admire countless animals from the Appalachian region. End the afternoon sipping on hand-crafted brews at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. or New Belgium Brewing Company.


When in Asheville, venture to the Botanical Gardens at Asheville, one of the city's top destinations. After strolling through the beautiful gardens, go to downtown Asheville to enjoy a delicious meal at one of the many fantastic restaurants. After, give your feet a rest and hop on Gray Line's red trolleys to learn about Asheville's history as you go along.

Must Do

The Blue Ridge Parkway connects Shenandoah National Park to the Great Smoky Mountains so you can easily traverse the area, which is one of the top things to do near Crowne Plaza® Resort Asheville. Explore various hiking trails and admire North Carolina's natural beauty before visiting the Folk Art Center, which features an eclectic mix of locally-made arts and crafts from the Appalachian region.

Don't Go Home Without

There are countless things to do in downtown Asheville. Art enthusiasts can go to the Asheville Art Museum and explore the exhibits featuring pieces from the 20th and 21st centuries. Next, head to the River Arts District and browse through working art studios and galleries before going wine tasting at Pleb Urban Winery. At night, head to Harrah's Cherokee Center - Asheville for live entertainment.

Things To Do

Things To Do

Biltmore House

1 Lodge Street, Asheville, NC 28803

Play in the Biltmore Estate's 8,000-acre backyard with an array of outdoor activities, indulge in one-of-a-kind shopping, and savor their restaurants' exceptional fare. Visit Biltmore in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, NC.

Blue Ridge Parkway

Parkway headquarters is at Milepost 384, Asheville, NC 28803

The Blue Ridge Parkway is more than a road – it’s a beautiful journey that entices visitors to explore a 469-mile gateway to America’s rich cultural heritage including Cherokee traditions, music, crafts, agriculture and nature. Your journey is just around the corner! Split-rail fences, old farmsteads, mountain meadows and scenic overlooks with endless vistas make the Blue Ridge Parkway a popular attraction. The Parkway incorporates numerous campgrounds, picnic areas, trails and waterfalls.

Chimney Rock Park

431 Main St, Chimney Rock, NC 28720

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is located in Chimney Rock Village near Lake Lure in the NC mountains. Just 25 miles southeast of Asheville, NC, the Park is nestled in Hickory Nut Gorge adjacent to the towns of Lake Lure and Bat Cave.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

107 Park Headquarters Road, Gaitlinburg, TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a hiker's paradise with over 800 miles of maintained trails ranging from short leg-stretchers to strenuous treks that may require backcountry camping. But hiking is not the only reason for visiting the Smokies. Car camping, fishing, picnicking, wildlife viewing and auto touring are popular activities.

Nantahala Outdoor Center Whitewater Rafting

Nanatahala Outdoor Center, 13077 Highway 19 W, Bryson City, NC 28713

The Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) has long been the home to many aficionados, the meeting place for friends and the vacation destination for so many groups and families. NOC has been recognized by various media including Good Morning America, The New York Times, Outside, National Geographic Adventure and more. Stop by the NOC for an unparalleled outdoor whitewater rafting experience.

The North Carolina Arboretum

100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806

Just as our experience of nature is intimate, visitors to The North Carolina Arboretum connect with plants in personal ways that are as diverse and rich as the land itself. Whether you enjoy strolling through gardens, exploring exhibits, enriching your mind or hiking and biking, the Arboretum offers activities for all ages, including 434-acre natural treasure with 65 acres of cultivated gardens and 10 miles of hiking and biking trails and more.

Grove Park Inn

290 Macon Avenue, Asheville, NC 28804

Built from granite boulders hewn from Sunset Mountain, The Grove Park Inn opened in 1913. At its opening dinner, William Jennings Bryan declared that it had been “built for the ages.” In the decades since it has become one of the South’s most famous and venerable resorts. From yesterday to today, The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa has remained a place dedicated to providing its guests with comfort — and genuine delight.

Thomas Wolfe House

51 N Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801

Considered by many to be one of the giants of 20th Century American Literature, Thomas Wolfe immortalized his childhood home in his epic autobiographical novel, Look Homeward, Angel. Wolfe's colorful portrayal of his family, his hometown of Asheville, North Carolina, and the Old Kentucky Home boarding house earned the historic Victorian home a place as one of American Literature's most famous landmarks.

WNC Nature Center

75 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28805

The WNC Nature Center is a living museum of plants and animals native to the southern Appalachian region. Our purpose is to increase public awareness and understanding of all aspects of the natural environment of Western North Carolina through hands-on and sensory experiences.

Folk Art Center

Milepost 382, Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville, NC 28805

The Folk Art Center is home to the Southern Highland Craft Guild. The center showcases the finest in traditional and contemporary crafts of the Southern Appalachians. In addition to an Eastern National bookstore and Blue Ridge Parkway information desk, the center houses three galleries, a library and Allanstand Craft Shop. Beginning in March each year, visitors can see live craft demonstrations daily in the Folk Art Center lobby.

Cherokee Reservation / Harrah's Casino

777 Casino Drive, Cherokee, NC 28719

Set in the beautiful homeland of the Cherokee Native Americans, Harrah's Cherokee Hotel and Casino offers luxury and beauty both inside and out. This North Carolina hotel has a 15,000 square foot conference center, an indoor pool, and a workout room. Action-packed gaming includes slots, video poker, the PokerPro poker room, and interactive video technology table games. Enjoy live entertainment at the Cherokee Pavilion, and culinary delights at the choice of restaurants.

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

226 Everett Street, Bryson City, NC 28713

With 53 miles of track, 2 tunnels and 25 bridges, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad offers a variety of excursions that explore the amazing landscape of Western North Carolina. With the romance and mystique of an era gone by, guests on-board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will enjoy scenic train journeys across fertile valleys and through river gorges in a spectacular region near The Great Smoky Mountains.

Mt. Mitchell (largest mtn east of the Rockies )

2388 State Highway 128, Burnsville, NC 28714

There are a few places in the world that still stand apart from the ordinary. Rising more than a mile high, surrounded by the gentle mist of low-hanging clouds, Mount Mitchell State Park is one of these extraordinary places. In the crest of the timeworn Black Mountains lies the summit of Mount Mitchell, the highest point east of the Mississippi. For those who ascend this mighty peak, what looms in the horizon is a feast for the eyes—breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Flat Rock Playhouse Theater

2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC 28731

The Playhouse’s dual mission of producing the performing arts and providing education in the performing arts includes a ten-show professional series; a summer and fall college apprentice and intern program; performances and cabaret series by the YouTheatre; year-round classes and workshops for students from kindergarten through adults. Flat Rock Playhouse now hosts over 90,000 patrons annually and is a major contributor to the local economy and the Arts in North Carolina.

Grandfather Mountain State Park

9872 Hwy 105 S, Suite #6, Banner Elk, NC 28604

Grandfather Mountain inspires awe through an abundance of natural wonders. Designated by the United Nations as an International Biosphere Reserve and protected forever by the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, there is nowhere else on Earth that you can enjoy such a variety of mountain life in one amazing place.

Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures

One Resort Drive, Asheville, NC 28806

Set on a 124 acre resort property with magnificent 150 year old white oaks. "Fly" 20 to 70 feet above ground on zip line sections from several hundred feet long to 1200 feet long. This urban course offers the convenience of being adjacent to a major resort and downtown Asheville. Includes 10 zip sections, 3 sky bridges, and a new innovation “flying staircase” plus a 54 foot tower with spectacular views of downtown Asheville and the surrounding mountains.

New Belgium Brewing Company

Sierra Nevada Brewing