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Blue Ridge Mountains

The Bue Ridge Parkway through the Blue Ridge Mountains intersects through the heart of Asheville, and is considered one of America's most scenic drives.

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Asheville's craft cocktail scene
Farm-to-table culture has spread from culinary delights to a vibrant craft cocktail revival. Explore herbacious flavors straight from the garden mixed with your spirit of choice.
Asheville's artists
From mountain crafts to fine art and pottery, Asheville's artists experiment and perfect their crafts, with the final products making an excellent purchase as a reminder of your time in the city.
Asheville's eclectic architecture
When many cities razed their historic buildings in the 1960's, Asheville preserved itself. Today, the electic architecture is part of the city's charm.
Mount Mitchell
The highest point east of the Rockies, Mt Mitchell stands over 6,600 feet and is in a North Carolina state park.
Pisgah National Forest
Completely contained in the state of North Carolina, the national forest is one of the first of its kind in the eastern United States.
Blue Ridge Parkway
With nearly 500 miles of road, the Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most scenic routes in the United States, and the Asheville portion is unmissable.

Related Tours

Private Walking Tour of Asheville
Before 'farm to table' and 'buy local' were 21st century catchphrases, they were a way of life in Asheville. The best way to uncover the city's friendly, small-town vibe is to enjoy it with a person who calls it home.  On your private walking tour of Asheville, you will:

  • Begin your tour in the River Arts district - where warehouses have been converted into enormous art studios for local artists. 
  • Explore the city's extensive shops, owned and operated by locals - from pottery and paintings to essential oils and banjos.
  • Wander one of the city's numerous farmer's markets, which happen seemingly every day of the week, year round. 
  • Relax in the friendly atmosphere, and enjoy live music throughout your walk - from street buskers in downtown to music spilling out of venues onto the streets. 
  • Walk historic downtown, popping in and out of more than 200 locally owned shops and galleries, while also learning about the historic architecture maintained throughout the district. 
  • Learn about the Biltmore family, their role in the city's development and ongoing  tourism, and the best way to visit the estate to avoid the crowds.
  • Enjoy a local beer from one of the dozens of breweries in the South Slope Brewing District, where your guide will make sure you have all the local information you need to enjoy the best food and drinks for the rest of your stay. 
Seemingly everyone you will meet on your private tour will be an artist - that's because Asheville has a way of bringing out the inner-artist in everyone, including you. Whether you fancy trying  glassblowing or prefer simply to get lost in the blue hues of mountain-scapes, you will leave the city more in touch with your artistic side than when you arrived. As you wander, enjoy the eclectic architecture which captures the nature of the city: a collective of people who fought to preserve history at every turn. Your tour finishes in the South Slope Brewing District, where you can enjoy a large, local beer and get tips for the best way to spend the rest of your time in the Blue Ridge Mountains. 
Private Excursion to Blue Ridge Mountains
The Blue Ridge Mountains are one of the oldest ranges in the world, arising from tectonic plates colliding hundreds of millions of years ago. With misty mountains, winding roads, and sprawling green vistas, the blue mountain parkway is one of America's most beautiful drives. On your private excursion to the Blue Ridge Mountains you will:

  • Enjoy hotel pick up from your hotel in Asheville or meet your guide at  Trade and Lore, where you can enjoy a coffee before being whisked away to the historic mountains.
  • Drive along a part of the most scenic and beautiful strip of the Blue Ridge Parkway, which stretches across 470 miles and 8 states. 
  • Learn have been home to people dating back nearly 12,000 years ago, and  includes the Iroquois, Shawnee, and Cherokee tribes. 
  • Explore the Pisgah National Forest, with hiking trails for people of all experience.
  • Discuss the range's recent history (the last 400 years) and how European trappers - later American revolutionaries and colonizers - made their homes in the mountains. 
  • See Mount Mitchell - the highest point east of the Mississippi river. 
  • Visit the town of Blowing Rock - the turnaround point for your tour - with its unique geological features and breathtaking views of the forests for which the range is famous. 
  • Enjoy stops at quaint towns along the way - like Black Rock and Swannanoa - where you can picture what an idyllic mountain life may be like for you. 
The Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina are stunning no matter the season - with fresh blossoms in the spring, rushing waterfalls in the summer, rusty autumnal colors in the fall, and peaceful snow cover in winter. On your private excursion, your guide will take you through the mountains on the Blue Ridge Parkway, where you will enjoy several scenic highlights and have the opportunity to hike, should you wish to. You will stop for lunch (price not included) in a quaint town, where your guide will recommend a place for the best Southern food and hospitality. After a day spent exploring the towns dotting the highway and the striking geological features of the ridge, your guide will drive you back to your hotel in Asheville.   

Please note: depending on traffic and weather, this tour runs between six and eight hours. 


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