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Basilica of St. Lawrence

The Basilica of St. Lawrence is a basilica which stands tall in the downtown neighborhood of Ashville. Established in 1906 it is said to have one of the greatest domes in North America. The imposing structure of the basilica is inspired by the Spanish Baroque style of architecture. The interiors of the church are equally mesmerizing. Several statues of saints make the interiors enchanting, thereby giving the basilica an ancient feel. The stained glasses on walls and the serene ambiance of the church make the experience worthwhile. Both self-guided and guided tours of the basilica are available for visitors. The Basilica of St. Lawrence is worth visiting for its sheer grandeur.

Biltmore Estate

A crown jewel of Asheville, Biltmore Estate seamlessly chronicles the legendary lineage of the Vanderbilts. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, it was built between 1889 and 1895 by architect Richard Morris Hunt as a luxurious summer house for George Washington Vanderbilt II. It includes the Biltmore House, a four-story Châteauesque-style palace. With 250 rooms, including 35 bedrooms and 43 bathrooms, it is one of the largest private homes in the country. Featuring elegant furniture, ornate interiors, and rare antiques that exude grandeur, the house shelters an array of opulent spaces like the enormous Banquet Hall and George Vanderbilt's master bedroom. A beautiful garden modeled on Victorian landscaping principles featuring delightful foliage and blooming flowers completes the magnificence of the estate.

The Botanical Gardens at Asheville

The Botanical Gardens at Ashville feature an independent collection of regional flora. This garden offers free admission to local and visiting horticulture enthusiasts. Spread across 10 acres (four hectares), this University of North Carolina botanical garden is dotted with over 3800 living plants, making it a beautiful and tranquil place to visit.

The Western North Carolina Nature Center

Kids can spend the day at this nature center learning and having fun! Along with deer, foxes and bears, center is also home to red and grey wolves and bobcats and cougars. More additions also include the "hands on" Nature Lab and Educational Farm where kids can pet a corn snake or even hold a turtle.

Thomas Wolfe Memorial

Thomas Wolfe, one of the greatest Southern literary icons, once lived here. See the home that Thomas Wolfe grew up in and depicted in his famous novel, Look Homeward, Angel. Though damaged by arson in 1998, much has been restored to the delight of visitors. There are guided tours, trails, outdoor exhibits, monuments, a visitor's center and a gift shop. Each fall, the Thomas Wolfe Festival is held here as well.

Eating Asheville Walking Food Tours

Build an appetite for Asheville with Eating Asheville Walking Food Tours that take you on a two and a half hour gastronomical journey through Downtown. Operators Joshua Bailey and Stephen Steidle, culinary connoisseurs themselves, have fostered relationships with a plethora of restaurants and bars in the historic neighborhood. The establishments illustrate the farm-to-fork philosophy, ensuring your meal is high on the freshness radar. Sample an array of cuisines, from Indian to Tuscan, that sum up Ashville on a plate. Don't fret if you're not much of a foodie, the informative guided tour will get you acquainted with the town's rich history and local culture.

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