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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Museum
“This is an all day excursion. Plan to leave Wolf Laurel at least 75 minutes before any event start times at the Estate to allow for satellite parking and shuttle to Estate. Antler Village, the petting zoo, horseback riding and more. The ultimate Asheville destination. The luxurious family home of George and Edith Vanderbilt is a marvel of elegance and charm, as magnificent today as it was more than a century ago. Faithfully preserved and filled with original furnishings and masterpieces of art, no other residence in America offers a more authentic and inspiring view of Gilded Age life while suggesting that the Vanderbilts and their guests are still at home.”
  • 353 locals recommend
Garden
“If you are here for a few days and have time to be in Charlottesville, then a must see place is Monticello home of president Thomas Jefferson. lots of history and views!”
  • 189 locals recommend
National Park
“The Great Smokey Mountains is a must visit while youre in town! It's roughly a 45min-1 hr drive. Hiking, breathtaking views and fun towns to stop in on the way are a must!”
  • 155 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The North Carolina Museum of Art has more than a dozen galleries holding works from around the world and a variety of art types. Originally starting with 139 works from Europe and America, the museum has grown to include African, Egyptian and Jewish works of art while also expanding European and ancient American holdings. With 30 added Rodin sculptures, the NCMA leads the holdings of this artist’s work in the southeastern United States. Other galleries hold everything from Renaissance paintings to contemporary photography. Exhibitions also run at the museum for several months at a time for guests to visit. Outside the museum is the 164-acre Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park, recently expanded and featuring monumental public art installations inspired by the natural world and preservation of landscapes, including the Gyre rings, Cloud Chamber for the Trees and Sky and Askew, as well as several recreational activities, picnic spots, and wooded trails. Tours are given daily if you or a group would like to learn more about the collections. When it’s time for lunch, you can stop by the Iris restaurant located inside the museum, specializing in contemporary American cuisine in a modern setting. (Also open for dinner! Order from items such as the Iris Burger, Seared Scallops with Red Curry Lemongrass Broth, Seafood Burrito and more.) For those interested in researching art periods or artists, the Art Reference Library holds over 40,000 volumes of books and available catalogs and databases. Kids to seniors can enjoy the many programs occurring throughout the year, including classes, concerts, films, camps, and workshops. Before you leave, head by the Museum Store, where items based on the museum’s collections and exhibits are available to purchase, perfect as souvenirs or gifts for family and friends. Admission is free, while some fees are given for specific programs, exhibitions, and large tours. Hours: Tues.-Thurs., 10am-5pm; Fri., 10am-9pm; Sat.-Sun., 10am-5pm; Mon., closed.”
  • 151 locals recommend
Outlet Mall
“Fantastic outlet mall when you need to get out of the cabin and walk around for a bit! ”
  • 76 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“best breakfast and lunch! located in west Asheville, short drive from downtown”
  • 244 locals recommend
Rafting
“This is for those that enjoy the outdoors/adventure seeking! Make sure to try the zip line or white water rafting ”
  • 150 locals recommend
Football Stadium
“74,000-seat football stadium, home of the NFL's Carolina Panthers & host of college teams.”
  • 85 locals recommend
Park
“Dupont State Forest has wonderful hiking and biking trails in addition to their spectacular waterfalls”
  • 210 locals recommend
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Hotel
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“Located in Uptown Charlotte, EPICENTRE is the Southeast’s hub for dining, entertainment, recreation, nightlife and hospitality. ”
  • 134 locals recommend
Aquarium
“Awesome aquarium tucked right alongside the Parkway in Gatlinburg. Great activity for groups with kids. It's not far from the cabin at all!”
  • 51 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Seasonal, family-friendly amusement park featuring towering roller coasters, waterslides & more.”
  • 85 locals recommend
Zoo
“One of the best zoos in the country! Visit Festival of Lights during the holidays.”
  • 64 locals recommend
Hotel
“Grove Park is a historic hotel and offer many spa services. The pool area is a great place to relax if they have day passes available for sale. (they sell out and note they are pricey)”
  • 179 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“Dollywood is a must for an all day excursion! There are so many things to thrill young and old alike. Great rides, food and shopping are all aplenty!”
  • 73 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Great Historic Restaurant that sits on West Prong Little Pigeon River in the heart of Pigeon Forge. Waiting lines are a little long sometimes, but it's worth the wait!”
  • 67 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Breakfast Spot
“best breakfast and lunch! located in west Asheville, short drive from downtown”
  • 244 locals recommend
Rafting
“This is for those that enjoy the outdoors/adventure seeking! Make sure to try the zip line or white water rafting ”
  • 150 locals recommend
Hotel
“Grove Park is a historic hotel and offer many spa services. The pool area is a great place to relax if they have day passes available for sale. (they sell out and note they are pricey)”
  • 179 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Great Historic Restaurant that sits on West Prong Little Pigeon River in the heart of Pigeon Forge. Waiting lines are a little long sometimes, but it's worth the wait!”
  • 67 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
“excellent restaurant, highly rated and popular, be sure to make a reservation well in advance!”
  • 178 locals recommend
Brewery
“Nice brewery with a large outside patio. There are so many breweries to choose from you can’t really go wrong choosing one. ”
  • 159 locals recommend
Chocolate Shop
“They make their own chocolate and the truffles are to die for! You can even tour the chocolate factory! Highly recommend if you are a lover of all things chocolate! ”
  • 137 locals recommend
Bakery
“A proper French cafe with various pastries. Perfect spot for doing work or reading a book.”
  • 90 locals recommend

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