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Asheville: Terrors, Boos and Booze Haunted Pub Crawl

Asheville: Terrors, Boos and Booze Haunted Pub Crawl

Explore the dark side of Asheville on a haunted pub crawl. Delve into 225 years of riveting American history with a guide at 6 allegedly haunted locations including the Flatiron building, Grove Arcade, and Pritchard Park. Enjoy drinks at local pubs (at your own expense). Meet your guide at Wedge Brewery Downtown at 1 Page Avenue Suite 152. From there, wind through 7 other bone-chilling, haunted locations, including three additional pubs. Share a drink with the ghost of Zelda Fitzgerald, who was tragically killed in a fire in Asheville in 1948. Experience the unnerving energy of Pritchard Park. Uncover the secrets of the Pack’s Tavern tunnel, where prohibition drove a couple into a murderous rage. If you are brave enough to step into the shadows, the spirits await you. After roaming the haunted streets of Asheville, end the tour with a bite at a downtown restaurant. Your guide will be wearing a black US Ghost Adventures t-shirt and carrying a lantern.

Asheville Terrors: Ghosts of the Blue Ridge

Asheville Terrors: Ghosts of the Blue Ridge

Join us for an unforgettable evening as we embark on a walking ghost tour through the historic district of Asheville. Our experienced local tour guide and haunted history expert will regale you with spine-tingling tales of the hauntings that persist at iconic buildings such as the Jackson Building, Legal Building, Vance Monument, and Pritchard Park. You'll be standing on haunted ground throughout the entire evening, so be prepared for a truly immersive experience. As you wander through the streets of Asheville, you'll feel the presence of the souls of bootleggers, outlaws, and debutantes from the city's past. These twisted tales of mystery, tragedy, and pain will leave you captivated as you uncover the dark secrets that lurk behind the city's historic facade. From the eerie glow of the Jackson Building to the ghostly whispers in Pritchard Park, you'll be immersed in the chilling atmosphere of Asheville's most haunted locations. The tour begins at 8 PM and will take you on a mile-long trek through the haunted and historic real estate of Asheville. While we may not be able to enter privately owned buildings, you'll have the opportunity to visit as many of the most haunted and iconic places in the city. Whether you're a skeptic or a true believer in the supernatural, this ghost tour promises to be an evening filled with entertainment, information, and spine-tingling encounters. Are you ready to uncover the secrets that lie beneath the surface of Asheville's historic district?

Marshall: French Broad Whitewater River Rafting Experience

Marshall: French Broad Whitewater River Rafting Experience

Experience whitewater rafting on the French Broad River as you paddle through the rapids. Admire the beautiful mountain views of Pisgah National Forest along the way. Receive a full safety briefing before your ride, then wear your life vest to navigate the river channels. Arrive at the meeting point for a briefing and instructional video. Then, put on your personal flotation device, grab your paddle, and board the shuttle bus to the river. Next, get into the raft and listen to your guide explain rafting terminology and what to expect. After this, paddle down the river and feel the excitement while you navigate around big boulders and large channels. View the mountains of the forest while you splash through the cascading waters of the river.

Asheville: 3-Hour City Electric Bike Tour with Views

Asheville: 3-Hour City Electric Bike Tour with Views

Join a fun-filled and informative bike ride around downtown Asheville. Start your ride in the heart of the up-and-coming South Slope amidst the breweries, art galleries, and restaurants that are making a name for this neighborhood. After putting the electric bikes to the test on a short ride up the slope, ride downtown past some of the unique local shops and businesses that make Asheville so different from any other city in the region. Make the first stop at the amazing Basilica of St. Lawrence, a masterpiece of local architecture built by Rafael Guastavino, whose work is featured in Grand Central Station and the Biltmore Estate. Take the chance to go inside and explore the impressive structure, which features the largest unsupported dome in North America. From there, ride down the quiet streets of the Historic Montford Neighborhood alongside some of the most beautiful grand old homes in Asheville. Then, take the peaceful Reed Creek and Glenn's Creek Greenways past UNC Asheville before starting the climb through North Asheville neighborhoods up to the historic Grove Park Inn. Enjoy the chance to walk through the Inn and get a magnificent view from the Sunset Terrace. After heading back downtown, stop in Pack Square, where Asheville was originally founded. This is a perfect vantage point to learn about Asheville's history and its abundant art-deco architecture, the 2nd largest collection in the country. End the journey back at the 225 Coxe Avenue location where you started from.

Blue Ridge Parkway Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour

Blue Ridge Parkway Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Note: This 550+ mile-long tour covers the essentials of Blue Ridge Parkway in 5+ hours. Once downloaded, your tour can begin at any of the following locations: Cherokee, NC; Asheville, NC; Roanoke, VA; Afton, VA. From there, you can drive in either direction. If you want to see the whole parkway, from Great Smoky Mountains National Park all the way to Shenandoah National Park’s Skyline Drive, you can do so! But if you’d rather break your trip up into smaller pieces and explore at different times, that’s also absolutely an option. Once you buy this tour, it’s yours for life, so you can explore the Blue Ridge Parkway entirely on your own schedule. While driving, you’ll have the opportunity to stop at countless jaw-dropping overlooks revealing the majesty and beauty of the Appalachian Mountains. Some of these also feature incredible hiking trails for travelers looking to stretch their legs and get up close and personal with this lush wilderness landscape. Along these trails, you’ll find mountain views, waterfalls, plentiful wildlife, and more scenery than you can shake a stick at. As you drive, you’ll also get acquainted with the Native tribes of the region, such as the Cherokee. You’ll hear plenty of history and legends belonging to these people and revisit dark yet important periods of time like the infamous Trail of Tears. Along the way, get ready to pass plenty of small, historic towns as well. Looking out across those distant villages, you’ll learn about the history of industry in the Appalachians—the rise, the fall, and the persistence of the hardy residents of these towns. Whether you’re looking to enhance a scenic drive or really dive into the weeds and explore, this tour gives you the tools to do it. So what are you waiting for? Buckle up and hit the road!

Asheville: Blue Ridge Parkway Self-Drive Tour w/ Audio Guide

Asheville: Blue Ridge Parkway Self-Drive Tour w/ Audio Guide

Explore the scenic wonders of the Blue Ridge Parkway from Asheville to Blowing Rock at your own pace with an in-app audio guide. Cover approximately 165 miles of awe-inspiring natural beauty, cultural attractions, and outdoor adventures. Along this iconic route, start with a stop at the must-see Craggy Gardens (Milepost 364.4), admiring vibrant rhododendron blooms and panoramic views. Continue to the Folk Art Center (Milepost 382), experiencing Appalachian heritage through handmade crafts and artisanal demonstrations. Then, witness the raw power of cascading waterfalls and explore scenic hiking trails at Linville Falls (Milepost 316.4). At Grandfather Mountain (Milepost 305.1), conquer the Mile High Swinging Bridge for breathtaking vistas and encounter wildlife in the nature preserve. Conclude your journey in this charming town of Blowing Rock, named after its iconic rock formation. Discover quaint shops, dining, and relaxation with a view. All throughout, get turn-by-turn directions, insightful commentary, and local tips. *Download the Shaka Guide app to access your purchased tours.*

Asheville: Scenic Helicopter Experience

Asheville: Scenic Helicopter Experience

Take a different approach to exploring Asheville's most famous views and attractions on a scenic helicopter flight. Enjoy picturesque vistas as you fly above Asheville, Western North Carolina, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the French Broad River. After taking off from a private heliport, begin your flight over the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. Get your dose of adrenaline as you feel the speed of the helicopter and fly low over the treetops and mountains, getting a true taste of the beauty that is the American South. Fly north along Highway 26 towards Biltmore Forest and downtown Asheville. As you circle around Biltmore Forest, get a bird's-eye view of one of America's largest estates. Listen to your guide through included headsets as they point out more highlights, including Antler Hill Village and the winery areas. After the tour, you’ll head back to the heliport across Lake Julian.

Asheville: Ultimate Late Night Haunted Pub Crawl

Asheville: Ultimate Late Night Haunted Pub Crawl

For decades, Asheville has been a healing mountain getaway for the wealthy and a creative haven for offbeat artists… but this vibrant blue ridge city is harboring deep dark secrets, and the ghosts are happy to share them. Join Asheville Terrors for an adult only, late-night dive into the seedy underworld of Asheville, where spirits linger from the Great Depression, Prohibition, and beyond. You’ll meet your seasoned guide at Barley’s Taproom, where you’ll grab your first drink of the night. From there, you’ll wind through seven other historic, haunted hotspots, including three more bars. Sip a 1920s cocktail as you hear the tragic story of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald; find out why the Flatiron Building is forever haunted by tuberculosis victims; and end your night at the iconic landmark: Pack’s Tavern. By the time you say goodnight, you’ll have a pleasant buzz and plenty of spooky stories to share with friends and family. Are you brave enough to step into the shadows of Asheville? Book a tour today. 9PM tours meet outside of Barley's Taproom - 42 Biltmore Ave. Please arrive 15 minutes early and look for your guide with a lantern and US Ghost Adventures t-shirt!

Asheville Historic Highlights: Self-Guided Walking Tour

Asheville Historic Highlights: Self-Guided Walking Tour

Begin your Asheville adventure by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Once downloaded, your tour begins at the Asheville Visitor Center. Note: This 1.8 miles-long tour covers the essentials of Asheville in 2 - 3 hours. As you stroll along, you’ll learn about the Cherokees’ roots in the region. Find out how they used old bison trails to hunt, travel, and establish trade routes! As you continue, you’ll revisit the founding of the city and beyond. Hear how the Civil War impacted Asheville and the people living here. After that, you’ll see the glorious Basilica of St. Lawrence and discover its architect’s vision. Then you’ll come to the Appalachian Stage, the first of many fascinating sculptures along the walking trail. Unearth the history of Appalachian music and its unique influences, from Irish folk music to African American gospel! Next up is the Shopping Daze Sculpture, which pays tribute to Haywood Street’s history as a shopping destination. As you study this masterpiece, you’ll get the story of locals’ efforts to save the endangered district! The journey continues back to the Gilded Age, when the city became a haven for tuberculosis patients and Asheville changed forever. As you proceed onto Woodfin Street, you’ll get to know author Thomas Wolfe, a native of Asheville. Find out he got his inspiration and why his neighbors simply hated his debut novel, Look Homeward, Angel. Moving along, learn about Asheville’s history of beekeeping and keep your eyes open for some of the city’s many honey-based treats! Up next, you’ll see the Civic Pride Sculpture. Here you’ll get to know Asheville’s namesake, Samuel Ashe, and learn his story, full of orphanhood, struggle, and legacy. After that, get spooked by stories of the boojum, a Sasquatch-like figure with a fondness for women! And you can’t miss the next stop: It’s the Jackson Building, once the tallest skyscraper in North Carolina! Finally, you’ll reach the bustling Grove Arcade, home to all kinds of unique shops and dining options. Your tour concludes here.

Blue Ridge Parkway: Cherokee to Asheville Driving App Tour

Blue Ridge Parkway: Cherokee to Asheville Driving App Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Let it become your personal navigator, storyteller, and route planner, enhancing every twist and turn of your Blue Ridge Parkway journey from Cherokee to Asheville. Begin your immersive journey at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Parking C in North Carolina. Here, be greeted with stories of local heritage and whispers of ancient tribes. Journeying on, the Blue Ridge Parkway weaves tales of the Cherokee and the timeless Appalachian stories that echo through the mountains. Your first majestic stop is the Ballhoot Scar Overlook, a spot where nature's artistry unfolds. As you navigate to the Thomas Divide and Big Witch Overlook, feel the heartbeats of the mountains and valleys echoing tales of the Cherokee legends. The Bunches Bald Overlook offers panoramas that seem like nature's canvas painted in countless hues, followed by the poetic beauty of Plott Balsam Overlook. The drive takes you through Soco Gap and the Thunder Struck Ridge Overlook, each viewpoint adding another layer to the intricate tales of this land. At Waterrock Knob, breathe in the vistas stretching across the horizon, and lose yourself in nature's grandeur at Yellow Face Overlook. Then discover Cherokee's heart, Cherokee Rose, which whispers legends of indigenous tribes and their tales. Journey onwards to the Roy Taylor Forest Overlook, a testament to nature's undying beauty. The scenic expanse of Cowee Mountain Overlook is followed by the panoramic views from Rough Butt Bald Overlook. Feel how nature's magic becomes palpable as you visit Cathedral Falls And French Broad Falls. Bask in the beauty of Black Balsam Knob, the ethereal allure of Skinny Dip Falls Trailhead, and the charm of Cherry Cove Overlook. History and nature intertwine at the Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower, followed by a serene halt at Pisgah Inn. As the journey proceeds, the rugged charm of Mount Pisgah awaits, with its history deeply rooted in local legends. Overlooks like Mills River Valley and Bad Fork Valley paint portraits of valleys, peaks, and the eternal sky. In essence, your tour is not just a drive; it’s an odyssey through time, culture, and nature’s wonders. This tour promises countless memories, stories, and breathtaking views. So, fasten your seatbelts, press play on your guide, and embark on your journey.

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