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Asheville: 1-Hour Haunted Walking Ghost Tour

1. Asheville: 1-Hour Haunted Walking Ghost Tour

Uncover the dark and mysterious past of the city of Asheville on a haunted walking ghost tour. Discover several paranormal hotspots including Helen’s Bridge, the Grove Park Inn, and the site of Zelda Fitzgerald’s tragic death. Learn how Asheville is a city built on more than 200 years of gruesome history. Experience a side of the city that’s rarely seen. Learn the secret behind the hauntings at the Battery Park Hotel, the Jackson Building, and many more active paranormal locations. Learn about Asheville’s history and discover what makes the "Paris of the South" so haunted. All stories are based on historical events, local legends, and eyewitness accounts of paranormal activity across the downtown area. Learn about the extensive research conducted on the hauntings at each of the locations. Hear the most accurate and up-to-date information about Asheville’s troubled past and paranormal activity!

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Charlotte: 90-Minute Electric Cart City Sightseeing Tour

2. Charlotte: 90-Minute Electric Cart City Sightseeing Tour

Get ready for a whirlwind 90-minute tour of Charlotte's best sights! Meet your tour guide and fellow explorers at Fitzgerald’s Restaurant, famous for their dangerously delicious fried pickles. Once you’re all checked-in it's time to board your electric cart for the day and hit the city streets! Set out on a discovery of Uptown Charlotte’s 4 wards as you learn about the city’s history, as well as its visions for the future. Along the way, see some of Charlotte’s most popular museums, luscious parks, and a number of churches from a variety of denominations. Next, a treat for die-hard sports fans with a visit to each of the sports stadiums in Uptown Charlotte, as well as a stop to take photos outside the Carolina Panthers Stadium. Head into the historic 4th ward next, one of the most popular highlights of the tour. Admire the architecture of the 19th century homes and learn about the rich-history of this vibrant district. Throughout the tour, your guide will also offer commentary and recommendations to enhance your stay in the Queen City.

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Pigeon Forge: Newfound Gap and Smoky Mountains Jeep Tour

3. Pigeon Forge: Newfound Gap and Smoky Mountains Jeep Tour

Before your adrenaline charged 4x4 off-road adventure, you'll depart in an iconic, open-air Pink Jeep Wrangler from Pigeon Forge. From there, Sugarland's Visitor Center is your first stop. Learn the history of the towns along the way. Passing through a forest that mimics the boreal forests, discover how the Smokies got their name, stop for amazing photo opportunities and hear more of local geology and history. Arrive at Newfound Gap, nearly 1 mile above sea level. See part of the mighty Appalachian Trail on a short walk, see Newfound Gap’s stunning viewpoint. The return trip from Newfound Gap includes stops for more photos. You’ll see the streams that ultimately feed the Gulf of Mexico via the mighty Mississippi River. Your tour finishes with a hand-gripping, off-roading ride through a trail on private land. Your professional tour guide has been expertly trained to give you an experience unlike any other in the Great Smoky Mountains.

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Charlotte: Historic Uptown 90-Minute Segway Tour

4. Charlotte: Historic Uptown 90-Minute Segway Tour

Charlotte has interesting sights and attractions befitting its status as one of the 20 largest U.S. cities, but you might not know it. Our 1.5-hour tour will get you started. We give you 15-20 minutes of practice and orientation before heading out on our adventure. The southern part of the city hosts new museums and cultural spaces, so it’s a good place to open your eyes to current development. But Charlotte was already well established during the Revolutionary War, when residents drove out British General Cornwallis. The best place to learn about its history is in the center of town, where we will ride through the Fourth Ward neighborhood. It has Charlotte's oldest homes and cemetery. Of course you also get to see our high-rises and skyscrapers up close, as well as numerous outdoor fountains and public works of art.

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Charlotte: Queen City Ghost Tour

5. Charlotte: Queen City Ghost Tour

Join this family-friendly ghost tour to discover the most haunted places in Charlotte, Queen City. Expect to be spooked as your local guide takes you to 8 ghostly locations around the city. Or upgrade to an extended tour to visit 12 creepy city sites. As you explore the city, you'll hear the story of how the Tar Heel State got its nickname and the tales of the spirits who journeyed from Ireland, attached to a bar that was imported from the Emerald Isle. Visit spots of historical importance such as the site of the Battle of Charlotte, where men lost their lives in the struggle for independence. Your guide will recount thoroughly researched and spooky stories that, although creepy, won’t leave you lying awake at night.

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Amazing Asheville Scavenger Hunt Adventure

6. Amazing Asheville Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Looking for a way to turn Asheville into a giant game board?   Urban Adventure Quest has created an interactive scavenger hunt that combines the fun of the Amazing Race with a three-hour sightseeing tour of Asheville.  Guided from any smartphone, groups make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. The adventure begins in the heart of the city and takes you to an amazing collection of outdoor art, historic parks, and monuments dedicated the city's famous citizens and historical events. The game route will show you some of the best sights of the city as well as its hidden gems, all while challenging your mind and capacity for fun.  The tour requires approximately 1 mile of walking.  Using a smartphone as “the guide” allows participants to start when they want and determine their own pace of play.  Stop to enjoy the art, do some people watching or grab a bite to eat… why not, it’s your schedule? Offered at a fixed price for a group vs. per person pricing, this city tour/game offers a great value to those on a budget. Points of interest during your Quest include Vance Memorial, Pack Square Park, Veteran's Memorial, Thomas Wolfe House, Asheville Community Theater and Pritchard Park.

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Asheville: Yoga on a Mountain Hike

7. Asheville: Yoga on a Mountain Hike

Meet your group and instructor at the trailhead just 30 minutes from Asheville to embark upon a unique adventure in the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. Breathe in the fresh air as you hike to an open summit where your instructor will guide your group through an hour of yoga practice for all levels. Relish this time to sit still, soak in your surroundings, and move your body. Beginners to yoga and hiking are welcome. Yoga mats are provided, just bring comfortable clothing, a positive attitude, and a sense of adventure.

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Asheville: History and Architecture Tour

8. Asheville: History and Architecture Tour

Join your passionate guide for a walking tour of downtown Asheville. Walk for approximately 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) at a comfortable pace, with several stops en route to marvel and take beautiful photographs. Enjoy a boutique tour perfect for architecture and history buffs. Your Asheville city tour starts downtown. Look at the glorious art-deco architecture and listen to a detailed history of the area. Stop at several historic sites and delve into the history of Asheville's notable residents. Hear stories of the literary names who called Asheville home, including William Sydney Porter – known by his pen name O. Henry – and Thomas Wolfe and his family. Learn about the city's founding fathers, and discover Asheville's connection to the cursed Hope Diamond.

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Charlotte: 4-Hour Private Party Tour by Electric Cart

9. Charlotte: 4-Hour Private Party Tour by Electric Cart

What better way to explore Charlotte than on this 4-hour VIP party cruise? Bachelor or bachelorette groups, wedding parties, friends’ nights out — this is the tour for you.   If you have a large group, sit back and relax as your driver takes you around by electric cart to the activities of your choosing. This tour is great for weddings, birthdays, or team building groups who want flexibility and more time to enjoy the city center.   Want to explore Charlotte from a local’s perspective? Your guide can show you the real Charlotte, taking you to areas like NoDa, Plaza Midwood, and South END, which each have their own distinct entertainment districts. Or tell the driver where you'd like to go, and he'll gladly be your chauffeur for the evening.

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Asheville: Guided Kayak Tour on the French Broad River

10. Asheville: Guided Kayak Tour on the French Broad River

Start your adventure from the Hominy Creek River Park in Ashevelille and relax with transportation to the Bent Creek River Park. Enjoy the company of a certified naturalist guide who is familiar with the local flora and fauna and will make sure to answer any questions you have. On this ride, you will discover a different view of the city of Asheville as you paddle along the French Broad River. From the kayak, have a sneak peak of the Biltmore Estate French Renaissance castle.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 82 reviews

John was a great tour guide. He was very knowledgeable despite the fact that he has only been doing the tour for a few months. I highly recommend signing up for this experience.

The tour was excellent! We saw the old part of the city with the first beautiful church and southern style houses. I would do it again if not the cold wind. ))

Our tour guide was outstanding very knowledgable about the city and personable.

David was a delight as a guide- very knowledgeable and enthusiastic!

Our tour guide did a fantastic job and we enjoyed the experience.