Transformed into a contemporary city over the years, yet continuing to preserve its rich history and heritage, Asheville has something for everyone. From colorful Downtown Asheville to the scenic surroundings of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you can experience all Asheville has to offer during a sightseeing bus tour with a friendly and knowledgeable step-on-guide.
Asheville Visitors Center
Start your Asheville, North Carolina sightseeing tour in the Asheville Visitors Center. Here you will be greeted by your step-on-guide who will take you on a day trip that includes a city tour of Asheville and a scenic drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway with exciting stops along the way.
Skipping the urban renewal process that stripped the character from many downtowns, Asheville’s rich architectural legacy with its mix of Art Deco Beaux Arts and Neoclassical styles is the perfect backdrop to the city’s edgy energy. During your time downtown, uncover the history of Asheville and enjoy short stops at renowned landmarks.
St. Lawrence Basilica
Situated in the heart of Downtown Asheville is the St. Lawrence Basilica. Discover the history behind the largest freestanding elliptical dome in North America. A place of pilgrimage for over a century, the Basilica of St. Lawrence was built in 1905 by Rafael Guastavino and fellow architect R.S. Smith and was completed in 1909 by Rafael Guastavino, Jr. after his father’s death in 1908.
Thomas Wolfe Memorial
The Thomas Wolfe Memorial, often called the Thomas Wolfe House is the childhood home of one of the giants of 20th Century Literature, Thomas Wolfe. Used as the setting for his first novel “Look Homeward, Angel” Wolfe’s colorful portrayal of his family, his hometown of Asheville, North Carolina and the old Kentucky home earned the Thomas Wolfe House worldwide recognition as one of American Literature’s most famous landmarks.
A vibrant centerpiece of Downtown Asheville, Pack Place is a bustling complex that includes Colburn Earth Science Museum, Diana Wortham Theatre and the YMI Cultural Center.
The Smith-Mcdowell House is one of Asheville’s oldest surviving dwellings. Built by one of antebellum North Carolina’s most influential people, the Smith-Mcdowell House has been the home of mayors, a Civil War Major and friends of the Vanderbilt family. Today at the Smith-Mcdowell House, step back in time and discover how life was lived in Asheville, North Carolina during the 19th Century.
-Enjoy lunch and shopping on your own at Grove Arcade, Biltmore Village, or Pack Place. Your step-on-guide will be available should you have any questions regarding the areas dining and shopping options.