Things to Do in Asheville
Built by American magnate George Washington Vanderbilt II, the Biltmore Estate was modeled after the mansions of Europe when it was constructed in the late 19th century. At more than 8,000 acres in size and with 178,000 square feet in the home, it is the largest privately owned house in the United States and a prominent example of America’s Gilded Age. With a copper lined rooftop and Indiana limestone walls on its exterior and an ornately decorated interior full of antiques and artifacts, the estate provides for hours of exploration and enjoyment. Its unique Chateauesque architecture drew inspiration from the Renaissance chateaus of France.
Its exterior is splendidly surrounded by manicured park landscape, including a timber forest, formal gardens, and ponds. With 36 bedrooms, 65 fireplaces, three kitchens, and a 10,000 volume library, the home is impressive in scale alone andthe property is also home to 8,000 acres of vineyards.
The 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the best scenic routes in the eastern part of the United States, making it an ideal road trip destination. The Blue Ridge Parkway takes its name from the Blue Ridge Mountains through which it runs, a chain that is part of the Appalachian Mountains. The road winds through Virginia and North Carolina, with the Shenandoah National Park and Great Smoky Mountains National Park at either end.
Some popular points of interest along the Blue Ridge Parkway include the 19th-century Appalachian farm at Humpback Rock, the early 20th century Mabry Mill, the stepped waterfall at Linville Falls, the reflective Looking Glass Rock, and Waterrock Knob – the highest visitor center along the parkway.