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Your ultimate guide to tours of Asheville

Explore the Land of the Sky through its history, food, drink, and art on these tours.

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Gather round for a tour of Asheville’s street art.

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Whether you’re a lifelong Ashevillian longing to embrace your inner tourist or you have a limited amount of time in the Land of the Sky, here are 20+ tours guaranteed to show you the sights you want to see.

Note: Price estimates are based on individual adult rates available at the time of publishing. Check each company’s website to see current pricing.

Top Tours

Asheville Free Walking Tours | $0-$15 | Explore downtown or the RAD, take a bite of the local food scene on the Taste of West Asheville tour, or dig into tunes of the past on the Music History tour — many of the tours are tip-based, so you can make a contribution after your excursion.

Biltmore Estate | $110-$410 | The striking historic home is ready for you to explore with an audio guide.

Citizen Vinyl | Free | Every Wednesday through Saturday at noon and 1 p.m. and on Sunday at 12:30 and 1:30 p.m., you can learn more about the record-pressing facility and immerse yourself in the history of the Citizen-Times building.

Gray Line Trolley Tours of Asheville | $30-$37 | Embark on the hop-on, hop-off tour to travel through a variety of neighborhoods and make stops to shop, browse art galleries, and indulge in the culinary scene — or opt for the ghost or Christmas tours for a themed journey.

Hood Huggers International Tours | $30-$55 | Dive into the past, learn about the present, and explore the future of the African-American community in Asheville on one of the walking or driving tours.

La Zoom Tours | $27-$49 | You’ll laugh and learn on these comedy tours aboard the purple bus — plus, locals can get 20% off midweek tours with proof of Buncombe County residence.

Mountaineer Motor Tours | $250-$300 | Hop inside a 1923 Ford Model T for a ride around downtown and Grove Park, or a route through Riverside Cemetery, Historic Montford Neighborhood and downtown Asheville.

Thomas Wolfe Memorial | $5 | Tours of the author’s childhood home are available Tuesday-Saturday, departing on the half hour.

A vintage 1956 Chrysler 300 B parked in front of the Motor Parts store on Coxe Avenue.

Heath Townson of Mountaineer Motor Tours also just acquired a 1956 Chrysler 300 B.

Photo by Franzi Charen

Eat and Drink

Asheville Food Tours | $85 | Choose from four different tour experiences to get a taste of some of the best bites our culinary scene has to offer.

Asheville Rooftop Bar Tours | $89 | Enjoy views of the Blue Ridge Mountains while sipping on seasonal cocktails or mocktails at three rooftops — plus, you’ll learn plenty of history about each location along the way.

Eating Asheville Tours | $79-$89 | Explore our city on foot while making stops at restaurants, bakeries, and bars, both new and old.

BREW-ed Brewery Tours | $65 | Learn about the science of craft beer, from the ingredients all the way to the finished product (which you’ll get to sample plenty of).

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Make new friends over good food with Asheville Food Tours.

Photo by Stu Helm

Art is all around

Art Connections Art Tours | $85-$165 | Let Sherry Masters design a custom tour to accommodate your creative interest.

Asheville Art Experience | $55 | Dive into the rich and energetic spirit of the River Arts District, walking through artist studios and appreciating works of various mediums.

Asheville Art Museum Public Tours | Free with general admission | The Museum frequently offers docent-guided tours through special exhibitions and the Museum’s Collections — check the calendar to stay up to date with opportunities.

Mountain Mural Tours | $25-$40 | Hop on the bus or lace up your walking shoes to explore the murals, graffiti, and sculptures that make Asheville’s urban art scene so unique.

Get outdoors

Asheville Drifters | $250-$500 | If you’re looking to reel in a trout or smallmouth bass, expert guides will help you out, offering a variety of float fishing trips and wade fishing trips.

Asheville Hiking Tours | $99 | Reserve a spot on the Waterfalls and Blue Ridge Parkway tour to discover breathtaking scenery during the easy-to-moderate 2.5-mile journey.

Asheville Jeep Tours | $75-$99 | Let your guide take the wheel and show you the biodiversity of the region from paved or gravel roads.

No Taste Like Home | $42-$77 | Embark on the expert-led foraging tour to find wild foods like mushrooms, berries, and edible plants, followed by a cooking demo and tasting.

WNC Photo Tours | Prices vary with group size | Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned photographer, J Smilanic and Matt Williams will teach you the best practices to capture gorgeous landscape photography.

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A glimpse of the spoils you may gather on a No Taste Like Home tour.

Photo by AVLtoday

All in on history

Asheville Architecture Trail | Free | Study up on the buildings of the 1920s by following the interactive map to 14 locations.

Asheville By Foot Walking Tours | $30 | Get your steps in while your guide chronicles the abundant history behind local landmarks on “The Asheville Insider Walking Tour.”

Asheville Urban Trail | Free | Use the interactive map to absorb the stories of our city’s iconic figures, events, and locations — read the plaques at each stop and listen along to the audio tour.

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