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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Museum
“George Vanderbilt's 250-room castle is America's Largest Home and a top attraction in Asheville. Plan a visit to Biltmore House, explore 8,000 acres of grounds, or book a behind-the-scenes tour.”
  • 375 locals recommend
Park
“Fun place to spend the day. Take the 1 mile hike to the top to view Atlanta (or take the cable car). Lots of other fun things to do for the whole family.”
  • 216 locals recommend
National Park
“Unbelievable scenic drives Mountains Streams Picnic areas No services or gas stations inside park so prepare prior Great Hiking Wildlife See Elkmont Clingmans Dome Cades Cove - prepare for 4 hrs minimum and traffic Check with Us on family portrait suggestions”
  • 159 locals recommend
Aquarium
“Great place to take the kids! there are walking trails on the outside and excellent aquariums on the inside”
  • 119 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The North Carolina Museum of Art has more than a dozen galleries holding works from around the world and a variety of art types. Originally starting with 139 works from Europe and America, the museum has grown to include African, Egyptian and Jewish works of art while also expanding European and ancient American holdings. With 30 added Rodin sculptures, the NCMA leads the holdings of this artist’s work in the southeastern United States. Other galleries hold everything from Renaissance paintings to contemporary photography. Exhibitions also run at the museum for several months at a time for guests to visit. Outside the museum is the 164-acre Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park, recently expanded and featuring monumental public art installations inspired by the natural world and preservation of landscapes, including the Gyre rings, Cloud Chamber for the Trees and Sky and Askew, as well as several recreational activities, picnic spots, and wooded trails. Tours are given daily if you or a group would like to learn more about the collections. When it’s time for lunch, you can stop by the Iris restaurant located inside the museum, specializing in contemporary American cuisine in a modern setting. (Also open for dinner! Order from items such as the Iris Burger, Seared Scallops with Red Curry Lemongrass Broth, Seafood Burrito and more.) For those interested in researching art periods or artists, the Art Reference Library holds over 40,000 volumes of books and available catalogs and databases. Kids to seniors can enjoy the many programs occurring throughout the year, including classes, concerts, films, camps, and workshops. Before you leave, head by the Museum Store, where items based on the museum’s collections and exhibits are available to purchase, perfect as souvenirs or gifts for family and friends. Admission is free, while some fees are given for specific programs, exhibitions, and large tours. Hours: Tues.-Thurs., 10am-5pm; Fri., 10am-9pm; Sat.-Sun., 10am-5pm; Mon., closed.”
  • 152 locals recommend
Outlet Mall
“There are so many shops you could spend the day here! Great buys of name brand items. Fall and Christmas time can be busy so go early to get parking. Shops such as North Face, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Brighton, Under Armour, and so many more!”
  • 80 locals recommend
Rafting
“There is so much to do at the Whitewater center. Go alone or take your family for adventure and relaxation! They’ve added ice skating for the winter...very unique. There are many free concerts in the summer, simply pay for parking. ”
  • 157 locals recommend
Hotel
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“Charlottes entertainment hub. Restaurants, bars, movie theater, bowling alley and shops all in one place.”
  • 139 locals recommend
Football Stadium
“Cheer on our Carolina Panthers or attend a concert at this great stadium in the heart of downtown.”
  • 88 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Excellent breakfast served all day with other goodies as well. Specializing in farm-to-table cuisines.”
  • 252 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Amusement park with rollercoasters and a water park. Perfect on a hot summer day!”
  • 91 locals recommend
Park
“15 minutes up the road is The DuPont State Forest. The Park is known for several spectacular waterfalls, as well as miles of biking, hiking, and horseback trails. Several of our cover photos are from there and it is a magnificent place. It might be somewhat familiar to you if you have ever seen the movie “The Hunger Games” and “The Last of the Mohicans.” I think there are tours if you’re interested. The hiking to the waterfalls is more of a long walk. There are no food vendors nearby.”
  • 218 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“Rides galore, restaurants, kids and adult games and rides, theaters, and so much more. During certain seasons they also open up their water park. ”
  • 84 locals recommend
Outdoor Event Space
“This is the grand-daddy of breweries with tours, outdoor venues, music, and an exceptional restaurant. A true connoisseur’s delight. ”
  • 208 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“Great preservation efforts led to this WW2 battleship being “saved” from the scrap metal yards, & most recently great local architect Chip Hemmingway designed the new perimeter wooden walkway around it! ”
  • 104 locals recommend
Museum
“Shrine to stock-car drivers past & present plus a museum with interactive exhibits & a theater.”
  • 77 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Rafting
“There is so much to do at the Whitewater center. Go alone or take your family for adventure and relaxation! They’ve added ice skating for the winter...very unique. There are many free concerts in the summer, simply pay for parking. ”
  • 157 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Excellent breakfast served all day with other goodies as well. Specializing in farm-to-table cuisines.”
  • 252 locals recommend
Hotel
“Architecture, history, good food, ambiance, spa options, views... this place has you covered.”
  • 192 locals recommend
Brewery
“Great place for beer, wine and wonderful choices of things to eat. Restaurant and bar are upstairs and a bar and heated outside seating for those who have dogs. ”
  • 167 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
“Spanish tapas restaurant that’s a hip eatery in a former 1927 bus depot offering elevated small plates, cured meats, sherries & wine. Many locals and visitors love this restaurant”
  • 184 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Historic Old Mill on river in Pigeon Forge. the atmosphere is nice and the food is very good. There is a couple shops you want walk around right next to it after lunch.”
  • 69 locals recommend
Bakery
“All the sweet treats your heart desires with great coffee drinks. Get the salted caramel brownie that made them famous!”
  • 98 locals recommend
Bar
“Right across the street from WALK, this place looks like a dive on the outside, but has amazing food! ”
  • 173 locals recommend

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