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Asheville, North Carolina

For a variety of historical landmarks, art galleries, nature preserves and other enjoyable and educational activities, Asheville, North Carolina should not be overlooked.

Take a trip to the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, which houses various events to showcase artwork from a variety of artists. Additionally, the Center has a rotating schedule of special events, galleries, and classes that are worth a look.

Students can explore Asheville’s oldest home, the Smith-McDowell House Museum. The home has been beautifully restored to its former glory, and offers a variety of galleries, exhibits and events for knowledge-thirsty students.

BiltmoreOf course, a visit to Biltmore Estate should also factor into your itinerary. Classified as the “largest home in America,” (250 rooms!) Biltmore Estate offers a truly historical look at the legendary home of George Vanderbilt. The home also boasts legendary gardens, which are worth a trip in and of themselves.

The Estes-Winn Memorial Automobile Museum, located in the Grovewood Gallery in Asheville, boasts a collection of 19 vintage cars. In addition to the automobiles, the museum also holds several horse-drawn carriages and a fire engine from 1922. For vintage car enthusiasts, this is one museum you won’t want to miss!

While it may seem odd to visit a cemetery while on an educational trip, the Riverside Cemetery in Asheville is one of the city’s oldest historical cemeteries. The cemetery holds the final remains of several prominent Asheville figures, including Thomas Wolfe.

Speaking of Thomas Wolfe, students can also plan to visit the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, which was both the author’s home as a child and his inspiration for his famous novel “Look Homeward, Angel.”

There are several video presentations to be seen here, as well as exhibits and a gift shop for students who want to take home something to commemorate their visit to this historic site.

If you’d like to take a break in nature, visit Asheville’s Botanical Gardens. Spanning over 10 acres, the beautiful gardens are dedicated to preserving and showcasing a variety of flora and fauna from the Southern Appalachians.

For a more hands-on nature experience, students can visit Chimney Rock Park with majestic views of the Blue Ridge, as well as a 404 foot waterfall and several animal sculptures. Students can take an elevator to the top of the mountain, or traverse one of several hiking trails for the beautiful scenic reward at the end. If you don’t visit any other nature preserve in Asheville, you NEED to visit Chimney Rock.

For a truly unique experience, take a ride on Asheville’s Ghost Trolley. The trolley takes you through the most haunted mountains around; the tour lasts for about 60 to 90 minutes, and is an unforgettable experience whether you believe in ghosts and hauntings or not.

Whatever you choose to do in Asheville, North Carolina there’s no denying that the city boasts a wide variety of educational galleries, tours, nature preserves and exhibits to discover.

Visit Asheville, North Carolina, and you’ll not only enrich your mind; you’ll also be creating experiences and memories that will last for many years to come.