City Orientation Walk (Self Guided), Asheville

A busy commercial hub, Downtown Asheville is filled with indie boutiques, cutting-edge galleries, and specialty food stores, plus artisan shops in the elegant Grove Arcade. Farm-to-table and Southern restaurants dot the area, alongside breweries, chic cocktail bars, and storied music venues. Eclectic attractions include the unusual Pinball Museum and the Basilica of Saint Lawrence, with its vast domed ceiling. Follow this self-guided walk to hit some of the best spots!
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: USA » Asheville (See other walking tours in Asheville)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 13
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Author: HelenF
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Asheville City Hall
  • L.O.F.T. of Asheville
  • Bruisin' Ales
  • Diana Wortham Theatre
  • Indo Apparel & Gifts
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • Central United Methodist Church
  • Asheville Gallery of Art
  • Woolworth Walk
  • The Chocolate Fetish
  • Basilica of St. Lawrence
  • Asheville Pinball Museum
  • Mountain Made
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Asheville City Hall

1) Asheville City Hall

Asheville City Hall, the center of Asheville's city government, is an historic Art Deco brick and stone office building located on City-County Plaza in Asheville, North Carolina, United States. In 1976 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. It is located in the Downtown Asheville Historic District.

The building is one of the Art Deco Masterpieces of Asheville. Constructed in 1928, it was meant to be a twin to the new Buncombe County Courthouse, but instead the courthouse was built in a more conservative and classic style, and much taller than the city hall. The wing connecting them together was never built, either. The building still serves the City of Asheville, while the Courthouse has undergone many renovations and expansions.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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L.O.F.T. of Asheville

2) L.O.F.T. of Asheville

At the L.O.F.T. (Lost Objects Found Treasures) you will find yourself lured into a world of long forgotten treasures. This enchanting gift shop is a thrilling place for one who adores antiques, unusual things and uncommon books. Since 1996, the L.O.F.T. is at your service, always coming up with new ideas and original things for you to take home. The shop is open from Sunday - Thursday: 9:30 am-9:00 pm; Friday- Saturday 9:30 am-10:00 pm.
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Bruisin' Ales

3) Bruisin' Ales

Having trouble deciding what gifts to bring back home with you after a trip to Asheville? Well, there is one unusual way to make your friends happy; but first of all there is something you should definitely know – the best selection of beer in the city is at Bruisin’ Ales. It is a beer-only store which proudly presents over 900 types of beer selected from different places in the world - an enormous treasure vault, stocking American craft brews, Belgians, etc. So go to Bruisin’ Ales Tuesday to Thursday between 12pm and 8pm, or Fridays and Saturdays between 12pm and 9pm, or even better on Sundays when the place is open from 12pm till 6pm and you can buy an original, tasty gift.
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Diana Wortham Theatre

4) Diana Wortham Theatre

There is no childhood without wonderful memories acquired at a charming theater play. At Diana Wortham Theatre, you and your children will have a splendid time enjoying beautiful performances from the top professionals of Asheville. The theater hosts school shows, music and dance performances, so prepare yourself for an unforgettable adventure at Diana's Wortham.
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Indo Apparel & Gifts

5) Indo Apparel & Gifts

Everything your heart desires is here at Indo Apparel & Gifts! Whether you are looking for musical instruments, incense, jewelry or finger puppets, this shop has it all. You are welcome to visit Indo Apparel & Gifts Monday through Thursday from 11am till 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays between 10am and 8pm and Sundays from 12pm till 6pm.
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First Presbyterian Church

6) First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church is one of the most outstanding churches of Asheville, featuring an extraordinary red brick construction. Aside from its structure, the church is proud to have great choirs and ensembles, such as the Chancel Choir, Youth, Older Children’s Choir, etc. The First Presbyterian Church also organizes a wide range of classes where visitors are most welcome, namely Word of the Day, Coffee & Discussion, First Bible Class and other fascinating gatherings.
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Central United Methodist Church

7) Central United Methodist Church

It all began about 173 years ago, when a little church was built in Asheville; it was the city’s first and only place of worship during that time. Today, right on the grounds where that small church existed, one can find the grand Central United Methodist Church; its construction began in 1902. Since its founding in 1837, it managed to gather a big family of believers, counting over 3,000 members. Everybody is welcome to become a part of the Methodist’s Church community.
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Asheville Gallery of Art

8) Asheville Gallery of Art

At Asheville Gallery of Art artists share their experience and feelings with the audience through their magnificent work. Talents such as Sandra Brugh Moore, Christine Siegfried and John Anderson are just a few of the many who exhibit their masterpieces here. Within the colorful, very diverse space of the gallery, one will find touching watercolors, acrylics, etchings, etc. Contemplate the works Monday through Saturday from 11am to 6pm, Sunday from 11 to 4 pm.
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Woolworth Walk

9) Woolworth Walk

Woolworth Walk features a 20,000 sq. ft. exhibition area, displaying works of art by over 150 artists and artisans. Everybody who has an eye for unique fine art will pick up on the original viewpoints of the displayed artists. The beautiful crafts, decorative arts, furnishings, jewelry and photography are presented to delight visitors and at the same time to promote and support arts in Asheville. Woolworth is open Monday through Thursday from 11am to 6pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 7pm and Sundays between 11am and 5pm.
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The Chocolate Fetish

10) The Chocolate Fetish

The most wonderful handmade chocolate in Asheville is waiting for you at The Chocolate Fetish. The children and the adults will be extremely pleased! The wide selection of chocolates is astonishing, including chocolate fruit, truffle bars, frogs, chocolate rounds and many other delicious items that will melt in your mouth! The Fetish is open Monday through Thursday from 11am to 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays: 11am - 9pm and Sundays: noon - 6pm.
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Basilica of St. Lawrence

11) Basilica of St. Lawrence (must see)

The Basilica of St. Lawrence is a minor basilica of the Roman Catholic Church located in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. The basilica was designed and built in 1905 by Spanish architect Rafael Guastavino along with his fellow architect R. S. Smith and the surrounding Catholic community of Asheville. The Basilica is on the National Register of Historic Places and was elevated in status to a Minor Basilica in 1993 by Pope John Paul II. It is the only basilica in Western North Carolina and serves the surrounding areas and Catholic students from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. The basilica's dome has a span of 58 by 82 feet and is reputed to be the largest freestanding elliptical dome in North America.

The inside of the church is adorned with statues of saints, including St. Lawrence, St. Cecilia, St. Rose of Lima, St. Patrick, and St. Peter the Apostle. The high altar is made from marble found in Tennessee. On the front of the High Altar is a fresco painting of the Last Supper. Above the high altar in the sanctuary is a Spanish wood carving of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. John the Beloved Disciple mourning at the Crucifixion of Christ. Behind the wood carving of the crucifixion and covering the entire apse wall are polychrome terra cotta ornamental partitions of the Four Evangelists and two of the Archangels, St. Raphael and St. Michael.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Asheville Pinball Museum

12) Asheville Pinball Museum

When you see/hear the word "museum", it might give the impression of things to looks at. NOT SO! Here, you get a flat rate ticket and can play to your heart's delight. There is a wide variety of pinball machines that should make everyone perfectly happy - including popular classics like Pac Man, Mrs. Pac Man, Galaga, Tron and Frogger. Look around to see room after room of old-school video games!

Almost every pinball machine has information about their make, year, and a fun fact or two, and there is an area where you can learn about the history of pinball machines. Staff is friendly, and you can grab a beer or have some wine (bar is in the middle of the action and covered with quirky and fun memorabilia). Admission is $15; 10 and under – $12.

Tip:
This place gets full quickly, especially on weekends. Go early!

Opening Hours:
Wed, Thu, Fri: 2pm–9pm; Sat: 12–9pm; Sun: 1–6pm
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Mountain Made

13) Mountain Made

If you are interested in buying new jewelry, pottery, wood or glass, head to the Grove Arcade, where you will find, in Suite 123, a charming little shop called Mountain Made. Here you can purchase perfect memorabilia that will definitely bring back sweet memories of your time spent in Asheville. The shop is a convenient combination of a gallery and gift shop where contemporary mountain arts are the main attraction. Mountain Made is open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm and Sundays between 12pm and 5pm.

Walking Tours in Asheville, North Carolina

Create Your Own Walk in Asheville

Create Your Own Walk in Asheville

Creating your own self-guided walk in Asheville is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Churches in Asheville

Churches in Asheville

The city of Asheville has tons of offerings to all visitors who come to discover its dazzling religious architectural monuments. Each street corner is another door to a new, interesting denomination. On this tour, you will definitely observe the diversity that dominates within the architecture of religious venues.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles
Downtown Asheville Art Galleries

Downtown Asheville Art Galleries

Home to over a dozen of art galleries, the city of Asheville has an incredible "army" of talented artists. Their craftsmanship is epic and their work exceeds all known boundaries, thus transforming Asheville into a city where creation and art never sleeps. Take the following tour to roar the streets in search of stunning artistic treasures.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 Km or 0.7 Miles
Kids Entertainment Walking Tour in Asheville

Kids Entertainment Walking Tour in Asheville

In the city of Asheville there are plenty of entertaining venues for your little ones. Educational museums, theaters, creative lounges and chocolate shops are plentiful and welcoming. Take the following tour and experience, together with your kids, the sweet adventure of childhood.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 Km or 0.5 Miles
Shopping Walking Tour in Asheville

Shopping Walking Tour in Asheville

Shopping in Asheville is an elaborate activity, so one will definitely need a good deal of time to prepare for this exciting adventure through the city streets, which are packed with shops, little stores and craft galleries. Take the following tour and visit the most renowned and interesting shops of Asheville.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 Km or 0.7 Miles
Night Venues in Asheville

Night Venues in Asheville

Are you eager to spend a great night out in Asheville? Well, charge your life energy batteries and let’s go! The city has everything you are looking for: freshly made beer, good live music and the best cocktails. The following self-guided nightlife tour will help you find a suitable place to get your party started!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles