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Staying in one of downtown Asheville’s vacation rentals puts you right at the heart of all the action. Whether you like outdoor adventures, prefer a cultural trip, enjoy shopping or want to discover the local dining and drinking options, there’s no end of things to do in Asheville, North Carolina.

Take In the Sights

A self-guided walking tour along the Urban Trail is a must to discover the area’s history and art. Five time periods are marked during the tour, and sculptures mark each of the 30 stops along the way. Admire the architecture and art while you discover Asheville’s rich history. For a side-splitting tour, take a ride on one of the purple LaZoom buses. The comedy bus tour takes you to different landmarks as your guide keeps you entertained with stories, facts and jokes. LaZoom tours also include a band and beer bus tour with live music and two brewery stops as well as a haunted tour at night.

Sightseeing Is Thirsty Work

A luck would have it, Asheville is dubbed ‘Beer City USA’ as there are over 30 craft breweries in the city, 10 of which are downtown. South Slope is the brewery district where you’ll find breweries, restaurants and shops. Watch specialty brewers at work in Dirty Jacks, see the 1920s apothecary-style tasting room at The Chemist and take a guided tour of one of North Carolina’s oldest breweries, Green Man Brewery, which includes a tasting session and a souvenir glass. Quench your thirst while you sightsee as you peddle your way around downtown Asheville on the Pubcycle. Stop off at two breweries or pubs along the way during this fun tour.

A Breath of Fresh Air

The historic Pack Square Park was created in 1797 and now stretches over six acres. Gaze up at the Vance Monument, relax on the green and cool down at one of the three water features. At the park’s northeast corner, pay homage to fallen heroes at the Veterans’ Memorial. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch one of the outdoor concerts held there while you’re on vacation. Just five minutes from downtown Asheville, the Adventure Center offers a host of adventurous outdoor activities. Soar through the air on a zip line, head up to the treetops obstacle course or go mountain biking.

A Cultural Escape

When looking at downtown Asheville vacation rentals, you can be sure you’ll be close to cultural attractions. Watch a performance at NC Stage Company, which has just 127 seats in the theater. See contemporary art exhibitions in Momentum Gallery, featuring works from national and regional artists. Visit the historic home of the famous author, Thomas Wolfe. The well-preserved house, which is a literary landmark, displays original furnishings in practically the same layout as when Thomas Wolfe lived there. At Lexington Glassworks, admire the handiwork of the glassblowers as you watch them at work in their studio.