Top 20 Asheville Guided Tours

Asheville Top 20 Guided Tours

Looking for a guided sightseeing tour, trip and activity during your vacation to Asheville and the surrounding North Carolina mountain area? Make the most of your time and let an experienced local guide direct you. From biking to beer, you'll find a big variety to choose from. Some are definitely a little quirky, and all make for great memories. Other adventures in the Blue Ridge Mountains include wellness, food, wildflowers, elk, waterfalls, photography, yoga, hiking, fireflies, escape room and more! 

Asheville Guided Tours & Activities

LaZoom Tours
LaZoom Tours
Take the most fun city tour ever in a bright purple LaZoom bus! Through captivating stories, outlandish comedy skits, and an enthralling musical soundscape, experience Asheville's history, current culture and counterculture with their 90 minute interactive bus tours that depart from downtown. Haunted and beer tours too!
Creative Food Tours
Creative Mountain Food Tours
Take a 2-3 hour fun-filled guided walking tour, especially appealing to foodies and history buffs. Enjoy food, beverage and dessert tastings at least five local and unique eateries. Stroll, sip and taste while going behind the scenes to hear insightful tidbits of Black Mountain’s culture, history and cuisine.
Wild Food Foraging Tours
Wild Food Foraging Tours
Take a "forage to table" tour with No Taste Like Home and play with your food. Our area is a Garden of Eden with over 300 wild edibles. During a guided tour, gather wild mushrooms, plants, and other “extreme cuisine.” Then a chef transforms your finds into a delicious meal. 
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Ride a scenic train on excurisons through the mountains along the Nantahala and Tuckasegee Rivers, across valleys and through tunnels. Choose from a variety of train adventures departing from Bryson City. First class passengers enjoy dining and souvenirs. Many special event trains.
Vagabond Vistas Photo Tours
Vagabond Vistas Photo Tours
You've invested in the fancy camera. You're surrounded by the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains, and the urban intrigue of Asheville. Now what? Why not invest in yourself and learn the tricks of the trade, and the lay of the land, with a local professional photography instructor?
Asheville Wellness Tour
Asheville Wellness Tours
Your walking tour begins with an educational tea tasting inside Dobra Tea House. Next is a Yoga Tour through Downtown, stretching and breathing in the city. It all concludes at Asheville's Salt Cave, relaxing and experiencing the healing benefits of salt therapy.
Waterfall Tours
Tumblestone Waterfall Tours
Get picked up at your accommodation in the Asheville area for a guided half-day waterfall excursion that will visit 3 impressive waterfalls in two protected forests. Plus ride on a very scenic portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Licensed & Insured
BREW-ed Brewery & History Walking Tours
BREW-ed Brewery & History Walking Tours
Take the only brewery tour in Asheville led by a certified beer expert! Learn how beer is made and how to taste it. Get special access to Asheville's breweries and learn the stories behind the pints. On the short walks between breweries, your guide will share stories of the early days of Asheville.
The Amazing Pubcycle
The Amazing Pubcycle
Ride through downtown on a wicked-cool 13-person pedal powered (motor assisted) contraption like no other. Imagine riding your bike sideways, hanging out at your favorite pub on wheels. Pubcycle is a BYOB activity, so get your brew on!
Conundrum
Conundrum Escape Adventures
Escape room meets madcap mystery. Can you decode the clues? Can you crack the puzzles? Live action creates zany fun and immersive experiences like you’ve never seen. Located downtown Asheville at The Intrigue Lounge, a gadgety beer and concoction bar.
Asheville Art Studio Tours
Asheville Art Studio Tours
Get a behind-the-scenes look inside artist studios in the River Arts District near downtown Asheville and Biltmore. These small intimate, artist led, walking tours last about two hours. They also offer custom, hands-on and VIP art tours. 
Elk Tours
Cataloochee Valley Tours
Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains is a special place that is not easy to get to, but hard to forget. Take a guided eco-tour with a naturalist to see the elk on one of their tours: Evening Elk Eco-Tours, Spring Wildflower Hike, or Synchronous Firefly Night Walks. Reservations required.
Electro Bike Tours
Electro Bike Tours
Discover the highlights of Asheville on a guided pedal assist electric bike tour. Imagine pedaling a bike uphill with a boost! Wind through downtown and historic Montford neighborhood. Cruise up hills with a smile, and enjoy an unforgettable tour!
Pisgah Field School
Pisgah Field School Tours
Explore the natural and cultural wonders of Pisgah National Forest and beyond through guided hikes and small tours for waterfalls, star gazing, fireflies and more in the Brevard area, presented by the non-profit Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association.
Oxbow River Snorkeling
Oxbow River Snorkeling
Introducing guided river snorkeling in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Venture below the surface of one of the oldest rivers in the world along the upper French Broad River, packed full of potential surprises around every bend with 45 fish species.
Farm Tours Asheville
Asheville Farm to Table Tours
Take a guided tour of fascinating, sustainable farms near Asheville. Meet the farmers, tour the mountain countryside and finish the day with a delicious lunch, personally prepared with ingredients from the farms you visited.
Wildland Guided Hikes
Wildland Trekking Company
This award-winning adventure tour company specializes in guided hiking and backpacking tours to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A top-rated company on TripAdvisor with all-inclusive trips and expert guides, they are one of the Smokies' premier adventure options.
Pisgah Mountain Bike Adventures
Pisgah Mountain Bike Adventures
This mountain bike guide service specializes in professionally guided trips in Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State Forest near Brevard, customized to individual tastes and ability levels. Half, full, and multi-day trips include a snack and lunch. Experienced and trustworthy guides create rides focusing on downhills, single-track, or climbing.
Bryson City Outdoors
Bryson City Outdoors
This well-equipped outdoor store in downtown Bryson City  has just about everything to make your outdoor adventure the best possible. Rentals include kayak, paddleboards and camping gear. They also offer guided hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, plus kayak and paddleboard tours on Fontana Lake. 
Whitewater Rafting & Kayaking
Whitewater Rafting & Kayaking
With four rivers (French Broad, Pigeon, Nantahala, and Nolichucky) for rafting and kayaking in the mountains. Find professional companies that provide rafting guides, so no experience is necessary. You can even learn how to kayak in the rapids or paddleboard on a lake.
Zip Line Canopy Tour
Top 10 Zip Line Canopy Tours
Fly above the trees and experience the mountain's natural beauty from a bird's perspective. See our favorite zip line canopy courses to enjoy in the Asheville area in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. No experience is needed. Canopy guides provide all instruction and assistance. So it's fun for all fitness levels!

Tips for Tours

  • Book well in advance to get the time slot you want. 
  • Ask lots of questions so you know to expect - especially what to wear and bring along. 
  • We are lucky to be surrounded by Pisgah National Forest, Nantahala National Forest, Great Smoky Mountains National Park and many other state parks and forests. However, these vast areas can be overwhelming and many of the best spots to visit are not well marked. So an investment in a hiking, biking or wildlife guide is usually well worth it. 
  • Ask about cancellation policies, including bad weather policy.
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