Bryson City NC & Cherokee Attractions

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Asheville Art Museum 828-253-3227
Collection and exhibitions of 20th-century American art. 

Asheville Civic Center 828-259-5736 
Major entertainment facility for Western North Carolina at 87 Haywood Center near the visitor information center, Asheville 

Asheville Tourists Baseball  828-258-0428 
Single-A, Minor League team of the colorado Rockies. McCormick Field off Biltmore Avenue 

Asheville Urban Trail 828-259-5855
1.7 mile loop of downtown.  Tells the story of Asheville through art.

Biltmore Estate 800-543-2961 
This 8,000-acre estate features America's largest residence, Biltmore House, a 250 room French Renaissance chateau built in 1895 by George Vanderbilt.  A visit also includes gardens, winery and three restaurants.  Located on US 25 three blocks north of exit 50 on I-40. 

Biltmore Village 
Adjacent tot he Biltmore Estate entrance.  Turn back the pages of history as you walk through historic Biltmore Village - a restored turn-of -the-century community of fine shops, restaurants and galleries. 

Black Mountain/Swannanoa Valley 800-669-2301 
"The Front Porch of Western North Carolina" located 15 miles east of Asheville.  Black Mountain is a charming town with antique and handmade crafts, furniture stores and factory outlets, restaurants, bed & breakfasts and inns. 

Blue Ridge Parkway  828-298-0398 
This scenic Parkway winds 469 miles along the highest ridges from the Shenandoah national park to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The Parkway intersects Asheville at US 25, 70 and 74, and NC 191, offering spectacular views heading north or south from Asheville. 

Cherokee Indian Reservation 800-438-1601 
Located at the North Carolina entrance to both the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Cherokee history, culture and art is presented at several museums and attractions on the 56,000- acre reservation. 

Cradle of Forestry  828-877-3130 
On US 276, 4 miles south of milepost 412 on Blue Ridge Parkway. Visitor Information Center, exhibits, interpretive film, guided tours, restored historic buildings, forestry exhibits, restored stream locomotive and gift shops. 

Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain theme park featuring music, crafts, attractions and rides.   Located in the Great Smoky Mountains of Pigeon Forge Tennessee.

Downtown Asheville Historic District 
828-255-1093 -guided walking tours 
828-251-9973- special events 
828-259-5800 - festivals 
An outstanding collection of early 20th Century architecture including structures of national significance, 100 retail shops and 40 diverse restaurants. 

Ghost Town (closed until further notice)
A large recreational facility for the whole family with rides and mile high entertainment. 
Located on US 19 between Lake Junaluska and Cherokee 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park 423-436-1200 
Extends about 70 miles along the North Carolina-Tenessee border and contains over one-half million acres of protected forest.  The most popular national park in the country. 

Great Smoky Mountains Railway  828-586-8811 or 800-872-4681 
Departs from Bryson City, Dillsboro, Andrews.  Dinner train excursions offered.  Featuring Thomas the tank engine f
on selected dates

Harrah's Cherokee Casino 1-800-HARRAHS 
One of the newest, most exciting attractions in Western North Carolina.  Harrah's features games like Double Diamond, Wild Cherry, Video Poker, Video Blackjock and more.  There are also live performances in the 1,500-seat Pavilion.  Enjoy a meal at one of the three restraunts.  Planet for Kids is available as a Daycare center or an arcade for children. 

Haywood Arts Repertory Theater, Waynesville, NC
828-456-6322 or Fax:  828-456-6501
The regions most active theater company, serving far western North Carolina with a year round schedule of plays and musicals.

Joyce Kilmer National Forest

Lake Fontana & Fontana Village
One of the largest lakes and water recreation areas in Western North Carolina

Mountain Farm Museum 828-497-1900 
National Park Service collection of turn-of-the-century farm buildings.  On US 441 North between Cherokee & entrance to Smoky Mountain National Park.

Nantahala Outdoor Center
Rafting, Kayaking, Hiking, & Mountain Biking in the Nantahala Gorge.  Bring your own equipment or rent from NOC.

NC Arboretum 828-665-2492 
Nestled in what has been described as "the most beautiful natural setting of any American public garden," The North carolina Arboretum displays gardens and plants representative of the Southern Appalachian region.  A new facility, the Arboretum offers educational programs, trail walks, over 3,000 types of plants in landscaped settings, and other features of interest.  Of particular interest are the new Spring, Stream and Quilt gardens.  Take the NC 191 exit off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

North Carolina Homespun Museum 828-253-7651
This museum preserves, in photos and artifacts, the history of Biltmore Industries and the people involved.  Allow one hour for visit. 

Oconaluftee Indian Village in Cherokee
Recreates a Cherokee community hundreds of years old.

Pack Place 828-257-4500 
The complex includes the Asheville Art Museum, Colburn Gem and Mineral Museum, The Health Adventure, YMI Cultural Center and the Diana Wortham Theater.  2 Pack Square. 

Pioneer Farmstead 828-497-1900
National Park Service collection of turn-of-the-century farm buildings at entrance to Smoky Mountain National Park

Pisgah National Forest 828-257-4200 
Covers over 500,000 acres of forest land and spreads over 12 Western North Carolina counties.  waterfalls, views, trails, swimming holes, fishing, camping and picnic areas are all found here.  Key access from Asheville on Blue Ridge Parkway.  US 25/70 North and US 280 West. 

Santa's Land Fun Park and Zoo 800-438-1601
Cherokee - Fun park featuring paddle boats, zoo, ferris wheel, train rides, a roller coaster and Santa Clause.

Shades of the Past Auto Museum 828-686-1959
Experience the newest, largest and most incredible collection of antique, classic, muscle and race cars in EAstern United States comprising an inventory in excess of $3 million.

Shopping in:
Downtown Bryson City
Downtown Waynesville
Maggie Valley
Downtown Franklin
Downtown Sylva

The Swannanoa Valley Museum
The museum collection sketches the history of the valley from the Stone Age to the present. 

Thomas Wolf Memorial 
Famous novelist's boyhood home and setting for "Look Homeward, Angel". Located downtown at 52 North Market Street, Asheville. 

'Unto These Hills' 828-497-2111 or 800-438-1601
Outdoor drama depicting the history of the Cherokee indians. 

The Road to Nowhere
A Government road project started when Fontana lake flooded the valley.  Road goes to top of mountain and through a 1/2 mile tunnel and stops.  Great area for hiking, mountain biking & horseback riding.

Western North Carolina Air Museum
The first air museum in the state of North Carolina, which is the "First In Flight" state.  Features award winning restored and replica antique and vintage airplanes such as the 1942 Stearman and a 1942 Fairchild.  Hosts both a spring and fall air fair and show.  Hours are Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm.  Free.  Located at the Hendersonville Airport, 1340 Gilbert Street. 

WNC Agricultural Center 828-687-1414 
Year-round indoor horse and livestock arena seating 3,000 with scheduled shows and other events.  Across from Asheville Airport off I-26. 

WNC Nature Center
A "Living Museum" of animals and plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountain.  Exhibits both wild and domestic animals.  Located on Gashes creek Road just off Swannanoa River Road and adjacent to Recreation Park 

Western Carolina University's Mountain Heritage Center 828-227-7129
Exhibits, publications, educational programs and demonstrations of the natural and cultural heritage of  the southern Appalachian region. At the entrance to Western Carolina University.

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