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Brevard Music Center - Nestled in the foothills of North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, this premier summer music festival and comprehensive music training program has set the highest standards in performance and education for more than six decades.

Flat Rock Playhouse - Produces top quality entertainment for the entire family. The season runs from May through December annually and includes Broadway musicals, comedies, drama, and theatre for young people.

Scottish Tartans Museum - The Museum is the only American extension of the Scottish Tartans Society in Pitlochry, Scotland. The Franklin Museum not only displays Scottish Tartans, but covers various aspects of the Scottish experience, culture, history, dress, and military.

Mountain Heritage Center - Celebrates the natural and cultural heritage of the southern Appalachian region. Through exhibitions, publications, educational programs, and demonstrations, the Center promotes the rich traditions of the mountains.

Wheels Through Time Museum - A consummate collection of over 250 rare antique American Motorcycles and Automobiles. Equally as astounding is the memorabilia collection that unites the 'art of the motorcycle' with the generation of Americans that enjoyed a lifestyle peculiar to the 'American Mainstream.'

Emerald Village - If you like gem'll LOVE Emerald Village! The indoor portion of the tour features uses of the minerals & gems found in these mines. A collection of mining lamps, dynamite plungers and other mining memorabilia are on display. The village also features the Mining Museum and offers underground mine tours.

Linville Caverns - Located at the base of Humpback Mountain in the beautiful Linville Valley lies a natural wonder, Linville Caverns. After remaining a mysterious secret for centuries, the caverns have been opened for safe and convenient public touring. These natural limestone caverns feature guided tours showing spectacular stalactite and stalagmite formations.

Chimney Rock State Park- A scenic attraction located 25 miles southeast of Asheville. The parks offers spectacular 75-mile views, numerous hiking trails, a 404-foot waterfall, Nature Center, picnicking and more.

Gem Mountain Gemstone Mine - Shares the rich history and tradition of mining in Mitchell County. Visitors can experience the wonder and excitement of prospecting for gemstones in a very pleasant and comfortable atmosphere.

FENCE - Foothills Equestrian Nature Center - A nature education and recreation center nestled in the beautiful foothills of Tryon. The center offers 5 miles of hiking and riding trails, an equestrian center , a variety of family-oriented nature education programs, outdoor concerts and more.

Asheville Community Theatre - Asheville's premier theater has offered professional-quality productions since 1946. The theatre features comedies, musicals and dramas.

Historic Johnson Farm - The farm features an 1870's brick house, a 1920's boarding house, a barn-loft museum, 10 historic buildings, two nature trails, and 15 acres of fields, forests, and streams.

Pack Place Education, Arts & Science Center - A unique cultural centerpiece in downtown Asheville housing five of Western North Carolina's premier attractions in one complex. The Asheville Art Museum, Colburn Gem & Mineral Museum, Diana Wortham Theatre, The Health Adventure, and Y.M.I. Cultural Center.

Transylvania Heritage Museum - Preserves the history of this Appalachian mountain country and introduces that heritage to those who live, visit and/or relocate there through high-quality and diverse exhibits as well as interesting programs and events.

Asheville Art Museum - As the single visual arts facility serving Western North Carolina, the Asheville Art Museum features special exhibitions and a unique and important permanent collection of 20th and 21st century American Art.

Beech Mountain - Eastern America's highest town at 5,506ft above sea level. Located in the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina, the resort offers an abundance of outdoor activities such as hiking, golf, tennis and mountain biking. Beech is also the home of Ski Beech, the South's highest ski resort, where you can ski, snowboard, tube and ice-skate.

Gold City Gem Mine - A day at Gold City is like stepping back in time. Visitors spend the day mining for such precious gems as Sapphire, Ruby, Emerald, Amethyst, Topaz, Citrine, Tourmaline and much more.

Tweetsie Railroad - Since 1957, thousands of visitors to Tweetsie Railroad have enjoyed a "blast from the past" as they visit a western town, hop aboard an historic steam locomotive for a 3 mile trip around the mountain, pan for gold, enjoy toe-tapping music and dancing, visit the animals in the petting zoo and take in the beautiful mountain scenery.

Western North Carolina Nature Center - A living museum exhibiting and interpreting the plant and animal wildlife of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad - With the romance and mystique of an era gone by, guests on board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will enjoy year-round scenic train journeys across fertile valleys, through tunnels and across river gorges in a spectacular region of eastern America called the Great Smoky Mountains.

North Carolina Arboretum - The 426-acre site is nestled in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the United States. Mountain peaks bound the property's visual perimeters and 1.8 miles of the Bent Creek stream run through the center of the Arboretum.