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Self guided with audio option

Easy walking tour. You can read the info online or listen to short clips. Start anywhere on the map... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Chicago, Illinois
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Great way to find the public art and learn some history of the city

Asheville has a lot of public art downtown as well as a number of historic buildings. Pick up a map... read more

Reviewed November 10, 2018
Austin, Texas
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Learn about Asheville's architecture and historic past on this unique 1.7-mile walking tour, which includes delightful sculptures along the way, including Thomas Wolfe's size 13 bronzed shoes. Tour leaders or audiotapes are available to guide you.
Pack Place, Asheville, NC 28801
Downtown Asheville
+1 828-259-5498
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Not that great of an experience. We could not even locate some of the points of interest. Still interesting to walk the streets

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank sanjeevrsharma
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Easy walking tour. You can read the info online or listen to short clips. Start anywhere on the map and take as long as you want, making unscheduled stops to shop or eat/drink along the way. A great way to get your bearings when first...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank katiesummers
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I wasn't really sure what to make of this Urban Trail. We ended up doing about half of it, before realizing that while it was nice that Asheville has gone to the trouble to mark out its history in bronze plaques and sculptures around downtown,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank julie248
Reviewed November 20, 2018

Headed out today excited to do this walk and found the map inaccurate and many the "sites" to be fairly unspiring.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank AussieOs-57
Reviewed November 20, 2018

We went online and downloaded a scavenger hunt for our 10 and 7 year old kids and they absolutely loved it. And frankly, we did too. It gave us some history and allowed us to view things that we may have missed all together. Allow...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank GracieRivera39
Reviewed November 13, 2018

This trail is very informative of the history of Asheville and gets into art information. It is a fun way to explore downtown.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Sharon M
Reviewed November 10, 2018

Asheville has a lot of public art downtown as well as a number of historic buildings. Pick up a map at the visitor's center, 36 Montfort Avenue, or download the interactive map and audio tour. There is also a map called "Architectural Trail" if you...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank capitollover
Reviewed November 7, 2018

I learned about the Urban Trail on TA after a couple of days seeing downtown, the brewery district, The River Arts area and the Candlelight tour at the Biltmore. This tour takes you off the beaten path (and slightly away from the crowds) and gives...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Lisa F
Reviewed November 3, 2018 via mobile

I absolutely loved this! It was a really cool way to see the downtown area and learn some interesting facts about the history of the city.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank erikac61483
Reviewed November 2, 2018

We only had a day and a half to spend in Asheville and the weather was beautiful so based on other reviews I found on TA I thought why not? Happy to agree with other posters that this was a really nice way to learn...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Marti v
October 17, 2018|
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Response from Susan H | Reviewed this property |
You can download a copy at the website romanticasheville and search urban trail. Here is info on visitor center locations at the website romanticasheville com and search visitor center. Sorry for the odd construction... More
Travel Forum Posts
Day trip - Gray Line Trolley tour or walk the Urban Trail? (1 Replies)
We are going tomorrow with our 16yo son with special needs. He can walk well. We are interested in history, architecture and scenery. Not so much art galleries or shopping. I wasn't sure if the trolley stops were really necessary for our interests, and it is expensive. I also want to fit in the NC Arboretum and Folk Art Center with Tupelo Honey Cafe for dinner before we head home. Which tour is best for our time frame? Will parking be a problem for Urban Trail? The price is right, so I...More
June 06, 2014|
San Diego
Seeing Asheville (2 Replies)
We will be visiting in Asheville late in October. In order to get a feel for the town is the Gray Line trolley tour better than the Asheville Historic trolley tour or would it be better to walk the Urban trail.
August 05, 2009|
Response fromPurpleladyAsheville|
Maybe the LaZoom tour would give you a better insight of our wacky "keep Asheville wierd" inspired town? Check it out. I dare you! :)
Wine Tour (2 Replies)
Looking at several of the wine tour company's I believe I have narrowed it to Lovers tour or SB Classic Tour. Any recommendations on one over the other? We will just be passing thru SB for a day. Can't decide to do the Urban Trail or a guided. Cost wise they could be about the same when you figure what tastings may cost. Appreciate any help.
September 27, 2018|
Response fromPinotMe|
hi judie210, it just depends really on what you want to do. pretty much all wine tour companies will be taking you to wine country about an hour north of Santa Barbara where you will be visiting actual wineries and/or winery tasting rooms whereas the Urban Trail is within Santa Barbara proper and predominately tasting rooms only with a couple exceptions such as Jaffurs, Carr, Whitcraft, Potek, etc... If you want to be on cruise control and see the actual place where the grapes are grown...More