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Explore Asheville has curated a virtual escape with restless, homebound souls in mind. From virtual hikes in the Blue Ridge Mountains to a much-needed moment of Zen with the white noise of a waterfall, Asheville joins destinations and historic attractions across the globe with innovative ways to virtually leave the living room behind and dream of future adventures.

Climb a Mountain 

Through a partnership with Google, Explore Asheville has helped to create interactive, virtual tours of more than 20 iconic area hikes and destinations. From Catawba Falls to the top of Mount Mitchell, you can explore iconic Asheville locations from the comfort of your couch.


Biltmore Estate
Biltmore Estate


Explore Biltmore Virtually in 360 Degrees

Biltmore is a place that can easily take your breath away. From the awe-inspiring details inside the home to the beautifully manicured gardens and trails, you’ll find there’s so much to explore. As you plan your future visit, we’ve developed a way to help you discover Biltmore from afar. Through a partnership with Biltmore and Google Street View, check out these 360-degree looks at iconic locations across Biltmore Estate.


Blue Ridge Parkway
Blue Ridge Parkway


Go “eTrailblazing” on America’s Favorite Scenic Drive 

See this famous 469-mile winding road – which passes right through Asheville – through the eyes of the people who love it and know it best with the interactive guide “Explorers of the Blue Ridge Parkway,” designed to look, move and sound like a real-life journey on the Parkway and offering tales, trails, top hikes and animated vistas of endless mountain ridges.

Find Peace with Online Yoga and Meditation in the Blue Ridge Mountains 

Find your Zen during this stressful time. Miranda Peterson of Asheville yoga-hike company Namaste in Nature has developed a series of free online videos to help you relax. In the videos, Miranda guides you in front of a backdrop of vistas, waterfalls and forest trails in the Blue Ridge Mountains. From a 10-minute sensory meditation to a gentle, immune-boosting yoga asana practice, these videos are designed to “calm and support your immune system.” The videos are easily accessible on YouTube. Asheville Community Yoga, West Asheville Yoga and Pure Barre Asheville are among local studios livestreaming classes so you can get your workout in from home.



Solo (or Group) Self-Care

Take part in just-launched virtual yoga and group-tarot readings – and soon-to-come meditation, dance and cooking classes – personalized from afar by the experts at Asheville Wellness Tours. These online experiences allow you to gather your group (virtually, of course) to foster connection, balance and self-care, even while you’re separated.

Discover Art Through Online Tours 

Thanks to an online treasure trove of images, take a virtual tour of the Asheville Art Museum collection. Through its collection, the museum provides “an overview of significant movements and trends in American art of the 20th and 21st centuries and art of significance to the Southeast.” The Southern Highland Craft Guild provides a similar online experience with a virtual tour of current exhibitions. Or, read up on academic articles, essays, reviews, poetry and other forms of artistic expression in a digital publication curated by the Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center: The Journal of Black Mountain College Studies.

Enjoy Family Fun with Science

During its temporary closing, the Asheville Museum of Science wants to help parents and their kids experience science. You can join their email list for a “Daily Dose of Science” so that the “science never stops.” Content will include videos, activities, worksheets and other science-related material to enjoy at home.


Mile-High Swinging Bridge in fog, at Grandfather Mountain
Mile-High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain


Give Yourself a Nature Minute

One of the Asheville area’s most beloved outdoor attractions, Grandfather Mountain, is hosting a series called “Nature Minutes.” In the videos, park staff will showcase the adorable animals, such as otters, cougars and bears, that call this nature preserve home. You’ll also be introduced to the natural wonders of the mountain. You can catch the series on Grandfather Mountain’s Facebook page.


Symphony musicians
Symphony musicians


Dance to the Beat of Asheville Symphony Sessions

Find comfort in the sounds of Asheville’s Symphony Orchestra. The Asheville Symphony Sessions showcase collaborations between the symphony and Asheville musicians and bands. The music you hear (and watch) is from an album produced by Michael Selverne at Asheville’s Echo Mountain Recording Studios. A number of notable arrangers worked on the project, including Michael Bearden, who works with Lady Gaga and Neil Young and was Michael Jackson’s musical director for the “This Is It” tour. A collaboration between the Asheville Symphony, Asheville-area-based Grammy-winning Steep Canyon Rangers and iconic R&B group Boyz II Men earned international acclaim from the likes of Rolling Stone. Watch a video of the first time the three groups came together on stage to perform the song “Be Still Moses.”

Watch Quarantine “Restreams” Concert Series

IAMAVL, an Asheville company that provides high-quality video and audio streaming for musicians, wants to brighten your spirits with Asheville music. Each day, IAMAVL is “restreaming” favorite Asheville music performances they have captured on video. You can watch the videos on the IAMAVL Facebook page. And, consider making a donation to the performers through the Musician Relief Fund. A similar Asheville music effort, Keep Music Live Project, is offering free online streaming of music performances by Asheville musicians. Keep Music Live is a partnership by Streamside Concerts, Acoustic Journeys Concert Series, Dream Guitars, Asheville Music School, Deb Cornish Audio and Fretboard Journal. Keep Music Live is also on Facebook.

Stream Movies Set in Asheville 

As you browse for something to watch on your favorite streaming service, keep an eye out for these movies that were filmed here in the Asheville area. From “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” to “The Hunger Games” to “Richie Rich” to “The Last of the Mohicans,” you can easily put together a movie playlist that would make any Asheville enthusiast proud.

The above content was provided by Explore Asheville.

(March 2020)

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