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NCUR 30 Excursions





Asheville merits its reputation as the #1 small city in America to visit. Where else but in Asheville can you immerse yourself in the arts and architecture, gilded age glamour, and gourmet dining in acclaimed restaurants or food trucks? With a ten-minute drive, you’re headed beyond the city limits to the serenity of the surrounding mountains. Recognizing that you’re going to enjoy creating your own excursion itinerary, we offer a guided trip to the area’s most acclaimed attraction and a number of suggestions for self-guided excursions around town, all designed to help you navigate the region without breaking your budget.




Monument to Asheville’s Gilded Age

Saturday, April 9, 2 to 6:30 p.m.

Registration is now closed.



Registrants should meet in Sherrill Center - SHE - entrance lobby no later than 1:45 pm on Saturday after lunch. The shuttle will return participants to their hotels.


Take in the view that captivated a Vanderbilt and travel back in time to experience the Biltmore Estate. The 250-room French Renaissance chateau is a true architectural marvel, the largest undertaking in residential architecture, surrounded by renowned gardens. Featured on this tour is the current costume exhibition highlighting love stories from iconic films. Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film showcases wedding dresses and attire from major motion pictures spanning centuries of design. More than 40 award-winning costumes from 19 classic films will be displayed throughout the grand rooms of Biltmore House.


*Cost includes entrance fees and transportation. Food and beverages not included.



Lookout Observatory Stargaze

​Saturday, April 9, 8:30 p.m.

Registration is now closed.



Follow the link here for directions on parking and participating in the Saturday Star Party! This link will also provide weather updates in case of change or cancellation.


Join a stargazing party. Lookout Observatory, on the grounds of UNC Asheville, will open its doors and slide off its roof the evening of Saturday, April 9, beginning at 8:30 p.m. for a night of stargazing. Prominent in the sky that evening will be the Moon, Jupiter, the Orion Nebula, and various binary stars and star clusters. UNC Asheville faculty and students and Astronomy Club of Asheville members will guide visitors on a tour of the universe using the observatory's two 14-inch telescopes.

Admission is free. Transportation to and from campus is not included.


Two of our excellent and expert conference sponsors will provide information on a wide range of other distinctive Asheville and surrounding area activities and help with planning

your own unique excursion. Stop by these tables in the Sherrill Center (SHE):


Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau




Self-Guided Tours


The following area nonprofit art centers, museums, and landmarks welcome NCUR participants and invite you to visit on Saturday afternoon for a special tour:


The Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center

56 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC 28801


The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design

67 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC 28801


The Thomas Wolfe Memorial

52 North Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801


The Moog Factory

160 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC  28801


The Asheville Art Museum

2 South Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801


The Southern Highland Craft Guild

Folk Art Center

Milepost 382 Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville, NC  28805


Asheville Bookworks

428 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC 28806