Tours in Charlotte Street

50% Off Bike Rentals from Reedy Rides

Reedy Rides

Downtown

$40 $20

Rent a bike to explore Greenville and its surroundings at your own pace

Up to 53% Off Caving Adventures

River and Earth Adventures

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$75 $35

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Guide and geologist teams lead tours through cavern chambers more than 550 million years old and teach about formations and cave history

Up to 50% Off Distillery-Tour Packages

Six and Twenty Distillery

Powdersville

$20 $11

Craft distillers show off the hybrid still they use to make whiskey from wheat, not corn; each tour comes with a choice of souvenirs

Take a Botanical Hike Through a Southern Appalachian Forest

Botanical Hiking Tour

Clayton

$50 $50

Follow botanist Patricia Kyritsi Howell on a hike through North Georgia mountains, learning about native plants' culinary and medical uses

Up to 56% Off Two-Hour Tastes & Toasts Food Tour

Knoxville Food Tours

Knoxville

$59 $29

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Informed guides escort guests to three downtown eating and drinking establishments for appetizers and specialty drinks

Up to 60% Off Distillery Tour and Tasting

Muddy River Distillery

Belmont

$20 $11

Tours led by head distiller Robbie Delaney introduce visitors to the distillery's award-winning Carolina Rum and Queen Charlotte's Reserve

50% Off a Tour of Historic White Home

Historic Rock Hill

East Town

$12 $6

Visitors tour exhibits and the well-preserved White Home, built in 1839 by one of Rock Hill's founding families

Half Off from Ghost Walk of Davidson

Ghost Walk of Davidson

Davidson

$20 $10

Local history buff spins ghost stories and guide tour-goers along Davidson’s quaint, brick-lined sidewalks

50% Off Walking-Adventure Tour

Crazy Dash Digital Adventures - Charlotte

Charlotte

$40 $20

Sprint through the city on a scavenger-hunt-like adventure

Up to 54% Off Ghost Tour

Charlotte's Local History & Ghost Tours

Fourth Ward

$25 $13

Families explore Charlotte while guided by a member of the local historical society who has also studied paranormal phenomena

55% Off Scavenger-Hunt Adventure Race

The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race

EpiCentre

$55 $25

Teams race to solve clues and strategize to win cash prizes and awards during urban race; music and drink specials at post-race party

50% Off at RagApple Lassie Vineyards

RagApple Lassie Vineyards

Yadkin Valley Appellation

$50 $25

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Discounts on wine, e-mail newsletter, members-only pricing at events, and a complimentary wine tasting of five wines for two

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The guides who founded Better Tours of Asheville draw on experience leading excursions in far-flung locations in Puerto Rico, France, and Italy. Now, they accompany groups past the basilica and other historical buildings in the town, delivering stories developed through constant research and an ability to smell fossils. The guides divulge colorful tidbits of local history during pub crawls through storied taverns with group drink specials and allude to haunting tragedies along ghost tours that occasionally yield eerie photos of orbs, wisps, and buildings an inch from where they normally are.

12 Church Street
Asheville,
NC
US

Electro Bicycle Tours’s Kettler Twin electric bikes assist riders with a motor that provides extra power to match how hard they’re pedaling. Three “assist” settings allow riders to customize the added speed, from a minimal boost to a high setting that helps bikes easily mount Asheville’s hills and then laugh at them. Alternatively, riders can switch the assist off to pedal using their strength alone. Sightseers can rent the bikes to carve their own paths through the city or let someone else do the navigating on scenic tours of Asheville that include a stop at the Asheville Botanical Gardens. Electro Bicycle Tours also teams up with the Asheville Brewing Company to offer Bike and Brew capers about town.

24 College Street
Asheville,
NC
US

The art and city tours depart from the French Broad Food Co-Op and the haunted comedy tour departs from the Thirsty Monk Pub downtown. Children, seniors, and Asheville residents may be eligible for discounted tickets for some tours.

90 Biltmore Ave
Asheville,
NC
US

Ask a census taker and you’ll hear that Asheville is home to more than 85,000 inhabitants. But according to the three “ghost hosts" at Ghost Hunters of Asheville, that number is even higher when the city’s spirits are taken into account. Blending Asheville history with spine-tingling ghost stories, the detectors of all things spectral unveil the apparitions that haunt everything from Riverside Cemetery to the turn-of-the-century inns and dwellings of historic Montford. During their tours, the hosts equip guests with complimentary ghost-hunting tools such as EMF meters and dowsing rods to help attendees make contact with the deceased. Along with its main nightly tours, Ghost Hunters of Asheville also offers “Ghost & Grapes,” which combines wine tastings with hunts for the spirits of squashed grapes.

1 Page Ave
Asheville,
NC
US

Since 1981, third-generation sky engineer R. Addison M. Brown has hoisted panorama-junkies into the heavens by harnessing the power of hot, blustery air. Prospective serenity-seekers meet just before dawn and usually lift off a few miles north of downtown Asheville, weather permitting, in time to watch the sun rise over the Blue Ridge Mountains. Rising up to 2,000 feet above the surrounding forests, passengers might even be treated to an intimate and peaceful view of the city as Captain Addison points out local landmarks, such as the historic Biltmore Estate and the mysterious Mothra-shaped crater. Group size is limited to four riders, or three riders and an overweight scarecrow. After your descent back to Earth, riders will return to R.O. Frank's headquarters in the historic Grove Arcade at the center of the Asheville, in time for breakfast at one of the many downtown eateries within walking distance. Bring a warm hat and coat, and be sure to book as early in advance as possible, especially for next autumn's fall leaf season rides.

1 Page Ave
Asheville,
NC
US

Asheville changed drastically in the half-century following 1880. Railroad workers broke through the Appalachian Mountains' natural barrier and connected the city to the world, forever changing its culture and social zeitgeist. Though decades have passed, Brenda Seright Williams still feels the impact of this period, and the tour guide isn't content to let it fade into history. As it says on her website, she believes "the study of those who came before can inspire us to stretch our own limits."

Her Urban Trail walking tours not only explore the 19th century’s Gilded Age but also tiptoe through four other time periods, including the Frontier Period and the Age of String Cheese. Alternatively, Brenda shifts the spotlight to Asheville's pivotal female figures during the aptly named Herstory tours. However, neither of these excursions are cookie-cutter adventures. To weave her stories, Brenda has conducted more than 100 interviews and spent countless hours researching minute details and the correct pronunciation of the word "pioneer."

125 Charlotte St.
Asheville,
North Carolina
US