The Ultimate Guide To Asheville
and the Western North Carolina Mountains
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Asheville Historic Districts
As a visitor to Asheville, it will be helpful to know that the downtown district is divided into a number of diverse neighborhoods, each with its own unique history and ambience. One of the very best ways to experience these neighborhoods is to walk the Asheville Urban Trail. This short self-guided walking tour visits all four of the neighborhoods discussed below, with stations and thematic markers along the way. Another way to see the historic districts is to take a tour on one of two replica trolleys. See Asheville Tours for more information.
1. Battery Hill
Neighborhood: This neighborhood is crowned by the magnificent
Basilica of St. Lawrence, D.M., the former Battery Park Hotel and the historic
Grove Arcade. This area contains some of Asheville’s best shopping and dining.
Be sure to take a stroll down quaint Wall Street and visit some of its
interesting and unusual stores. Farther down on Haywood Street is the Asheville
Civic Center and the main library.
In addition to the districts already mentioned, there are some others of special interest to visitors. You will want to be sure and visit Biltmore Village, located just outside the entrance to the Biltmore Estate. There you will find unique and enchanting gift shops, art and craft galleries, and specialty stores.