North Carolina

Signature City Asheville

Discover Asheville’s unique qualities as you join experts to explore Art Deco and Arts and Crafts architecture, delve into the arts district and learn the story of this American gem.
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You must visit the Biltmore Estates. It is breathtaking and mind blowing. Read more about the Vanderbilts and how the estate was planned. It is fascinating reading.


Wonderful experience! Gail is a fantastic Leader. The food and facilities were very good and the educational component was very informative.


Asheville is a wonderful place to visit. Lots to see and do. Great restaurants.


This is an exceptional program in every way for those interested in native culture and traditions, art and architecture, social history, beautiful and accessible accommodations, and beautiful scenery.


As my first trip, I enjoyed the courtesies, the tours, and meeting so many nice people...


I have been on a number of Road Scholar trips and this was one of my favorites. The week is filled with great excursions including, of course, the Biltmore House, but also Thomas Wolfe's mother's boarding house (who knew?), time for lovely shopping at beautiful arts and crafts venues, and a day on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The local restaurants chosen for group meals, including a lunch on the sunset terrace of the Grove Park Inn, were some of the best restaurants ever included on a Road Scholar tour. Highly recommended.


Asheville is a very interesting and lovely city. The Biltmore castle and estate are fascinating. I strongly recommend this program.


Road Scholar does a very detailed and informative job. I admire their level of organization. Kudos for you guys from Massachusetts. A RI admirer.


Interesting cultural experience! This lively active program acquainted me with Asheville and beyond. So scenic between the art deco influence in Asheville and the awesome wonder of the Blue Ridge Mountains I was constantly seeing something new and enjoying it!


My friend and I had never been to the Carolina’s so after a cruise In New England we went to Ashville. We loved everything we did there. Our tour Guide was John Layton was great. He helped me learn how to use Uber so we could go to the Billy Graham training center. We made many friends that I hope we see again at another Road Scholar trip.


I highly recommend the Signature City: Asheville trip. John was a great leader, who made sure we all gained the most from our experiences. A nice mix of sightseeing, educational presentations, and exposure to the city and a day on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The itinerary was well-organized and well-paced, tying seemingly disparate parts into a full picture of this beautiful area of the U.S. Susan, Sarasota, FL


This is a truly wonderful experience and a glimpse of a storied family during the "gilded age".


Highly recommend Asheville as a signature city program. Hotel and activities are wonderful and instructors are a cut above. Our group leader John Layton is exceptional.


If you are a history buff, the "Signature City Asheville: The Biltmore Estate, the Vanderbilts & the Arts" in Asheville, N.C., is a must for your bucket list. This is a beautiful tour and very well done.


This was my first Road Scholar trip. I decided on this program since I had been a practicing architect and now am an artist. I learned about local architectural influences and several designers I had not formerly been familiar with. Much information on local history and music was also provided by very colorful and talented individuals and the group leader was a wonderful out going person. Hope to take more Road Scholar trips in the future.


Very fun, enjoyable trip to Asheville and surrounding areas.

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