Visitors to downtown Asheville, North Carolina, can tour the Asheville Museum, the boyhood home of novelist Thomas Wolfe, the historic Basilica of St. Lawrence, the Kress Emporium or the Mast General Store. Downtown Asheville also offers guided tours, shopping, more than 60 restaurants, an outdoor adventure center and an urban walking trail, as of 2015.
Pack Square Park, built in 1797, is downtown Asheville's historic public square. It frequently hosts festivals, such as Art in the Park and Shindig on the Green. The park spans more than 6 acres and features a stage for performing arts, a water fountain and original artworks.
Downtown Asheville is known for its numerous craft beer breweries, many of which offer tasting rooms, brewery tours, and live music. Professional theater performances are offered by the NC Stage Company in an intimate 127-seat theater. The Woolworth Walk features an old-fashioned soda fountain and houses over 160 artists in the former department store building.
Shopping, dining and art galleries are all housed within the historic Grove Arcade on Battery Hill in downtown Asheville. First opened in 1929, this elegant renovated complex offers living spaces above the shops and offices, and is the largest commercial building in the area.