Completed in 1895, George Vanderbilt's 250-room French château is a real life wonder. Enjoy a self-guided visit of Biltmore House that unveils a fresh look at how people lived and worked in America’s largest home. Also, explore the acres of beautiful gardens and grounds, designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, during your visit.
A self-guided visit of Biltmore House & Gardens is included in estate admission.
Stable Café: Great burgers, Carolina barbeque, fresh salads, and traditional Southern fare in a comfortable restaurant transformed from 19th-century stables. Open daily for lunch.
Courtyard Market: pizza, hot dogs, snacks, and cold drinks Bake Shop: coffee, cappuccino, pastries, desserts, and bakery sandwiches Ice Cream Parlor: hand-scooped ice cream, milkshakes, sundaes, and drinks Conservatory Café: refreshments on the Conservatory's back patio; open daily weather permitting.
Guests who are BMW enthusiasts may want to take an opportunity to visit the BMW zentrum Plant and Museum in nearby Greer South Carolina. In about an hours drive, you'll see the past, present and future of BMW come together in a one-of-a-kind building. See the cars, the speed, the innovation–all for free in the only BMW museum in North America. The Zentrum is more than just a museum; it's a meeting and events center, a cafe, a gallery and a history lesson–all wrapped into one ultimate experience. Located next to the only BMW manufacturing plant in the U.S., this unique place offers something for everyone.
In addition to the museum, guided tours of the plant are available for $7.00. A discount rate of $3.50 U.S. is available for students and BMWCCA members. (Entrance to the Zentrum is free.)
Tour visitors must be 12 years of age or older.
No high heels (heel and sole more than two inches high).
No "spike" heels (minimum of 1 inch diameter across horizontal plane).
No open toe or open heel shoes are permitted - shoes must be fully enclosed.
If the plant is closed, no plant tours are available. See list to the right.
Plant tours are available by reservation only (see number below).
Plant tours are for a variety of groups, including schools, seniors, corporations, associations, etc.
Tours cannot be booked more than 30 days in advance.
It's a fascinating and extensive walk through the BMW plant so wear comfortable, fully enclosed walking shoes.
Approximate tour length is one hour.
No cameras or camera phones are allowed inside the plant.
Safety Specific tour safety information will be addressed at the beginning of each tour; however, this is a working manufacturing plant and therefore all persons must pay attention to line movement and moving vehicles. Wear your tour headset and have the volume at a sufficient level so that you can hear the tour guide.
Hours & Contact Information: Open Monday - Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For information call 1-888-Tour-BMW begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-888-Tour-BMW end_of_the_skype_highlighting http://www.bmwusfactory.com/zentrum/general-information/zentrum-information/
Driving directions from the office:
Turn left out of our parking lot, and proceed 1.1 miles to Bill's Creek Road.
Turn left and proceed 2 miles to Highway 64/74.. Turn right onto US Hwy. 64/74 A, proceed 2 1/2 miles to Hwy. 9. Turn left onto Hwy. 9 and go 9 miles to intersection of Hwy 108. Go right onto Hwy. 108 East and proceed 6 miles to Interstate 26 Follow I-26 East to Spartanburg,SC. Take exit 18 A, I-85 south, Continue to exit 60. Turn right at the top of the exit. Turn left at the first light. Follow signs to Zentrum Parking. (Approximate travel time: 1 hour)
BMW Manufacturing 1400 Highway 101 S Greer, SC 29651-6731
The Blue Ridge Parkway follows the mountain ridges from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee. The Parkway's 469 toll-free miles combines natural beauty, mountain forests, wildlife, wildflowers and magnificent views. The Parkway was designed especially for leisure travel and enjoyment. There are numerous overlooks and parking areas to view some of America's finest scenic vistas. The Blue Ridge Parkway is located 15 miles north of Hendersonville. For additional information call 1-800-228-7275 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-800-228-7275 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or (828) 298-0398 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (828) 298-0398 end_of_the_skype_highlighting. www.nps.gov/blri
The Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center features an award-winning film - The Blue Ridge Parkway—America's Favorite Journey, exhibits which highlight nature and the cultural heritage of the area, information services, and a gift shop. The "I-Wall," exhibit is a 22-foot interactive map of the Blue Ridge Parkway which provides multi-media information on places to visit on and near the Parkway. Located at Parkway milepost 384, about a mile south of the US 70 intersection (or one mile north of the US 74-A intersection). 195 Hemphill Knob Rd, Asheville, NC (828) 298-5330 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (828) 298-5330 end_of_the_skype_highlighting. www.blueridgeheritage.com
The Folk Art Center is the most popular attraction on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Folk Art Center showcases the finest in traditional and contemporary crafts of the Southern Appalachians. The Folk Art center is home of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, representing 300 Guild members' crafts from Southern Appalachia, it offers changing exhibits and demonstrations. The Folk Art Center is open daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Located on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Mile - post #382. For additional information call (828) 298-7928 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (828) 298-7928 end_of_the_skype_highlighting. www.southernhighlandguild.org
This is the largest performing arts center in South Carolina.
The Peace Center presents top notch entertainment year round,
from individual performances to Broadway productions.
It's better here... by design!
Great performances are even better at The Peace Center. Architecturally and acoustically it is an amazing place to see a show! In fact, many of the world’s top performers look forward to returning again and again, and consider The Peace Center one of their favorite places to play. One artist’s representative recently called it, “a jewel.”
The Peace Center is at the heart of Greenville’s award-winning downtown. So, you can start your experience before you arrive on our campus, and continue well past the final encore, by enjoying the city’s shops, restaurants, and coffee houses, or simply taking a stroll down Main Street or along the Reedy River.
From white glove service to spacious leg room for every seat, The Peace Center was built for comfort—and The Peace Center staff works hard to make sure every performance is special.
The Carl Sandburg Home is located on 264 acres in Western North Carolina. In addition to tours of the Sandburg Home, visitors can enjoy over five miles of trails, stroll through gardens and greet the descendents of Mrs. Sandburg's dairy goat herd. A typical visit lasts 2 hours. Guests should plan for a 1-hour drive to the home from the Resort, or just a short drive from the shopping areas in Hendersonville.
Admission: Free for grounds, trails and barn; no park entrance fee. Guided House Tour Fee: (cash or check only) $5.00 for Adults 16 and older $3.00 for seniors 62 and older Children 15 and under admitted free.
30-minute house tours are offered daily. First tour begins at 9:30am; the last tour begins at 4:30pm.
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is the natural fulfillment of your trip to the North Carolina mountains. Take a deep breath of refreshing mountain air, become invigorated by our hiking trails, and let your cares fade away in the cool mist of Hickory Nut Falls. This is the perfect place to reconnect with nature and spend time with family and friends. Only 20 minutes from Rumbling Bald Resort on Lake Lure, Chimney Rock offers the best of the mountains in one place – spectacular 75-mile views, hiking trails for all ages, a 404-foot waterfall, a variety of special events and much more. Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is proud to be part of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.
*Reduced rates apply beginning April 14, 2011 with the reopening of the Outcroppings trail. Rates are reduced due to capital improvement projects. Reduced rates will remain in effect until the Elevator Modernization and Sky Lounge Gift Shop & Deli Renovation projects are completed. Follow the progress of the capital improvements at www.chimneyrockpark.com/progress/. **Group Rate discount is offered for groups of 20 or more paying guests provided one person purchases all tickets for the group in a single transaction at the Ticket Plaza. Reservations encouraged but not required. Group shuttle bus service is available by reservation only.
Come after 4 and Come Back for More! Planning to visit later in the day? When you purchase your admission after 4pm, hold onto your receipt and it's good for admission the very next day at no additional cost!
Pearson’s Falls is located in the foothills of Western North Carolina off Hwy. 176 between Tryon and Saluda. This wildlife and bird sanctuary is comprised of 268 acres of native forest, granite, spring-fed streams and a moderate 1/4 mile trail to a 90 ft. waterfall. There are over 200 species of rare wildflowers and plants. There are also mosses, lichens, shrubs and trees in this glen, which is classified as a deciduous climate forest.
Pearson's Falls is owned and maintained by The Tryon Garden Club. The Tryon Garden Club is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization. Contributions are appreciated and are tax deductible.
Prepare to feel the presence that will make your senses come alive with excitement - a presence that goes beyond breathtaking views, beyond hair-raising adventures, beyond the intimidating world-class roller coasters -- the presence of Carowinds. From the moment you enter, enchantment begins and the fun never ends.