On this tour you will cover the majority of the city that is known as the “Paris of the South.” As you run through the main downtown streets you will discover a combination of Asheville’s roots as a city, it’s history through sculptures, and it’s many architectural styles including Art Deco, Neoclassical, Spanish Renaissance and many more.
Pack Square is the central point of the city that is easily recognizable from the towering Vance Monument. This monument is a dedication to Zebulon Vance who was a North Carolina governor, U.S. senator, and an influential figure of the Civil War and postbellum times. We will begin our tour here and immediately start our run through time as we discover many key period’s of Asheville’s history from the Guilded Age to the Age of Diversity. Asheville’s Basilica of the Saint Lawrence showcases the Spanish Renaissance style of architecture that has no wooden beams or steel anywhere in the construction. Plus, the rose bushes that border the front side during the warmer seasons are not to be missed.
The 15K tour also has us visiting the Montford Historic District. This mostly residential neighborhood is booming with distinct architectural styles and also includes the Riverside Drive Cemetery that has many important figures to American culture and history buried here.
In addition to the history and main sights, this running tour is also the perfect way to experience Asheville’s vibrant art and culture scene. Small galleries and converted buildings with studios hosting up and coming artists all add to the artsy feel of Asheville and as you run through downtown you will for certain appreciate the unique vibe of history and modern culture.
These are just some examples of the wonderful places you will see on this incredible running tour through the best places to visit in the U.S.A. In 2017 according to Lonely Planet!