About Angela A
Lives in Louisville, Kentucky
Since Oct 2012
I love to travel. I am not happy unless I am planning a new adventure, returning to a beloved city, or blazing a trail to somewhere I have never been before. My favorite places in the world are London, New Orleans, Disneyland, and Salem, Massachusetts. I also love to write about everything and anything to do with travel. I have penned travel guides for TripAdvisor on Jamaica, Nassau, Charleston, Savannah, Nashville, Punta Cana, Kissimmee, San Juan, Panama City Beach, Louisville, Cincinnati, Key Largo, Biloxi, Tampa, Cleveland, Clearwater, Branson, Pigeon Forge, and Phoenix.
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Built in 1895 for shipping and railroad mogul George Vanderbilt, the Biltmore Estate is the largest private house in the U.S. With 250 rooms, 65 fireplaces, 43 bathrooms, and a private bowling alley, the French-Renaissance-style château is furnished in stunning antiques and features several important works from the Vanderbilts' vast art collection. It sits on 8,000 astonishingly beautiful acres.
The Asheville Art Museum features an impressive collection of 20th and 21st American art, including works by George Inness, Jasper Johns, and Robert Rauschenberg. Featuring many artists associated with the region and modern artists who taught or studied at Black Mountain College, the permanent collection provides a unique look at local culture. There is also an excellent array of handmade objects that were created in the area, from Cherokee artifacts to folk pottery.
Part museum, part arcade, the Asheville Pinball Museum is a quirky attraction that allows guests to not only view a number of beloved pinball machines, but also to play them. The ticket price includes 'free play' on the pinball machines, classic arcade games, and novelty games.
Gems, minerals, fossils, and more are all on display at the Colburn Earth Science Center. In addition to gems from around the world, the museum offers interactive exhibits that focus on North Carolina's mining history, as well as climate change, plate tectonics, and other issues.
Get your girl power on at the aSHEville Museum, which celebrates women and their many contributions to society. With a mission focused on giving women a voice and creating a 'just and equitable world,' the cultural center features an array of art, as well as exhibits centered around issues such as hysteria and sexism in advertising.
Built in 1840, the Smith-McDowell House Museum is Asheville's oldest surviving house and the city's very first mansion. A tour of the house will allow you to view beautiful artifacts and period furnishings.
Appalachian natives have a long history of creating beautiful handmade crafts, and the Southern Highland Craft Guild has a long history of representing their interests and protecting their art. Chartered in 1930 the Guild today represents more than 900 craftspeople in 293 counties of nine southeastern states. Its Folk Art Center showcases both traditional and modern works — from art to furnishings to crafts — by Southern Appalachian artists. It also offers an up-close-and-personal experience with crafts, through daily live demonstrations and discussions.
The Basilica of Saint Lawrence offers itself as a stunning museum of architecture. From the Renaissance exterior to the ornate chapel, this church will amaze anyone with a passing interest in historical architecture.
Located in downtown Asheville, the Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center showcases art from local students, including rotating exhibits, a video archive, and research materials.
The great American novelist Thomas Wolfe grew up in this Victorian home, which he immortalized as 'Dixieland' in his 1929 autobiographical novel, 'Look Homeward, Angel.' After Wolfe entered the University of North Carolina in 1916, his mother expanded the home and ran it as a boarding house, and today it is the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, a tribute to the author that has been preserved nearly intact, featuring original furnishings.