Take These Amazing Virtual Tours of Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina

We can *almost* smell that fresh mountain air.

With the coronavirus pandemic impacting our ability to travel this spring, we're grateful for the many ways Southern travel experiences have been brought into our living rooms while we hunker down.

Chief among them? The dose of inspiration we've gotten from virtually exploring the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. While we're indeed sad that we can't visit the sweeping grounds and zen gardens firsthand, the staff at the sprawling mansion built for George Washington Vanderbilt II in the 1880s and 1890s is teleporting us there through our screens.

Rose Garden in Bloom, Roses, Italian Garden, Water Irises Italian garden
Biltmore Estate

First off, we're grateful for a chance to keep up-to-date on their gardens erupting into life via the weekly "bloom reports" from Biltmore's Director of Horticulture, Parker Andes. Then, we're loving the chance to see the estate in a slew of incredible movies that did some of their filming on the property. Now, we're grateful that the Biltmore team has created a series of Biltmore Virtual Tour Playlists on their Biltmore YouTube Channel. On the channel, armchair travelers can peruse the home's stunning interiors, along with the majestic gardens, their recent Downton Abbey Exhibition, and more.

You can also check out previous exhibits the Biltmore has hosted, like this 360° tour of their exhibit on fashion from the movie Titanic. A representative for the property shared with Southern Living that the Virtual Tour Playlists will be uploaded frequently in the coming weeks, so be sure to check back here. Ready to tour America's biggest home? Click play and get ready for an adventure.

Once you've landed back at your own (smaller) abode, we're sure you'll feel energized just by watching these beautiful scenes from one of our favorite Southern tourist attractions. How we yearn to breathe that fresh mountain air. Stay safe, everyone.

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