Roanoke County, located in the Commonwealth of Virginia, is primarily a rugged, rural mountainous region of outstanding beauty. The County and the City of Roanoke are named in honor of the Roanoke River. Roanoke County and the surrounding counties that also make up the Roanoke Valley are favored travel destination. They offer a breathtaking scenery, a rich historical heritage, artistic Appalachian treasures, and unique mountain music.
The City of Roanoke is also a dynamic urban center located in the Roanoke Valley. Established on the banks of the Roanoke River, Roanoke is the largest municipality in Southwestern Virginia. Known as the “Star City of the South”, Roanoke is cultural, commercial and also the recreational hub of the surrounding mountainous area. Both The City of Roanoke and the neighboring City of Salem, Virginia are independent areas, acting as separate entities, adjacent to, but politically detached, from Roanoke County.
Outdoor enthusiasts have virtually unlimited scenic locations to fish, hike, mountain bike, camp, canoe, kayak, swim and also explore. When driving the rural back roads, roadside stands and country stores offer mountain crafts. These include baskets, pottery, woodcarvings, musical instruments, locally grown produce and also more. Therefore, Roanoke County Virginia is the perfect destination for a quiet honeymoon or a rambunctious gathering of friends and family.
From Falling Water Cascades Trail National Recreation Trail to Round Meadow Creek Loop Trail, Roanoke County offers a diverse network of trails to provide trekkers of all levels of experience and physical fitness to enjoy access to the spectacular mountain environment. From leisurely, easy walks to strenuous, steep jaunts, the plethora of well-maintained trails offer an abundance of birding and wildlife viewing opportunities, breathtaking scenery and also fresh mountain air.
Museums And Art Galleries
Fine art, antiques and Appalachian crafts are also displayed at a diverse collection of fascinating museums and galleries throughout the Roanoke Valley. Therefore when planning your holiday, be sure to include time to visit the stunning new Taubman Museum of Art in downtown Roanoke. The Taubman Museum also holds a treasure of 19th and 20th century contemporary art. While in Roanoke, a visit to the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum on the grounds of Hollins University is a worthwhile stop. Therefore, be sure to schedule a visit to the History Museum of Western Virginia, the O. Winston Link Museum and the many other museums and galleries in Fincastle and also Salem. The Winston Link Museum houses the world’s premier collection of black and white railroad photography.
Festivals And Celebrations
More than 90 different nationalities make their home in the Roanoke Valley. Known also as the cultural heart of the Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, the Roanoke Valley host various ethnic festivals and celebrations of the unique cultural diversity of the region. Visitors can share European culture at the Greek Festival, honor African American culture at the Juneteenth Celebration and the Henry Street Festival or celebrate Middle Eastern culture at The Lebanese Festival. The Roanoke Valley Visitor Information is located at Center, 101 Shenandoah Ave, NE Roanoke, Virginia, 24016. It is also pleased to provide complete information about things to do and see in the Roanoke Valley. Find out information on accommodations, shopping, attractions, outdoor recreation and also more. Trip planning assistance is available by calling (540) 342-6025 or (800) 635-5535,
Discovered by exploring farm boys in 1920, Dixie Caverns were also opened to the public in 1923. The only caverns in Southwest Virginia, the intriguing geological formations attract inquisitive visitors with a 45-minute guided walking tour. It also has pottery shop, a 44 dealer antique mall and a scenic, pet friendly campground with full services. The caverns are open every day of the year with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. For hours and driving directions, contact Dixie Caverns, 5753 West Main Street, Salem, Virginia, 24153 or call (504) 380-2085.