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Sample Itineraries for the Blue Ridge Mountains

Hub & Spoke Tours

Blue Ridge Mountains Tour

Student Adventure Tour

African American Heritage Tour

Roanoke Valley Day Trip

Regional Culinary Tour


The Blue Ridge Mountains Tour (3 days / 2 nights)

Group Tour - Transportation MuseumDay One: Arrive at the Roanoke Valley Visitor Information Center and receive a personal welcome and sightseeing tour led by a local step-on guide. Your first stop will be the Roanoke Star and Overlook where you'll see the Valley's famed neon star and take in a stunning view of the region. Next is shopping and browsing at the Historic Farmers' Market where there are lots of unique shops, galleries and restaurants. A tour of the #1 Fire Station follows. The station was built in 1907 and is modeled after Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Then tour the Virginia Museum of Transportation which houses nearly 60 pieces of rolling stock including the Class J-611 and 1218 steam engines. Top off your first day with dinner and a private tour of the O. Winston Link Museum or a live evening performance.

Day Two: A short 40-minute ride takes you to the National D-Day Memorial, a moving tribute to allied forces who landed in France in 1944. Then enjoy a relaxing cruise aboard the Virginia Dare on scenic Smith Mountain Lake. Then learn about the life of the famous African-American educator at the Booker T. Washington Monument.

Day Three: Relax and enjoy the scenery on the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway and enjoy stops at Mabry Mill, one of the most photographed places on the Parkway followed by lunch and wine tasting at Chateau Morrisette Winery.


Salem Red SoxStudent Adventure Tour (2 days / 1 night)

Day One: Arrive early to take in the region's history at the History Museum of Western Virginia. Include the new Taubman Museum of Art for a tour of the galleries and Art Venture, a creative, interactive art center for students. Head east to the recently re-opened Market Building filled with eateries and shops. Next visit the nationally accredited Mill Mountain Zoo exhibiting more than 50 species of animals. Choose from a variety of educational programs. Check-in at your hotel and dress comfortably to watch a Salem Red Sox Baseball game from box seats while eating game day hot dogs. Overnight at a group friendly hotel.

 Day Two: Choose from a visit to Dixie Caverns, or the National D-Day Memorial and Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.


African-American Heritage Tour (2 days / 1 night)

Booker T. Washington ActorsDay One: Begin your tour at the Visitor Center for a welcome and restroom break. Your first stop will be the Virginia Museum of Transportation where your group will learn about the role that African-Americans played with the growth of the railroad. Grab a box lunch at the Roanoker Restaurant on your way to tour the Booker T. Washington National Monument for a glimpse of the birthplace of the well-known black educator. Finish the day with a dinner cruise aboard the Virginia Dare on scenic Smith Mountain Lake. Afterward, check into your Roanoke Valley group friendly hotel.

Day Two: Start your day with a step-on guided tour of the Valley and end up with a special tour of The Harrison Museum of African American Culture and a stop at the new Martin Luther King Jr. Statue dedicated in 2008. Finally, enjoy lunch downtown in the Historic Farmers' Market area.


Group from StarRoanoke Valley Day Trip

Arrive at the Roanoke Valley Visitor Information Center and receive a personal welcome and sightseeing tour led by a local step-on guide. Your first stop will be the Roanoke Star and Overlook where you'll see the Valley's famed neon star and take in a stunning view of the region. Next is shopping and browsing at the Historic Farmers' Market where there are lots of unique shops, galleries and restaurants for lunch on your own (other options include a lunch at the historic Hotel Roanoke or picnic at the Virginia Museum of Transportation. In the afternoon, a focus on our rail heritage would allow the group to explore the Virginia Museum of Transportation which houses nearly 60 pieces of rolling stock including the Class J-611 and 1218 steam engines. Conclude this tour at the O. Winston Link Museum to experience the photography of O. Winston Link, who captured the last days of the steam locomotive and the culture that surrounded it in 1950s Appalachia. View the Roanoke Valley Star Cam.


Regional Culinary Tour 

Food - The Hotel Roanoke Spoon BreadBuild your itinerary by making the most of your visit at all the best southern cuisine stops. Those stops include:

  • Breakfast at The Roanoke Restaurant - noted for its homemade biscuits, sausage gravy, and fried chicken.
  • Lunch at the The Regency Room at The Hotel Roanoke — signature dishes include the peanut soup and spoon bread
  • Another option is Chateau Morrisette Winery & Restaurant, where you can have a wine tasting and lunch along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • Stop at chocolatepaper for a sweet treat or afternoon snack.
  • Dinner at the Link Museum - catered by Blue Ridge Catering.
  • Eateries of choice on your own in Downtown Roanoke with over 20 choices, including international dishes.
  • Late night dining at Texas Tavern — Opened in 1930 and is well-known for it's chili (ask for a bowl with — which includes onions).

The Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau
101 Shenandoah Avenue NE | Roanoke, VA 24016
540-342-6025
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