UPDATE: Virginia's Blue Ridge is Now Open in Phase Three

Virginia's Blue Ridge is now open in the Phase Three stage of the Commonwealth's Forward Virginia plan. Learn more about the program and what it means for various types of businesses & experiences in the region with our Phase Three Guidelines page. Phase Three >


Roanoke History Itinerary

History Itinerary for Virginia's Blue Ridge

As one of the oldest states in the Union, Virginia has a wealth of history and heritage, and the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge is proud to be part of that history.

The region boasts a unique railroad heritage and the culture of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains has been shaped by the character and traditions of multiple generations.

A fantastic collection of museums and historical sites provides visitors the wonderful opportunity to experience the history and heritage of our area.

The following three-day guide offers a multitude of ideas on how to enjoy a trip built around the history of Virginia's Blue Ridge.

Day One

The following activities are all located within close proximity to Interstate 81, which travels north/south through Virginia's Blue Ridge.

Day Two

Day Three

  • Explore the rich railroad history of the Roanoke Valley by visiting many spots in Downtown Roanoke.

  • Walk through The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, constructed in 1882 by the Norfolk & Western Railroad Company and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • Tour the O. Winston Link Museum and learn about the life and work of the man who gave us so many beautiful black & white railroad photographs.

  • Learn about the defining moments for the transportation industry in the state by visiting the Virginia Museum of Transportation.

  • Sample various products and meet the special people who make up the Historic Roanoke City Market - which began in 1882 and has been recognized as a "Great American Public Place."

For more fun activities, visit our page about History & Heritage in Virginia's Blue Ridge.

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