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Awards & Accolades for Virginia's Blue Ridge

Roanoke Awards & AccoladesIt should come as no surprise that the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge is a region that has received numerous awards and accolades over the past few years.

With our outstanding quality of life, stunning natural beauty and wide variety of activities, the region constantly finds itself on 'Top 10' lists and other rankings from numerous publications and organizations.

People in Virginia's Blue Ridge take a tremendous amount of pride in where they live and they're excited to share our culture and character with visitors.

Many of these awards and titles are thanks to the hard work and passionate commitment of locals who do so much to make the Roanoke Valley a wonderful place to live, work, play and visit.

It gives Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge great pride to be able to partner with the community and help celebrate this ever-growing list of awards, accolades and recognitions.

People around the world are learning what makes Virginia's Blue Ridge the perfect place to experience a Blue Ridge Day, and we hope you'll experience it for yourself.

The following is a list of awards and accolades for the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge:

  • "Top Adventure Town" by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine | 2016

  • One of the "South's Best Places to Retire" by Southern Living | 2016

  • Roanoke named one of the "10 Best St. Patrick's Day Cities in the United States" by Bustle | 2016

  • Town of Floyd named one of the "South's Best Small Towns" by Southern Living | 2016

  • Best Place for Outdoor Singles to Live - Best of the Blue Ridge by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine | 2016

  • Best Place to Raise an Outdoor Family - Best of the Blue Ridge by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine | 2016

  • Blue Ridge Marathon - Toughest Race & Running Event - Best of the Blue Ridge by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine | 2016

  • Go Fest - Blue Ridge Festival - Best of the Blue Ridge by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine | 2016

  • Wild Gear Chase - Adventure Race - Best of the Blue Ridge by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine | 2016

  • Carvins Cove - Best Biking Trail - Best of the Blue Ridge by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine | 2016

  • "Top Mid-Sized Town" by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine | 2015

  • Salem named one of the "20 Best Places in Virginia to Start a Business" by NerdWallet | 2015

  • Smith Mountain Lake named the "Best Lake in Virginia" by MSN Travel | 2015

  • Town of Floyd voted by USA Today Travel 10Best as one of the "Best Southern Small Towns" | 2015

  • "10 Great Southern Downtowns" by Southern Business & Development | 2015

  • Roanoke - "North America's Best Paddling Towns" by Canoe & Kayak Magazine | 2015

  • Named one of "The 10 Best U.S. Destinations for a Weekend Mountain Bike Getaway" by Singletracks | 2015

  • Roanoke - "Best Retirement Town" - Platinum by Best of the Blue Ridge Parkway Readers Poll | 2015

  • Downtown Roanoke - "Best Local Farmers Market" - Platinum by The Roanoker 2015 Best of Readers Poll | 2015

  • Mill Mountain Star - "Best Place to Take a Selfie" - Platinum by The Roanoker 2015 Best of Readers Poll | 2015

  • Dickens of a Christmas - "Best Holiday Festival" - Platinum by The Roanoker 2015 Best of Readers Poll | 2015

  • Strawberry Festival - "Favorite Annual Festival" - Platinum by The Roanoker 2015 Best of Readers Poll | 2015

  • Best Biking Trail - The Gauntlet at Carvins Cove - Best of the Blue Ridge by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine | 2015

  • Best Blue Ridge Parkway Spot - Peaks of Otter - Best of the Blue Ridge by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine | 2015

  • Best Marathon - Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon - Best of the Blue Ridge by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine | 2015

  • Runner Up as Best Place for Outdoor Singles - Best of the Blue Ridge by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine | 2015

  • Runner Up as Best Urban Park - Mill Mountain Park - Best of the Blue Ridge by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine | 2015

  • Top 10 Mid-Sized American Cities to Visit - World Property Journal | 2015

  • Top 10 Road Trips Around the World (Blue Ridge Parkway) - World Property Channel | 2014

  • Blue Ridge Parkway named one of the best scenic drives in the South - USA Today Travel | August 2014

  • Blue Ridge Parkway named one of America's Best Road Trips - Travel & Leisure | April 2014

  • Top 10 Valentine's Getaways - World Property Channel | 2014

  • Center for Digital Government recognized Roanoke as a "Top Digital City" | 2000-2016

  • The Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau was selected as one of the "Best Meeting Sites in the South" in the ConventionSouth Magazine Readers' Choice Awards | 2014

  • Ten Best American Vacation Towns to Live in Year-Round - Money Crashers | August 2014

  • ConventionSouth Magazine selected Roanoke as one of the Top 5 in its 2014 list of "The South's Cool Spots for Summer Meetings"

  • The Roanoke Valley was ranked as one of the 10 best bike-friendly cities in the United States by USA Today Travel | July 2014

  • Named one of America's Best Small Cities on the Rise by Smarter Travel | July 2014

  • Roanoke - "Best Big City" - Gold by Best of Blue Ridge Country Readers Poll | 2013

  • Roanoke - "Best Revitalized Downtown" - Gold by Best of Blue Ridge Country Readers Poll | 2013

  • Best Trail Town - Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine | 2013

  • Roanoke was voted the "2013 Southern Hospitality City" in Virginia.

  • Next Great Neighborhood: Downtown Roanoke - Southern Living | November 2013

  • Featured in "5 awesome and affordable drives" from TODAY Travel | November 2013

  • Roanoke recognized as a "Bicycle Friendly Community" - League of American Bicyclists | 2012-2016

  • Best Mountain Town - Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine | 2012

  • Business Insider named Roanoke County as one of the 20 American Cities and Counties That Could be the Next Silicon Valley | 2011

  • The Forbes list of "America's Best Colleges" ranked Hollins University the 95th best college in the United States | 2009

  • Roanoke County ranked No. 9 on Money Magazine's "10 Best Places for Jobs" | 2009

  • Expansion Management named Roanoke of the Top 50 cities for expansions and relocations.

  • Expansions Management named the Roanoke Valley a Five-Star Community for quality of life.

  • Named by Inc. Magazine as one of the 100 best places for business development.

  • Cities Ranked and Rated ranked Roanoke as the 11th best city in the United States.

  • Money Magazine ranked Roanoke as one of the top three "Best Places to Retire" in the United States.

  • Ranked by Forbes.com as one of the 100 best places for businesses and careers.

  • Progressive Farmer Magazine named Botetourt County one of the Top 20 Places to Live in Rural America.

  • Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine named the Roanoke Valley one of the 10 healthiest places to live in the United States.

  • Money Magazine named Roanoke as the third most livable Southern city.

  • Parenting Magazine called the Roanoke Valley one of the 10 best places to raise a family in the United States.

  • The Historic Roanoke City Market has been named one of America's Great Public Places.

  • Roanoke has been named an All-America City six times by the National Civic League.

  • Named one of "America's Most Livable Communities" by Partners for Livable Communities.

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