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We experience five seasons in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge.
Whether it's the festive feeling of spring, excitement of a summer vacation, scenic beauty of fall, spirit of the holidays, or relaxation of a winter getaway, you can enjoy Virginia's Blue Ridge any time of year!
With a climate that changes throughout the year to provide a distinct change in the seasons, there are also events and things to do that make each season special.
Learn more about the five seasons of Virginia's Blue Ridge and the experiences that make each one unique.
Come experience the beautiful blooms of spring in the mountains. Enjoy the gorgeous flora of the Blue Ridge Mountains and bring your camera to capture shots of the unique birds and wildlife in the region.
The spring is also a busy time for events as the calendar is full of exciting annual festivals.
The summer months are the perfect time to enjoy an outdoor adventure in Virginia's Blue Ridge.
Hit the water with a paddle down the James River, jet skiing at Smith Mountain Lake, or floating on the Roanoke River. You can also find out why we've earned the title of being the "Top Trail Town" in the Blue Ridge Mountains with incredible opportunities for biking and hiking.
Afterwards, quench your thirst by checking out the great craft breweries along Virginia's Blue Ridge Cheers Trail.
The stunning landscape of the Blue Ridge Mountains makes Virginia's Blue Ridge one of the best places in the world to see fall colors and leaves. The Blue Ridge Parkway winds through the heart of our region and it's one of numerous scenic drives that offer leaf peeping fun.
Though it varies slightly every year, peak fall color typically occurs around mid-to-late October.
Fall also means the excitement of Virginia Tech football, pumpkin picking, corn mazes, hay rides, and haunted houses.
We celebrate the holidays in style in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge. Santa has been known to make an appearance, or two, at the numerous parades and festivals throughout the season.
There is also a great variety of other special events, including holiday home tours, tree and light displays, performances and concerts, ice skating, and more.
Following the fun of fall and the holidays, Virginia's Blue Ridge transforms into a winter wonderland. Make it a New Year's resolution to reconnect with nature in the mountains, or plan a romantic Valentine's Day getaway with your sweetheart.