Roanoke has earned the nickname "Star City of the South" by being the recreational, cultural and business hub of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. The nickname is also attributed to the iconic Roanoke Star, which sits atop Mill Mountain and overlooks the entire region.
The star can be easily reached via the Blue Ridge Parkway, the scenic roadway that winds through the heart of Virginia's Blue Ridge.
Roanoke and the surrounding cities and counties that make up the Roanoke Valley host more festivals and cultural events than any place west of Richmond, and there's a vibrant nightlife scene that continues to grow.
With an outstanding offering of cultural activities and outdoor opportunities, the only difficult decision will be figuring out which things you won't have time to enjoy during your visit.
When you begin your day in the Roanoke Valley, a Blue Ridge Day full of adventure and excitement awaits you.
Visitors to Virginia's Blue Ridge have all kinds of variety of things to see and do. Check out the sections below to get more information!
We also feature a great assortment of FREE family-fun activities.
You can plan fun things to do with the kids, have a romantic getaway, learn about the area's unique culture and history by meeting our friendly locals, and enjoy all the outdoor adventures of being in a mountain destination.
Most importantly, it all happens amid the stunning natural beauty of Virginia's Blue Ridge.
Want help in picking some things to do during your visit? Take a look at our Sample Itineraries and consider booking a Vacation Package, which provides the convenient option of purchasing tickets to local attractions and events along with booking accommodations.