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The City of Roanoke is a dynamic urban center located in the Roanoke Valley. Established on the banks of the Roanoke River, Roanoke is the largest municipality in Southwestern Virginia. Known as the "Star City of the South", the city is the cultural, commercial and recreational hub of the surrounding mountainous area. Both The City of Roanoke and the neighboring City of Salem, Virginia are independent municipalities, functioning as separate entities, adjacent to, but politically detached. Each city has its own unique character and attractions.
Outdoor enthusiasts have virtually unlimited scenic locations to fish, hike, mountain bike, camp, canoe, kayak, swim or explore. When driving the rural back roads, roadside stands and country stores offer mountain crafts, baskets, pottery, woodcarvings, musical instruments, locally grown produce and more. Roanoke County Virginia is the perfect destination for a quiet honeymoon or a rambunctious gathering of friends and family.
From Falling Water Cascades Trail National Recreation Trail to Round Meadow Creek Loop Trail, the region offers a diverse network of trails to provide trekkers of all levels of experience and physical fitness to enjoy access to the spectacular mountain environment. From leisurely, easy walks to strenuous, steep jaunts, the plethora of well-maintained trails offer an abundance of birding and wildlife viewing opportunities, breathtaking scenery and fresh mountain air.
Museums And Art Galleries
Fine art, antiques and Appalachian crafts are displayed at a diverse collection of fascinating museums and galleries throughout the Roanoke Valley. When planning your holiday, be sure to include time to visit the stunning new Taubman Museum of Art in downtown Roanoke. The Taubman Museum holds a treasure of 19th and 20th century contemporary art. While in Roanoke, a visit to the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum on the grounds of Hollins University is a worthwhile stop. Be sure to schedule a visit to the History Museum ofWestern Virginia, the O. Winston Link Museum and the many other museums and galleries in Fincastle and Salem. The Winston Link Museum houses the world’s premier collection of black and white railroad photography.
Festivals And Celebrations
More than 90 different nationalities make their home in hauntingly scenic valley. Known as the cultural heart of the Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, the beautiful valley hosts various ethnic festivals and celebrations of the unique cultural diversity of the region. Visitors can share European culture at the Greek Festival, honor African American culture at the Juneteenth Celebration and the Henry Street Festival or celebrate Middle Eastern culture at The Lebanese Festival. The Visitor Information Center, 101 Shenandoah Ave, NE Roanoke, Virginia, 24016 is pleased to provide complete information about things to do and see. Find out information on accommodations, shopping, attractions, outdoor recreation and more. Trip planning assistance is available by calling (540) 342-6025 or (800) 635-5535.
Discovered by exploring farm boys in 1920, Dixie Caverns were opened to the public in 1923. The only caverns in Southwest Virginia, the intriguing geological formations attract inquisitive visitors with a 45-minute guided walking tour, pottery shop, a 44 dealer antique mall and a scenic, pet friendly campground with full services. The caverns are open every day of the year with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. For hours and driving directions, contact Dixie Caverns, 5753 West Main Street, Salem, Virginia, 24153 or call (504) 380-2085.