Roanoke, Virginia, has dubbed itself Magic City, and no wonder. Not only is this picturesque Southern city easy on the eyes, it offers a little something for everyone. Fishing, biking, art, theater, local food, and artisan drinks—travelers seeking out vacations in Roanoke will find them all here. So grab your hiking gear and get ready to experience this jewel of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Once you've decided on one of the hotels in Roanoke and have checked in, head to the Taubman Museum of Art to take in a collection spanning 3,500 years, or learn a little about bluegrass and old time music at the Ralph Stanley Museum. If you're in the mood for something a bit more active, nearby Mill Mountain Park has views to die for, as well as a zoo and walking trails. Or you could set out on a self-directed hike along popular paths such as Buck Mountain Trail and Rock Castle Gorge. Traveling during the autumn? Be sure to take a scenic drive up and down the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway to see the leaves changing color. Finally, the plantation at Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest is a nice place for a contemplative stroll in one of the founding father's footsteps.
Downtown hosts more than just Roanoke hotels. The space around Market Street and Campbell Street is home to a whole slew of eateries, everything from fine-dining twists on Southern favorites to massively overstuffed sandwiches, bento box lunches, and barbecue. Better yet, sign up for a food tour and eat your way through the entire area! When it comes to getting a drink, downtown offers a number of taverns and bars, and nearby wineries and craft breweries provide tastings as well as tours.
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