Roanoke, VA
By Shaina Amienyi

In Roanoke vacationers can discover the city’s railroad heritage, enjoy outdoor recreation in the mountains, attend a festival, and more. With its mountain beauty and historic heritage, Roanoke is sure to please vacationers of all ages.

Ten minutes from downtown is Roanoke Regional Airport (ROA), the city’s gateway. Please you’re your flight with by clicking on the following link ( Roanoke has historic and charming hotels ready to accommodate visitors. For help choosing a hotel, visit the hotel section of for our list of recommended hotels. Click on the following link ( to access the hotel portion of our site.

The best way to experience the art, culture, and history of Roanoke is to go to museums. Visit the Taubman Museum of Art, a first-class museum in downtown Roanoke. You are sure to enjoy its exhibits, collections, and events. For example, one event recommends is Art at Night, an event held every Friday and one that fuses music and art. Other popular museums include the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University, which presents art from internationally known artists, and the History Museum of Western Virginia which is dedicated to the historical and cultural heritage of the Roanoke Valley. A visit to Roanoke would not be complete without seeing its star. The Roanoke Star on top of Mill Mountain is an 88-foot illuminated structure that offers spectacular views of the city. While at Mill Mountain Park, recommends visiting Mill Mountain Zoo, which features 35 species of animals.

If outdoor recreation is what interests you, look no further than Roanoke, near the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. Just about every outdoor activity you can imagine—hiking, fishing mountain biking, camping, etc.—is available at these two forests. also recommends taking part in horseback riding, hawk watching, or cross-country skiing. Other outdoor activities that you can enjoy include hiking along the Blue Ridge Mountain trail, sunbathing on Smith Mountain Lake, and paddling down the James River. You can also visit the Natural Bridge and explore waterfalls and caverns. This National Historic Landmark once owned by Thomas Jefferson is a sight not to miss.

Roanoke’s entertainment offerings are as plentiful as its recreational activities. During the summer, attend BB&T’s Party in the Park, a Thursday night dance party in Elmwood Park downtown. All ages are welcome at the concerts. Some of Roanoke’s other recurring events include the Horse and Hound Wine Festival, the Henry Street Heritage Festival, and the Big Lick Blues Festival.

When you are ready to shop, suggests you stop by the Historic Roanoke City Market District. The area around Market Street is the place to go for delicious food, specialty souvenir and antique shops, and the latest fashions. Another shopping destination is Tanglewood Mall with its national retail stores, restaurants, specialty shops, and cinemas.


  • 1. Roanoke Star
  • 2. History Museum of Western Virginia
  • 3. Elmwood Park
  • 4. Market District
  • 5. Blue Ridge Mountain Trail
  • 6. George Washington National Forest
  • 7. Mill Mountain Zoo
  • 8. Eleanor D. Wilson Museum
  • 9. Taubman Museum of Art
  • 10. Smith Mountain Lake


  • 1. Festival in the Park - February
  • 2. Saint Patrick's Day Celebration - March
  • 3. Vinton Dogwood Festival - April
  • 4. Virginia State Championship Chili Cook-Off - May
  • 5. Annual Strawberry Festival - May
  • 6. Craftmen's Classic Art & Craft Fest - October


Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center - DoubleTree by Hilton
110 Shenandoah Avenue, Roanoke, VA
By Christopher Karns

DoubleTree by Hilton Roanoke, VA located in the heart of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains is an old hotel renovated to be modern without losing the touch of history it has. The Hotel is located five miles away from the Roanoke Regional Airport (ROA) which the hotel offers a Courtesy Bus to shuttle people to and from the airport. Guests of the hotel can check-in at 4 p.m. or after on the day they arrive into the city.

The DoubleTree offers over three hundred and thirty rooms, from standard guest rooms to suites, executive rooms for a business trip, and even ease of access rooms designed to make the room completely useable for any handicap. All rooms include services such as, Televisions with forty four select channels to flip through, a high sped wireless service for just a daily fee, and a large desk area for any needed work. A PURE room is also available, which is an allergy-friendly, healthy alternative for every guest.

After being well rested in the rooms, the hotel has services for nearly every need. Should dining be on the mind, The Regency Rooms offers a wide variety of meal salads and soups including the original barbeque chicken salad. However if salads not be what one desires, the Pine Room Pub offers such things as honey barbeque chicken wings and pulled pork sandwich. The hotel also houses an indulging spa, fitness and work out, as well as a pool for the casual and professional swimmers alike.  

As a breath of fresh air with touches of history The DoubleTree as a good mix of both, with mountain views and nature parks only a short distance away and the finest modern inventions for anyone's desires.  From Taubman Museum of Art to Roanoke Civic Center nearby there is no end to the sites to see.

Check out time in the morning is 11 a.m. can help book your trip by following the link ( and start enjoying your stay at the DoubleTree.