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RoanokeUnited States of America

The Star City of the South, named after one of its most popular attractions, is surrounded by scenic mountains and offers great museums, theaters and art galleries.

Roanoke, known as the “Star City of the South,” is the cultural and commercial center of southwest Virginia. Located in the Roanoke Valley between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Allegheny Mountains, this bustling city is known for its spectacular mountain views. A large, colorfully lit star on top of Mill Mountain gives Roanoke its nickname.

Stop downtown to experience the city’s long history and exciting contemporary cultural scene. The locally owned boutiques and shops that line the streets offer antiques, clothing and souvenirs.

The center of the city is home to over a dozen art galleries. Don’t miss the prestigious Taubman Museum of Art, which is located in a striking contemporary building and focuses on American art. Visit the O. Winston Link Museum, set in the city’s historic train station, which is dedicated to the work of the famed railroad photographer.

Go to Center in the Square to visit three museums in one location. Explore art and history at the Harrison Museum of African American Culture. The History Museum of Western Virginia pays tribute to the area’s fascinating past. Browse exhibits and a butterfly garden in the Science Museum of Western Virginia.

Enjoy an evening of entertainment at one of Roanoke’s many theaters. Mill Mountain Theater puts on professional shows throughout the year. Go to the Jefferson Center to see a performance by the Roanoke Symphony or the Roanoke Ballet Theatre.

Despite Roanoke’s proximity to other ranges, the lone-standing Mill Mountain is one of the city’s most popular attractions. Pay a visit to the brightly lit star at the mountain’s summit. The adornment was built as a seasonal Christmas decoration in 1949 but is now lit year-round. Visitors of all ages will love the Mill Mountain Zoo and the Discovery Center, also located at the top of the mountain.

Roanoke is situated just a few miles south of the Appalachian Trail. Rent a car to get around the city with ease.

Top hotels in Roanoke

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Roanoke & Conference Ctr, Curio Collection by Hilton 
Hotel Roanoke & Conference Ctr, Curio Collection by Hilton 
4 out of 5
110 Shenandoah Ave Ne, Roanoke, VA
The price is £102 per night

Located in the heart of Roanoke, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Roanoke Visitor Center and Berglund Center. O. Winston Link Museum and Taubman ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (978 reviews)

"Friendly staff, excellent breakfast with room service, and clean comfortable beds."…"

Reviewed on 3 Aug 2020

Hotel Roanoke & Conference Ctr, Curio Collection by Hilton 
Hyatt Place Roanoke Airport/Valley View Mall
Hyatt Place Roanoke Airport/Valley View Mall
3 out of 5
5040 Valley View Blvd North, Roanoke, VA
The price is £94 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Valley View Mall and within 6 miles (10 km) of Berglund Center and St. Andrews Catholic Church. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (988 reviews)

"Did it at the last minute. Was happy w the service from the front desk. Room was beautiful. Unfortunately I stayed 1 night wished I stayed more."…"

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2020

Hyatt Place Roanoke Airport/Valley View Mall
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Roanoke, VA
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Roanoke, VA
3 out of 5
7860 Plantation Rd, Roanoke, VA
The price is £67 per night

Situated in Roanoke, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Carvins Cove Natural Reserve, Eleanor D. Wilson Museum and Hollins University. Carvins Cove is 2.2 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,947 reviews)

"The room was easy to find. The hotel was immaculately clean."…"

Reviewed on 1 Aug 2020

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Roanoke, VA

Popular places to visit in Roanoke

Center in the Square
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Center in the Square

4/5(4 reviews)

Find out about the history of Roanoke when you take a trip to Center in the Square. Discover the area's mountain views and shops.

Mill Mountain Star
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Mill Mountain Star

5/5(2 reviews)

Visit this iconic mountaintop landmark and admire panoramic views over the city of Roanoke. Look up at the symbol from the city at night when it shines bright.

Carvins Cove Natural Reserve
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Carvins Cove Natural Reserve

Explore the great outdoors at Carvins Cove Natural Reserve, a lovely green space in Roanoke.

Virginia Museum of Transportation
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Virginia Museum of Transportation

5/5(2 reviews)

You can spend time browsing the exhibits at Virginia Museum of Transportation during your travels in Roanoke. Wander the university campus or discover the area's mountain views.

St. Andrews Catholic Church
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St. Andrews Catholic Church

Find out about the history of Roanoke when you spend time at St. Andrews Catholic Church. Wander the university campus or discover the area's mountain views.

Dixie Caverns
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Dixie Caverns

Enjoy the mountain views and explore Dixie Caverns, a lovely green space in Salem. Amble around the area's university campus or attend a sporting event.

Top things to do in Roanoke

Roanoke Scavenger Hunt: A Big Lick Of Roanoke
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Roanoke Scavenger Hunt: A Big Lick Of Roanoke

£16
Per adult
Roanoke Sunday Brunch Food Tour
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Roanoke Sunday Brunch Food Tour

£48
Per adult

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