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    Roanoke Valley Visitor Information Centre

    by Gillybob Written May 15, 2011

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    Roanoke Valley Visitor Information Centre
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    This visitor information centre has a selection of leaflets and brochures for Roanoke and its greater Blue Ridge area. It can assist with information on accommodation as well as route assistance for the Blue Ridge Parkway area.

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    O Winston Link Museum

    by Gillybob Updated May 15, 2011

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    This museum honours the work of Ogle Winston Link, an American photographer. Best known for his black and white photography of the final days of steam trains travelling the Norfolk & Western Railroad in the late 1950s, O Winston Link (as he was more commonly known) also made sound recordings of those last days.

    As a commercial photographer, he helped establish rail photography as a hobby as well as pioneering night photography. The museum shows an excellent selection of his works which not only includes some of his photography of the Norfolk & Western Railroad, but also of his photography of Virginians at work and play.

    OPENING HOURS :
    Monday to Sunday - 10:00 to 17:00
    Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
    (During January and Febuary from 12:00 to 17:00 on Sundays)

    ADMISSION :
    $5.00 for adults
    $4.50 for seniors
    $4.00 for children (3-11)

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    Learn about local history at the Explore Park

    by mikelisaanna Updated Mar 18, 2009

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    Explore Park is a park that features a collection of buildings from various eras in Western Virginia's history. Some of the buildings are original and some are copies of the original buildings. The park features an Indian village, a frontier fort, a 19th century farmhouse and barn, a one-room schoolhouse, a grist mill, and an old country church. You tour the buildings in historical order, starting with the Indian village and ending in the 1800s. At each building, there is a park employee in period costume who discusses their building and its historical era. To tour the entire collection, including listening to each of the presentations, will take about 2-3 hours and involve about 1.5 miles of walking.

    UNFORTUNATELY, EXPLORE PARK RAN OUT OF FUNDING AND WAS FORCED TO CLOSE. AT THIS TIME, WE DO NOT KNOW IF IT WILL REOPEN OR NOT.

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    Irish Pub Gunther O'Darby's Pub Karaoke Night.

    by Tiasanders Written Sep 1, 2007
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    Gunther O'Darby's Pub
    Downtown Roanoke 303 Jefferson Street.
    Phone 540-206-2090

    Owner / Manager Dean Bostic.

    Excellent Food / Quite Setting / Great Music
    Right next to parking lot.
    On Thursday Nights
    Del Isherwood with The Alleycat Entertainment from 8pm till Midnight.
    Mr Isherwood is indeed one of the leading music artists in Roanoke Virginia.
    Check the pub out you will indeed love this place.

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    St. Andrew Catholic Church

    by HotSpotJ Written Jun 3, 2007

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    One of the more recognizeable Roanoke landmarks is St. Andrews Catholic Church, as it stands high above the major highways and downtown Roanoke. Dedicated in 1902, the cathedral is very unique for the area and has detailed artwork throughout with window depictions of Saints, St. Andrew being the patron Saint. Check out their website for more info.

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    St. Andrews's Catholic Church

    by mikelisaanna Written Jan 7, 2007

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    A view of St. Andrew's church from the highway

    St. Andrew's is a beautiful Catholic church that sits on a hill about a half mile north of downtown Roanoke. It was built in the gothic architectural style around 1900. Its interior is worth seeing, with plenty of stained glass windows and a painted ceiling above the altar.

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    The view from Mill Mountain

    by mikelisaanna Written Jan 7, 2007

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    The view from Mill Mountain

    Mill Mountain is a small mountain that overlooks Roanoke and is the setting for Mill Mountain Park, a city park that contains a zoo and other amenities. One of our favorite parts of the park was the overlook viewpoint next to the Roanoke Star, which gives you a great view of the city of Roanoke, the Roanoke Valley, and the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west of the city.

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    The Roanoke Star

    by mikelisaanna Written Jan 7, 2007

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    The Roanoke Star

    The Roanoke Star is an 88 foot high man-made illuminated star located up on Mill Mountain overlooking the city of Roanoke. It was built in 1949 and is the second-largest man-made illuminated star in the world. Its lights are red, white, and blue, and can be seen for miles.

    Near the star on Mill Mountain are a number of other things to see, including Mill Mountain Park, Roanoke's zoo, and a scenic overlook viewpoint.

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    The Virginia Museum of Transportation

    by mikelisaanna Updated Jan 7, 2007

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    The Virginia Museum of Transportation is a museum dedicated to the history of railroading in Roanoke and Southwestern Virginia. The museum has numerous indoor exhibit about the history of railroads in Virginia, including a number of things for small children such as a miniature railroad. The museum also features a number of locomotives and railcars located outdoors behind the museum that visitors can explore. Although railroading is the primary feature of the museum, there are also exhibits focused on other forms of transportation, including some antique cars.

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    Mill Mountain Star

    by HotSpotJ Updated Mar 26, 2006

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    Mill Mountain Star

    I think every guy who lives here has taken a date to the Mill Mountain star. A great place to come if you are from out of town or want to show a visitor the city. The best view of the city lights, along with a peaceful mountain trail and scattered benches for those who want to relax, it is borderline romantic on midsummers nights. But, the star's glow dims at an early 12AM, so go before midnight.

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  • See an American Eagle at the Zoo

    by jennyrobot Written Jan 16, 2006

    Mill Mountain Zoo in Roanoke has an American Eagle under its care. It has a damaged wing which prevents flight and would perish if left to nature. Among other creatures and features at this delightfully small Zoo were llamas & Siberian Tigers, a hill top view of Roanoke and a much appreciated, well-planned path through shade trees. Even at the peak of summertime, we were very comfortable. Don't miss the train ride!

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  • Let the kids run free & explore@the Science Museum

    by jennyrobot Written Jan 16, 2006

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    The Science Museum of Western Virginia

    Enjoy the air conditioning, let the kids run around (within limits of course) and learn while they're at it. Plenty of hands on exhibits that stimulate the senses and imagination, this is one of the better children's museums I have visited. There were very few exhibits "under repair" or neglected, which seems to be the case at most of the place we visit nowadays. Activities are close enough to keep your eyes on more than one child at a time, and diverse enough to appeal to different age groups (we had an 8, 3, 2 & 1 with us), and even the grown ups!

    Located conveniently in the heart of the downtown Market Square, accross from the main eatery or Commons, above the summertime Farmer's Market, perfect for a little stroll. Parking is available in an adjacent parking deck. All of this, and the zoo is just a short drive away.

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    The nearby Blue Ridge Parkway

    by HotSpotJ Written Nov 19, 2005

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    The Blue Ridge parkway runs through Roanoke via Mill Mountain. there are also entrances on Route 460 East as well as 220 South, just on the outskirts of town. The Spring and the Autumn are the most popular times to visit the parkway, with mild temperatures for camping, biking, or just relaxing. My favorite time is the autumn, I love the colors of the mountains during that time of year.... there is usually a 10 day window in the fall to get the most colorful pictures and inspiring views of the changing leaves, and the wondow is different every year per the late or early cold fronts coming in. In 2005, the best 10 days were at the beginning of November.

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    Mill Mountain Zoo

    by mikelisaanna Written Nov 12, 2005

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    The Mill Mountain Zoo is Roanoke's Zoo. Although rather small, it is definitely worth visiting if you are in Roanoke with children. Their collection of animals is very interesting for a small zoo, with a number of unusual animals from Asia, including an Amur tiger, red pandas, a snow leopard, fishing cats, a dwarf zebu, a takin, and japanese macaques. Other anaimals in the zoo include llamas, Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs, prarie dogs, bald eagles, pythons, tortoises, and skinks.

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    The Blue Ridge Parkway

    by mikelisaanna Written Sep 5, 2005

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    The Blue Ridge Parkway is a scenic road that runs through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western Virginia. It begins in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and runs northeast for over 400 miles untils it joins up with Skyline Drive in Virginia's Shenandoah National Park. It passes within 10 miles of Roanoke.

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