Roanoke Travel Guide

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Roanoke Things to Do

  • Roanoke Valley Visitor Information...

    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

    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...

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  • Learn about local history at the Explore...

    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....

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

    Gunther O'Darby's PubDowntown Roanoke 303 Jefferson Street.Phone 540-206-2090Owner / Manager Dean Bostic.Excellent Food / Quite Setting / Great Music Right next to parking lot. On Thursday NightsDel Isherwood with The Alleycat Entertainment from 8pm till Midnight.Mr Isherwood is indeed one of the leading music artists in Roanoke Virginia.Check the...

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  • St. Andrew Catholic Church

    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

    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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Roanoke Restaurants

  • Excellent BBQ, great Atmosphere, great...

    Went into Roanoke for a late dinner on a Sunday night. Not much was open, so we gave Blues BBQ a try. So happy we did. I got the California Turkey sandwich. That was excellent, Turkey burger, provolone cheese, avocado slices and their barbeque sauces. That was very excellent. For my side, I got the hush puppies, that came with a flavored sweet...

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  • Light Lunch Heaven!

    We stopped here for a light lunch on our wander around Roanoke.The menu here is a selection of soups, sandwiches and salads with homemade ice cream and smoothies as good options for desserts.Hours :Spring / SummerMonday to Friday : 11:00 - 17:00Saturday : 11:00 - 17:00Fall (Autum) / WinterMonday to Friday : 11:00 - 16:00Saturday : 11:00 - 16:00...

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  • Bistro Bar Bottle

    Trio is a restaurant frequented by my company on business dinners, has an excellent, comfortable bar to grab appetizers and a drink while watching the game, or to make reservations and enjoy their full menu one would be equally comfortable. I would recommend this place over most if you want to be downtown and are avoiding the noisier restaurants....

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Roanoke Nightlife

  • New Orleans meets Star City

    Quarter is a great new (2011) French Quarter themed retaurant located on Salem Ave that has a great staff, good menu and solid, fun atmosphere. It does not stay open late (10pm on most weeknights), so definately stop in early for dinner and drinks. I should have this in the restaurants heading, but I've had so much fun in this spot why not call it...

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  • Downtown Roanoke Nightlife

    The Downtown area of Roanoke is slowly improving as far as having a heartbeat after sunset. This place has improved vbastly over what is was only 2 or 3 years ago, whereas before you had only 1 real club to go to now you have a variety of restaurants all within the Campbell Ave vacinity. the openings of Metro, Green Dolphin Grille, Frankie...

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  • IRISH PUB!

    The only Irish Pub in downtown, and the only TRUE pub in Roanoke (beware the others that try to stake this claim-the others are corporate and commercial fakeness). This is also the last of the true bars in Roanoke. Awesome fish and chips, great prices, great people, great fun. If you are from out of town, you will be welcomed here! Open mic night...

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Roanoke Transportation

  • Roanoke Airport

    Roanoke has a good modern airport for a city its size. The airport is located a few miles north of downtown Roanoke just off of Interstate 581. Airlines which serve Roanoke's airport include Delta, United, USAir, and Allegiant. Cities to which you can get direct flights include Charlotte, Atlanta, Orlando, Washington, Philadelphia, New York,...

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  • 2 local cab companies

    If you decide to give old YELLOW CAB A call (540-345-7711) or LIBERTY CAB (540-344-1776) make sure to NOT LET ON YOUR A TOURIST or they (The drivers) will take you for a run for your money. As in Taking you the Looooong way around to your destianation.If your in a hurry don't be Yellow or Liberty cab don't get in a hurry. If its a weekend you mind...

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  • Best way to get here from there.

    If you decide to take our local buses which are called, "Valley Metro" they will cost everyone from the age 5 and up to 65 $1.25 per ride, but you can ask for a transfer if you need another bus. If your a senior citzen they do offer cheaper rates.

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Roanoke Shopping

  • Southwest Shopping

    There are two major malls in this city, Tanglewood and Valley View. Tanglewood is situated in the more upscale side of town and has, in my opinion, the better restaurants surrounding it. If you are into franchise spots, there is an AppleBees in it as well as a small food court. The shops inside are TJMaxx, Belk, Stein Mart, and JC Pennys to name a...

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  • Northwest shopping

    This is the largest mall in town, built adjacent to the airport, thus surrounded by franchised restaurants and hotels. This mall has more to offer than any other in the area, but has setbacks in that the traffic patterns are unorthodox and that alot of people in it are not shoppers, but misguided youth just looking for something to do. There are...

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  • Spend an afternoon downtown

    Downtown Roanokes Historic Market Square is place you can spend an afternoon shopping around for local vendors fruits and vegetables as well as other things such as embroideries,artwork and flowers,with plenty of places to stop in and grab lunch. Locally grown, preservative free, all-natural fruits and veggies galore. Bring 50 bucks and go wild

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Roanoke Local Customs

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    View from the peak

    by HotSpotJ Updated Mar 27, 2005

    A local place to go on lazy weekends is the Peaks of Otter, about 25 minutes or so from downtown Roanoke. It is a good hike, and also has a scenic lake and great lodge at the base, so whether you live or or are just visiting make sure you check it out, the view from the top is impressive.

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Roanoke Warnings and Dangers

  • Keep an eye out for police!

    If you're going out on the town here or in any town in Virginia, there are a few things to remember:1: Radar Detectors are illegal. I think VA is one of the last states that doesn't allow them.2: The DUI limit here is ridiculously low. At .06, I think its like 1 3/4 beers, which, we all know, is just an alcoholic appetizer. If you do plan on...

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  • Be careful when driving around...

    Be careful when driving around the downtown area about the stop signs! Some are hard to spot, and it's easy to run them.

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Roanoke Tourist Traps

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    by LilBearsm0ma Written Jun 14, 2004

    The Market Square has many vedors (As in Farmers Produce at reasonable prices) and many resturants, Antique stores, Museum (Called Center in The Square), we also have a transportation museum.

    Unique Suggestions: While your downtown if you enjoy a hotdog with fries visit the Roanoke Wenier Stand! Ask for Johnnie! Johnnie has been there since they opened.

    Fun Alternatives: If you like a Chessy Western, (which consists of Cheese, Hamburger, Relish, egg, pickles) you need to visit Texas Tavern "The Millionare's Club" which is located at Church Avenue. Its the Best "Bowl with" and Hot All the way!

    No fries here!

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Roanoke Off The Beaten Path

  • Craig County - Virginia's Least...

    Just north of Roanoke lies Craig County, the least populated county in Virginia, with only about 5000 citizens. Much of the county is covered by a National FOrest, in which housing and commercial real estate develoment is restricted. To get to Craig County, take Route 311 north from Interstate 81. Along the way, you will cross the Appalachian Trail...

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  • Gravel Roads for 4wheel drives, and...

    If you head up Rt 311 N out of Roanoke you will find several wilderness roads in Jefferson National Park. These are great dirt & gravel roads for 4 wheel drives, and Motorcross bikes. You may get wet forging through a few creeks and you will see wildlife while enjoying a fun ride in the wilderness.

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  • APPALACHIAN TRAIL!!!

    There are numerous AT trailheads in the area. Tinker Cliffs, McAphee's Knob, and Dragon's Tooth are all some of the more famous and beautiful sites on the trail, and all of these trailheads can be reached by car in 30 minutes or less. Email me for more details and directions.

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Roanoke Sports & Outdoors

  • Get in Shape 2- The R.A.C.

    Get that excercise- Virginia has the fastest growing rate of obesity in the US....so if you move here adapt a healthy lifestyle with the help of a gym, because the weather is unpredictable and there are 4 loathesome months of winter.

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  • Get in shape 1

    Get that excercise- Virginia has the fastest growing rate of obesity in the US....so if you move here adapt a healthy lifestyle with the help of a gym, because the weather is unpredictable and there are 4 loathesome months of winter.

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  • Appalachain Trail

    The trail is just to the West of the city and is an awesome way to spend the weekend outdoors on a nice hike Bring a light tent for overnight hikes, water, good shoe are a must, matches, maybe some canned foods, and for a me a choice bottle of bourbon for camp.

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Roanoke Favorites

  • Historic Signs

    Roanoke has held some things in its downtime area very sacred over the years, most notably, some of the advertising signs from the 50's and 60's. There were preservation groups formed in the last decade to raise money for some of these signs to be restored, oddly enough the only reason most of them are still there is because this town was too old...

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  • Visit the Roanoke City Market...

    Visit the Roanoke City Market on a weekend. The City Market is host to many quaint shops, deli's, coffee shops and art galleries. Also the Farmer's Market is the best place to get fresh produce and great flowers for the home. Also don't miss the local artisans that put their cratfs on display each weekend on the market.

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  • Blue Ridge Parkway ! ! It is...

    Blue Ridge Parkway ! ! It is beautiful and fun. It goes through the state of Va and into NC. In the Roanoke area the best spot is Mill Mountain. There is a small zoo. Pinic areas, and an outdoor theater. Always alot going on but the Best thing is the awesome view from the mountain top. It over looks the city and the mountains that surround the...

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Mill Mountain Zoo
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