A Day in Virginia’s Blue Ridge

You’ll love exploring Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains and the many opportunities to experience stunning views, delicious food and drink, and rich history and culture. Whether you’re attending a sporting event in the City of Salem, exploring a trail in Botetourt County, setting up camp in Roanoke County, listening to music in Franklin County, or enjoying a great meal in Downtown Roanoke, it can all be part of a getaway to Virginia’s Blue Ridge!

Twin River Outfitters – Upper James River Water Trail – Botetourt County

Morning

Get things started with a breakfast sandwich on a freshly-baked bagel at Donnie D’s Bagels and Deli in Botetourt County. Then, head north to Historic Fincastle, a walkable town that still features buildings and architecture from when it was established in 1770.

Afternoon

Experience the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains from the water with a float on the Upper James River Water Trail. Located in the Town of Buchanan, Twin River Outfitters is a great option for guided trips, rentals, and shuttle service.

Evening

Don’t let the weekend end without a visit to Downtown Roanoke. You’ll love the diversity of cuisine from local restaurants, including Middle Eastern, Peruvian, Indian, Japanese, and classic Southern fare. Following dinner, make your way up Mill Mountain to the iconic Roanoke Star for a selfie and a stunning view of the Roanoke Valley.

Local Tip

With nearly 60 miles of trails, Carvins Cove is known as one of the best places for mountain biking on the East Coast.

Cover Photo: McAfee Knob—Appalachian Trail. Photo by Freddie Hodges VISIT VBR

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