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A Day in…Virginia’s Blue Ridge

Cover Image: Roanoke, Virginia – Cameron Davidson | Visit VBR

Discover the ultimate metro mountain adventure in the Roanoke Region of Virginia’s Blue Ridge. With an extensive network of over 1,000 miles of trails designed for hiking, biking, and paddling, this region’s unparalleled outdoor experiences helped crown Roanoke the winner in the Large Towns Category of our 2023 Top Adventure Towns Contest.

Hay Rock on the Appalachian Trail – Laquan Franklin | Visit VBR

Morning

Begin the day with coffee at Roasters Next Door Coffee Lounge, located in Roanoke’s trendy Wasena neighborhood, which is along the popular Roanoke River Greenway, a perfect spot for a walk or relaxing bike ride. Wasena is also home to the River Rock Climbing Gym, a multi-time winner of the Best Climbing Gym honor in the Best of the Blue Ridge Awards. Take part in a guided bike ride or tour with Roanoke Mountain Adventures, the local outfitter in Wasena that offers bike rentals and guide services.

Afternoon

Pick up lunch and snacks from The Dilly Dally in Salem and then head to one of the great nearby hiking trails and have a picnic. For a more challenging hike with gorgeous views, head to Poor Mountain Natural Area Preserve. Easy nearby hikes can be found at Green Hill Park and the Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail. You could also take a scenic drive on the iconic Blue Ridge Parkway and have a picnic at one of the many overlooks and designated viewing areas. Check out Parkway Brewing Company and Olde Salem Brewing Company for a post-adventure craft brew. Please remember to recreate responsibly and leave no trace along the trails in Virginia’s Blue Ridge, and pack out all trash.

The Hotel Roanoke – The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center

Evening

The Liberty Trust and The Hotel Roanoke are two great options for an overnight stay in Downtown Roanoke, within walking distance of many local restaurants, shops, and attractions. Enjoy delicious food and great craft cocktails at spots like Sidecar, Fortunato, and Stock Cafe & Bar, located in Roanoke’s Historic Fire Station No. 1 building. Check out the local live music scene in Downtown Roanoke and find great bands at The Spot on Kirk, 5 Points Music Sanctuary, and Martin’s Downtown Bar & Grill.

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