Travel guide to Visiting Roanoke, Virginia: “Travel opens your heart, broadens your mind, and fills your life with stories to tell.” – Paula Bendfeldt.
When we visited Roanoke for the first time, it was just before Covid-19 started and things were shutting down as a precaution. We were able to explore several things still but not everything. If you are wanting to visit the area, I have a nice list below for you!
First, we stopped in to grab a map at there welcome center and we found a caboose still in operation!! Our little guy was so excited he ran, he jumped and of course said “take a picture”. It’s always the little things with him!
What I Recommend Doing When Visiting Roanoke, Virginia:
⛰️ Get out and take advantage of what the area has to offer. Think about all the free things you can do in downtown Roanoke, including visiting the Taubman Museum of Art. They also have the Center in the Square, a non-profit cultural center providing support for ten cultural and educational organizations. They house a magnificent 8,000 gallon Living Reef Aquarium!
⛰️ Ride bikes on the Roanoke Valley Greenway. Explore in the most relaxing way possible. Hop on a bike and take a trip through the Roanoke Valley Greenway. The sights are amazing, plus it’s a family-friendly activity worth doing with your loved ones. It’s a great way to get some fresh air, get some exercise, and explore a new area.
⛰️ Hike one of the MANY trails they have around Roanoke! We spent a beautiful day of exploring the Natural Bridge State Resort Park, another day hiking in
Roaring Run Falls, Botetourt County, Virginia.
We saw several different species of snakes, a few salamanders & loved all the waterfalls.
⛰️ Visit the Mill Mountain Zoo. Whether you’re an animal lover or not, the Mill Mountain Zoo is a great spot to visit in Roanoke. The small zoo is home to many beautiful animals, including rescued animals now living in peace. It’s quite a sight to see. Being there was genuinely exciting for me. I even got to ride on a train throughout the zoo.
⛰️ We LOVED SeaQuest in Lynchburg! My son took especially to a bird they have there. We could easily have stayed all day “talking to it”. If you made the “bubble noise” it would respond back at you. This place was so creative, well kept, easy to walk through that we hope to come back when they have animal encounters ( they were closed due to Covid-19).
⛰️ Visit the Roanoke Star. The live cam let’s you say “hi” to anyone by sending them the live feed website. Picture in comments of our family in New York seeing us in Virginia!!
If you’re looking for a place to make some memories, you may want to consider visiting Roanoke, Virginia. It has so many things to offer!
What do you think about traveling to such a beautiful area in the Blue Ridge Mountains? Did you enjoy our Travel guide to Visiting Roanoke?