Roanoke VA Area Attractions

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The Blue Ridge Parkway | Google Maps

Just outside the front door of the Cambria Suites Roanoke is the famous and historic Blue Ridge Parkway.  Outstanding scenery, recreational opportunities, split-rail fences, old farmsteads, mountain meadows and scenic overlooks make the Blue Ridge Parkway one of the most visited sections of the National Park System.  A National Parkway and All-American Road, the Parkway winds for 469 from the southern terminus of Shenandoah National Park's Skyline Drive in Virginia to U.S. 441 at Oconaluftee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Cherokee, NC. It runs through the famous Blue Ridge Mountains, a major mountain chain that is part of the Appalachian Mountains. The parkway is open year round - subject to weather conditions and construction closures - and does not charge a fee or tolls for use.


Elmwood Park

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Located on 6.9 acres in downtown Roanoke, Elmwood Park is the central park of the city.  It features walking paths, open green space, the central library branch, and an outdoor stage with amphitheater seating.  The park is home to festivals, like Festival in the Park every May, as well as various music and arts festivals, and a variety of ethnic festivals year round.


Center in the Square | Google Maps

The Center in the Square in Roanoke is home to the Art Museum of Western Virginia, History Museum & Historical Society of Western Virginia and O. Winston Link Museum, Mill Mountain Theatre, Science Museum of Western Virginia, The Arts Council of the Blue Ridge, Opera Roanoke, and the Roanoke Ballet Theatre.



Historic City Market | Google Maps

The Historic Roanoke City Market, also called the Farmer's Market due to the profusion of plants, fresh fruits, and vegetables available during the growing season, is the oldest continuously operating open air market in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  The Historic Roanoke City Market is open year-round, seven days a week, and closes only on Christmas and New Year's. There are 42 permanent tables covered by yellow and white awnings that mark an inviting display of fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, and plants during growing season.