Here Are the Best Things to Do in Roanoke, VA

One of the things we love about the Natural Bridge area is how close it is to other cities and attractions. It’s just a 45-minute drive from Natural Bridge, VA, to Roanoke, VA, so it’s a must-visit during your Blue Ridge Mountains vacation! Head out in the morning, spend the entire day exploring the city of Roanoke and the surrounding area, then return to the Natural Bridge Hotel in the evening to unwind. Read on to discover five of the best things to do in Roanoke, VA 

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5 of the Best Things to Do in Roanoke, VA 

Below are five of our favorite things to do during your Blue Ridge Mountains vacation! 

1. Center in the Square 

Center in the Square is one of the largest attractions in Roanoke, VA. Here, you can find several museums, theatres, and more that are dedicated to our community’s arts and culture. Some of our favorite places to visit within the Center on the Square are the Harrison Museum of African American Culture and the Roanoke Pinball Museum! 

2. The Roanoke Star 

The Roanoke Star is perhaps the city’s most iconic sight. Otherwise known as the “Hollywood sign of the East Coast,” this man-made star illuminates atop Mill Mountain. Be sure to snap a photo while you’re in town! 

3. Virginia Museum of Transportation 

The Virginia Museum of Transportation in downtown Roanoke is a must-visit during your trip. This museum boasts a variety of rail, road, air, and ships collections that highlight the city’s transportation history.  

4. Roanoke Valley Greenways  

No visit to Virginia would be complete without an outdoor adventure. Hop on one of the hiking or biking trails on the Roanoke Valley Greenways! This outdoor attraction boasts more than 30 miles of multi-use trails for visitors to enjoy. 

For more outdoor recreation, be sure to check out the best hiking near Natural Bridge, VAwhen you return to town! 

5. Grab Something to Eat  

You’re sure to work up an appetite after exploring around Roanoke. There are many great places to dine in downtown Roanoke. Whether you’re in the mood for International flavors or American classics, there’s something for every craving!  

Check out this comprehensive list of restaurants in downtown Roanoke to decide where you may like to dine! 

Stay at the Natural Bridge Hotel 

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Head back to the Natural Bridge Hotel after exploring the best things to do in Roanoke, VA. Our historic hotel near Roanoke features four unique accommodation types including Main Inn RoomsPremium Second-Floor Balcony RoomsGuest Rooms on Cottage Hill, and Veranda Rooms. During your stay, enjoy our hotel’s complimentary amenities. 

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