Roanoke: Top 7 Best Places To Visit in Roanoke, Virginia

Mill Mountain Star

The Mill Mountain Park, which covers 568 acres, is home to the Roanoke Star, also known as the Mill Mountain Star. It has more than 10 miles worth of multi-use trails for hiking, biking, and walking. Visitors can enjoy the natural beauty of the area in all seasons.

Taubman Museum of Art

One of the most popular things to do in Roanoke is the Taubman Museum of Art. The unique modern facade of the museum building, which was built in 2005, makes it a prominent feature of Roanoke’s skyline.

Carvins Cove Natural Reserve 

Carvins Cove Natural Reserve is the second-largest municipal parks in the country, covering over 12,000 acres. It is just 8 miles away from Roanoke and offers an array of outdoor recreation activities, including fishing, boating or horseback riding, as well as hiking, fishing, biking, and even boating.

Roanoke Valley Greenway

The Roanoke Valley Greenways are a great way to bike through the city. The network includes over 400 miles worth of trails that run through Roanoke, as well as the surrounding towns and nature.  

Virginia Museum of Transportation

The Virginia Museum of Transportation preserves an impressive collection and displays it. It includes full-size and model trains, bus memorabilia and antique cars Although the indoor exhibits are small, you will be amazed at the scale when you get out to the Rail Yard.

McAfee Knob

McAfee Knob, a popular hiker’s bucket list item, is also one of the most photographed spots on the Appalachian Trail. This lookout is located at the summit of Catawba Mountain, and offers spectacular views from its 3,197 foot elevation.

O. Winston Link Museum

The O. Winston Link Museum focuses on the life and work of O. Winston Link, a 20th-century American photographer. Link is well-known for his railroad photography. The collection showcases Link’s work. It is mostly printed in large-scale, black-and white format.