Roanoke sits in a large valley cradled by the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwestern Virginia. The Appalachian Trail passes close by to the north, the Blue Ridge Parkway to the south.
The long, wide valley made a perfect spot for a rail line in the 19th century, and Roanoke grew as the railroad industry did. The city embraces its railroad heritage with many rail-themed attractions, but Roanoke also has a new sheen to it with a vibrant downtown filled with cultural and culinary treasures. Continued