I think everyone expects there to to be amazing hiking, rafting, mountain biking in an area like this, and you wouldn’t be disappointed. When you’re done with that, here are a few things you might not expect.
Virginia Museum of Transportation - Planes, trains and automobiles..literally. Great collection of locomotives, celebrating the rail history of Roanoke. Great for kids!
Black Dog Salvage - As seen on HGTV, DIY and GAC, these guys repurpose salvage items into usable and beautiful pieces of art and furniture. Visit one of their two enormous warehouses to meet the crew and pick up some of their handiwork (also available online https://shop.blackdogsalvage.com/ )
Taubman Museum of Art - Designed by Randall Stout to reflect the natural elements of the Roanoke area, with 15-20 exhibitions per year, and great kids programs.
Salem Red Sox - Minor league farm team of the Boston Red Sox, showcasing future stars, with a stadium view that could put a lot of pro parks to shame!
The Roanoke Star - Perched upon Mill Mountain, the star can be seen from miles around Roanoke, hence the Star City nickname. The view from the star itself offers a wide panorama of Virginia’s Blue Ridge below.