Located in the heart of Virginia’s beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, the Roanoke Valley promises small-town charm with big city vibes. Accessible via Amtrak or the oh-so-scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, the area is home to one of the most breathtaking points on the Appalachian Trail: McAfee Knob, located 3,197 feet atop Catawba Mountain. After a day’s long hike, grab a pint at one of the many area breweries like Deschutes Brewery and shop for antique relics at the cavernous Black Dog Salvage.
If you do just one thing... Be sure to grab a scoop at Pop’s Ice Cream and Soda Bar on your way back home.
Want to stay overnight? Book a room at Hotel Roanoke.