Roanoke, VA, USA

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Roanoke, VA, USA

Roanoke vacation rentals

Roanoke offers the best of both worlds

Hidden in its own little fold on the southern ridges of the Appalachian Mountains, Roanoke is at turns sleepy and at turns boisterous. Budding theaters and art complexes can be found in the downtown area, while quieter outside pursuits can be enjoyed atop Mill Mountain. Roanoke’s proximity to the fabled Blue Ridge Parkway and the Jefferson National Forest, make Roanoke vacation rentals a favorite with hikers, bikers, and outdoors adventures.

Get outdoors in Roanoke

Don't forget to haul along the hiking boots and walking sticks for your vacation to Roanoke because this town is best known as the gateway to the great Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. You're likely to spend most days clambering up fir-clad peaks and seeking out babbling waterfalls in the wilds. Or, there's always camp grounds to be found somewhere in the hills, not to mention bridle trails and boating lakes where fishing cabins and walker's huts reside on the edge of the great Appalachian Trail.

From the Blue Ridge to Mill Mountain in Roanoke

Arguably the most noticeable landmark of Roanoke is the Mill Mountain Star, which rests on a panoramic lookout above the city. Start there and then delve into the downtown area, where the Center in the Square culture hub offers coral aquariums and quirky pinball machine exhibits. And if you came here for a taste of the great American outdoors – and most people do – then why not cast your net further afield to search for Roanoke vacation rentals in the form of country cabins and lodges close to the woods of the Jefferson National Forest?

Winter to spring to summer to fall in Roanoke

Thanks to its medley of cultural, artistic, and outdoorsy attractions, Roanoke is a real year-round destination. For hikers and bikers, riders and walkers, the best seasons to hit the trails of the iconic Appalachian Mountains are usually spring and summer, when the airs are warm and all the routes open – think between May and September. That said, fall time brings the beautiful changing of the colors, while winter means festive cheer in the Roanoke City Market. It's really up to you when you seek out those Roanoke vacation rentals.

Roanoke: The gateway to Appalachia

Rugged peaks rise and fall like undulating backbones of rock, while cascading swathes of fir forest and beech trees spill like green blankets over the hills. Welcome to the land of Appalachia, which rings the whole Roanoke Valley with its wondrous sights, sounds, and smells. Close to the city, trailheads for routes up Sharp Top Mountain and Tinker Ridge can be found, while there's also access to the iconic Blue Ridge Parkway itself. Don’t forget the camera for this outdoors adventure either – everything from coyotes and black bears to wild boar and whitetail deer lurk in these wildernesses.