Destination guide

Picturesque Roanoke hits all the right notes

Hugging both shores of the Roanoke River, lively Roanoke is the heart and soul of Southwest Virginia. Surrounded by the breathtaking nature of the Shenandoah Valley, the city's thriving cultural scene is balanced out by plenty of outdoor activities to keep your heart pumping. Music lovers are in for a treat at a Roanoke vacation rental, as the city has a long history of live music of all kinds, and you can still catch your choice of live sets around town on any given night. From railroad history to modern art and everything in between, you'll find it here.

Things to do

A star is born in the rolling hills of Roanoke

Perched atop Mill Mountain is one of the city's most iconic landmarks -- the Roanoke Star, a vibrant neon installation dating from 1949. While you're there, be sure to visit Mill Mountain Zoo. Beyond that, Roanoke is all museums, all the time. Try the Taubman Museum of Art, the Virginia Museum of Transportation, the History Museum of Western Virginia, or the Roanoke Pinball Museum, just to name a few (we could keep going). For a taste of local railroad history, check out the historic photos at the O. Winston Link Museum, housed in the city's landmark former train station.

Activities

They call it Virginia's Music City for a reason

There's plenty to keep the night owls happy at a Roanoke vacation rental. Countless clubs around town offer up regular live music, and there's always something on at the Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre. The more outdoorsy types will love all the hiking, biking, and climbing opportunities in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The river's prime territory for kayaking, canoeing, and championship fishing, as well as some top-notch birding and wildlife viewing. The Blue Ridge Parkway is made for scenic drives (especially in fall). In town, you'll find more than enough festivals, markets, and shops to keep you busy for days.

Weather

There's a season for every mood in Music City

No matter which season your crew prefers, there's a Roanoke vacation rental that fits the bill. The warmest months are June to August, when highs soar well into the 80s and 90s (sometimes even higher). The lows dip below freezing from December to February, when you might see light snows once in awhile. Weather in the shoulder seasons of spring and fall can see wide swings, with temps anywhere from the 40s to the 70s in April to May and September to October. Don't miss the fall leaves along the Blue Ridge Parkway, which peak between mid-October and early November.

Natural features

Where the hills just keep on rolling along

The verdant Roanoke Valley in southwest Virginia is known for its picture-perfect rolling green hills, dotted occasionally with pastoral farmland. Dominating the landscape are the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains, covered in trees that hide miles of hiking trails for exploring and getting that fresh air fix. Cutting straight through town, the winding Roanoke River brings the wildlife to the city, making for some of the best birdwatching for miles around (be sure to pack those binoculars). If you prefer your wildlife encounters to happen from a safe distance, there's conveniently a zoo in town.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Roanoke

The nearest airport is in Roanoke, VA (ROA-Roanoke Regional), located 4.1 mi (6.7 km) from the city center.

If you prefer train travel, the main station is Roanoke Station.

Where to stay around Roanoke?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 510 vacation rentals near Roanoke. From 49 Cabins to 320 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Roanoke for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Roanoke?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Roanoke. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Science Museum of Western Virginia: 150 vacation rentals
  • River's Edge Sports Complex: 158 vacation rentals
  • Mill Mountain Park: 194 vacation rentals
  • Berglund Center: 149 vacation rentals
  • Valley View Mall: 84 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Roanoke listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Roanoke?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 49 Cabins in Roanoke. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Roanoke include:

  • Houses: 320 rentals available
  • Cottages: 49 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 49 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Farmhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Roanoke?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 111 vacation rentals with pool available in Roanoke. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.