Don’t just take it from us. The Roanoke Region has been mentioned numerous times by national media as a place that you want to be. The localities that make up the region have also been noted for some pretty high honors as well, including Roanoke earning more All-America City Awards than any other U.S. city from the National Civic League.

Regionally, the area has been named a top outdoor town by Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine three times and been noted as a top Place Millennials Can Afford and Actually Want to Live In (Penny Hoarder) and one of the Best Cities for New Grads (GoodCall).

2019 Media Mentions & Accolades

2018 Honors

  • Blue Ridge Outdoors: Best of the Blue Ridge Winners Includes Blue Ridge Marathon
  • Women’s Running: “Hiking the Appalachian Trail’s Triple Crown”
  • Outside: Roanoke Named One of “America’s Smartest Towns”
  • Virginia Living: “Roanoke is a Serious Food Town” (What’s Old Is New)
  • Men’s Journal: Roanoke has one of “7 Most Epic, Secret Mountain Bike Trails in America”
  • Bicycling: Roanoke Highlighted in “The Top 6 Secret Mountain Bike Destinations in the U.S.”
  • Runner’s World: Blue Ridge Marathon Among “Hardest Races in the World”
  • USA Today: Roanoke Named a Top Market for Jobs
  • Matador Network: Roanoke is 1 of 20 Cool Cities You Should Check out Before Everyone Else
  • IMBA: Region Earns Silver-Level Ride Center Status; First Location on East Coast
  • Governing: Beer Boom: How One City Used Suds to Brew Up a New Economy
  • The Washington Post: Roanoke is Fit For Whatever Kind of Vacation You Have in Mind
  • Forbes: Big Lick Brewing Named to 50 Fastest-Growing Craft Breweries in the United States
  • Expedia: Roanoke is a Favorite Destination
  • Singletracks Magazine: 10 Best U.S. Mountain Bike Towns with Lowest Cost of Living
  • American Trail Running Association: Featured Trail Town
  • Livability.com: Best Affordable Places to Live
  • TripAdvisor: Great American Small Cities to Visit in 2018
  • VacationIdea: 25 Most Beautiful East Coast Destinations
  • HealthyWay: Get Lost (And Find Yourself) On America’s 6 Best Hikes (featuring Dragon’s Tooth)

2017 Highlights