Roanoke: A Town You Need to Visit This Summer

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Have summer plans? Make a point to explore the Roanoke Region this summer.

Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine named Roanoke one of “9 Towns You Need to Visit This Summer.” Roanoke makes the list with places such as Morgantown, N.C.; Evans, Ga.; and Seneca, S.C.

Here’s what the magazine had to say about Roanoke:

“A vibrant food scene, a superb greenway, the Blue Ridge Parkway on one side and the Appalachian Trail on the other makes Roanoke a must-visit. McAfee Knob (pictured above) — one of the most-photographed spots on the AT—is a short drive and an 8-mile hike from downtown, and in Carvins Cove you’ll find 12,000 acres of woodlands to explore on mountain biking trails (from bomber downhills to fire roads to cross-country single-track) and on foot. And if you’re a road cyclist, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a stone’s throw from downtown and there’s some mighty fine riding along those rolling hills.”

Make sure to go look at the entire list … and start making plans for the rest of the summer!

Region Makes List of Places to Visit in 2016

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What do Kassel, Germany; Hong Kong; and the Star City have in common? They are all part of LandLopers “16 Places You Should Visit in 2016.”

The travel blog’s list contains destinations around the globe and has this to say about the Roanoke Region: “Virginia’s mountain regions including the Blue Ridge and the Appalachian Trail, have always been known for their rural beauty, but lately more and more people from around the world are discovering that the region’s culture is just as interesting. Start off in Roanoke, the Star City, and learn about how this city has transformed itself over the last decade. Also be sure to spend some time either driving the Blue Ridge Parkway or hiking the Appalachian Trail for your own A Walk in the Woods experience. Finish things off with a stay at the secluded Primland Resort, recently named one of the best hotels in the world.”

So make a point to check the Roanoke Region of your list if you aren’t from the area and consider some of the other destinations as well. You can find the full list from LandLopers.