- The Blue Ridge Parkway is close by in addition to Dixie Caverns, Virginia Explore Park, Science Museum of Western Virginia and Hopkins Planetarium, Virginia Museum of Transportation and the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum.
Recreation - Douthat State Park offers fully equipped cabins, plenty of campsites, miles of hiking trails, mountainous views and a trout-stocked lake.
Climate - Virginia generally has mild winters and warm humid summers. The mountainous Blue Ridge area has cold winter months with temperatures ranging from 36 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) and dropping below 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 Celsius). The state's summer temperatures have little variation. The summer mountainous Blue Ridge temperatures range from below 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 Celsius) to 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius).
Roanoke is conveniently located off Interstate 81 and the Blue Ridge Parkway south of Lexington and Rt. 64.