Top 10 Things to See, Do and Enjoy in Roanoke, VA

RV camping in Roanoke, Virginia opens up a whole world of enjoyable experiences. No matter whether your family loves to play outdoors, learn local history or soak up Blue Ridge Mountain culture, there’s a fun place to do it in Roanoke.

If you’re ready for a Virginia RV camping vacation, here are ten tips for having fun in Roanoke:

  1. Appalachian Trail – Just twelve miles from Roanoke, the Daleville Trailhead on the Appalachian Trail is your starting point for extraordinary views from overlooks like McAfee Knob. Use these official Appalachian Trail Maps to plan your hike.
  2. The Blue Ridge Parkway runs alongside Roanoke and for four hundred seventy miles through scenery that will keep your cameras clicking. We suggest picking a section to travel by RV on your trip to Roanoke; keep in mind the 45mph speed limit as you plan.
  3. Bottoms Creek Gorge is ready and waiting to give active campers a three-and-a-half mile treat. Hardwood forests, a two-hundred foot waterfall and the chance to hike along a mountain stream make this trail a favorite with our readers.
  4. Carvins Cove Natural Reserve, the second largest urban park in America, encompasses a lake for boating and fishing, miles of trails where you can hike, bike or ride your horses and thousands of acres filled with wildlife and birds to photograph.
  5. Dixie Caverns in nearby Salem, VA give RV campers the chance to camp on-site while visiting an underground wonderland, shopping at the antiques mall and buying souvenirs at the gift shop, rock shop and Dixie Caverns Pottery.
  6. Mill Mountain Park and Discovery Center at the top of Roanoke’s urban mountain offers RV camping families plenty of room to burn off steam. Hike the forest trails, take part in Discovery Center nature activities and be sure to visit the Mill Mountain Star by night—eight stories of softly glowing man-made beauty on a mountain top!
  7. Mill Mountain Zoo – This mountain top zoo gets high marks from visiting RVers. Take the family a day spent learning about snow leopards, red pandas and Andean condors as well as familiar favorites.
  8. Natural Bridge and Natural Bridge Caverns are just forty minutes from Roanoke and more than worth the drive. Be prepared to be amazed by the natural stone arch that has played a big role in Blue Ridge history. The Natural Bridge Caverns take visitors more than thirty stories into the earth to reveal fantastic natural formations. Special ticket offers allow you to visit both attractions, so be sure to check online before you go.
  9. Roanoke City Market delights visitors looking for the chance to buy locally grown food in a festive outdoor setting. Shop for fruit and vegetables, plants and artisan-made items at this historic outdoor venue.
  10. Virginia Museum of Transportation is another great place to spend time on your Roanoke RV camping vacation. Your kids will be fascinated with the four-decker model train exhibit, steam locomotives and exhibits covering the history of auto, bus and aviation travel in America.

Before you go to Roanoke on vacation, check out our Roanoke RV rentals at El Monte RV. We’re here to help Monty’s Musings readers have a great vacation in the Blue Ridge Mountains!

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