Quality Inn Roanoke Airport
6626 Thirlane Rd.
Roanoke, VA 24019
Phone: (540) 366-8861
Fax: (540) 366-1637
The enormous green stretch of 1.8 million acres of the George Washington & Jefferson National Forests is one of the important natural reserves of the nation. Part of the Appalachian Hardwood Forest, the George Washington Forest and Jefferson National Forest are combined together for administrative purposes. A visit here will get you well acquainted with a large variety of rare plants and trees, endangered species of animals, birds and reptiles. Hunting, fishing, natural trails, mountain biking, camping and many other activities are offered here. However, while enjoying you need to follow the regulations and rules laid down by the Forest Authority. So if you are planning a picnic at the George Washington & Jefferson National Forests, head to the Forest Service office for comprehensive brochures and detailed information about the place.
Dedicated to the former State Senator of Virginia - Senator William B. Hopkins Sr., Hopkins Planetarium is a state-of-the-art dome that hosts educational shows related to the astronomical and cosmic phenomena. These shows are entertaining as well as informative and are crafted specifically to cater to the grasping ability of kids. Located inside the Science Museum of West Virginia, the planetarium is an ideal place for school groups where kids can learn about the solar system and the stars in an interactive manner. Call to know about group price details.
In the sovereign city of Roanoke, Virginia,, the Fire Station No. 1 is a celebrated former fire station. It was constructed by eminent architects Huggins and Bates. Built in 1907, it stands stern and elegant even after several decades of its establishment. It is renowned for its great history and the first fire engine truck was bought over in 1911. The architectural pattern followed is the Georgian Revival style. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on May 7, 1973.
Virginian Railway Station is located on the corner of Jefferson Street and was built in 1909. It is one of the only existing examples of the Spanish Revival style architecture in Virginia. It served as a railway station for over 45 years. A fire in 2001 almost destroyed the building. The station is being restored and will be put to some good use.
Standing atop Roanoke's Mill Mountain, the Roanoke Star is the largest illuminated star to have been created by man. Built in 1949 to inaugurate the year's Christmas festivities, the star soon became a permanent attraction, and has been responsible for giving Roanoke the title of 'Star City of the South'. Standing tall at a height of 1045 feet (318.52 meters), the star is visible from high above the city.
Mill Mountain Zoo is located atop the beautiful Mill Mountains in Roanoke City. The zoo dates back to 1952 and was accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) in 1995. It houses more than 50 species of animals, birds, and reptiles; some of them rare and endangered. The main attractions at the zoo are a Siberian Tiger 'Ruby', an African Elephant 'Frump-Frump', a Japanese macaque 'Oops', Red Pandas, Snow Leopards, White-Naped Cranes and Bald Eagles. Enjoy a fun ride on 'Zoo Choo', the miniature model G-16 train which travels along the length and breadth of the zoo, through an animal-themed tunnel. A plethora of school trips, excursions and birthday parties are also held here. Mill Mountain Zoo is a day-long experience. Be there and live it!
The sprawling landscape of Green Hill Park invites many to a fun day out with family and friends. Located in Salem, the park is the heart of popular local events that range from sports to culture. The park is best for hiking and trekking expeditions and with the Roanoke River close by, you can even enjoy a bit of fishing. The park also includes a massive equestrian center that stretches across 20 acres and conducts many related activities. So for a splendid day out while in Salem, check out the Green Hill Park.
While enjoying a leisurely stroll through the forest, experience first hand through costumed interpretation the life of the 1671 Native American, the rugged existence of the 1757 frontier fort dweller, and the evolution of an 1850s community in young America. Authentic and replica buildings serve as a backdrop for this fascinating journey and include a Native American village, frontier fort, one-room school, grist mill, working farm, blacksmith shop, and riverside batteau site. Year 'round, visitors can savor lunch or dinner Wednesday through Sunday at the Historic Brugh Tavern or enjoy mountain biking, hiking, fishing, and picnicking from dawn to dusk daily at no charge. The Historic Areas seasonal opening is April 2.
Beginning in Georgia and stretching northward to Georgia, the Blue Ridge Mountains are known for their unique blueish color and is home to the Blue Ridge Parkway, a 469-mile long scenic highway. Besides the natural beauty of the blue mountains and wildlife, The parkway travels through twenty nine counties, which are well worth a visit to experience regional food and local hospitality. There are also four lodges scattered throughout the parkway for those who wish to turn their road trip into an extended getaway.
Troutville Town Park, located centrally in the city, is the hub of activities. The park offers several recreational activities including space for events, day picnics, trail walks and play area for kids. The park has several amenities like rest rooms and sheltered areas and shades that make it an ideal location to soak up the sun. If you are looking for a place spend some leisurely and relaxed time in the arms of nature, Troutville Town Park is the place to go.
Dixie Caverns are fantastic show caves, situated in Roanoke County in southwest Virginia. Brilliant rock formations greet you at these limestone caves. The star attraction at Dixie is a bell-shaped flow stone formation, popularly known as the 'Wedding Bell'. Multiple weddings have been held at the location. The caverns are a very popular campground too, with spaces available for tents, and facilities including electricity, internet and WiFi. The Dixie Caverns Gifts & Rock Shop is a favorite among tourists. Visit website for information.
This majestic statue watches over Sejongro Boulevard, the main street leading to Kyongbuk Palace. Admiral Yi Sun Shin is regarded as a national hero due to his accomplishments as a naval commander in late 1500s conflicts against the Japanese. He improved upon the design of the kobuksan--or ‘turtle ships' as they are nicknamed in English--the first iron-clad ships in the world. He fought and led several battles and is regarded for having exceptional courage and loyalty. The admiral was also a scholar and a writer.