Must see attractions in Blue Ridge Highlands & Southwest Virginia

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    O. Winston Link Museum

    Trainspotters aren't the only ones who will find this museum fascinating. It is home to a large collection of photographs, sound recordings and film by O…

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    Chateau Morrisette

    The Blue Ridge Mountains form an attractive backdrop at this winery 13 miles southwest of Floyd. Head to the swish tasting room to try the signature Black…

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    National D-Day Memorial

    During WWII, 30 Bedford National Guard soldiers joined the invasion of Normandy. Nineteen were killed in action on D-Day, the highest per capita loss of…

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    Mount Rogers National Recreation Area

    This seriously beautiful area is well worth a visit for outdoor enthusiasts. Hike, fish or cross-country ski among ancient hardwood trees and the state's…

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    Smith Mountain Lake State Park

    Smith Mountain State Park is located on the north shore of an enormous, 32-square-mile reservoir, one of the most popular recreation spots in Southwestern…

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    Taubman Museum of Art

    The jewel in Roanoke's cultural crown, this impressive museum is set in a sculptural steel-and-glass edifice. Inside, you'll find a small permanent…

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    Heartwood is a showcase of regional crafts, cuisine, wine, craft beer and traditional music. There are exhibition spaces, retail galleries, a restaurant …

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    Mabry Mill

    One of the most photographed buildings in the state, the mill nests in such a gloriously green vale you'll think you've entered the opening chapter of a…

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    Center in the Square

    The city's cultural heartbeat, where you'll find three museums, a butterfly garden, aquariums and a theater. The museums cover African American culture,…

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    White Rock

    The setting is lovely at this winery and brewery 17 miles east of Roanoke. Pop into the tasting room to try its crisp White Mojo, a blend of Pinot Gris,…

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    Fairy Stone State Park

    What's with the name? Well, the park grounds contain a huge amount of staurolite, a mineral that crystallizes at 60 or 90 degree angles, giving it a cross…

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    Roanoke Star & Mill Mountain Park

    Mill Mountain Park has walking trails, a discovery center, a zoo (adult $9, child aged three to 11 years $7) and grand views of Roanoke. It's also home to…

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    Peaks of Otter Winery

    The countryside around Bedford is speckled with vineyards, including this winery with attached orchard (pick your own fruit August through October). It…

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    Puckett Cabin

    The last home of mountain midwife Orleana Hawks Puckett (1844–1939), who delivered more than 1000 babies. The site of the property is dotted with…

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    Hickory Hill Winery

    This winery, anchored by a charming 1923 farmhouse, welcomes picnickers including family groups. Try its Mist, a blend of chardonnay and Vidal Blanc.

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    Smithfield Plantation

    This building from 1774 is an excellent example of late colonial architecture. Find it adjacent to the Virginia Tech campus.