Roanoke is both a classic city dating back to 1852 and the current hub of culture and commerce in southwest Virginia. Downtown Roanoke provides a historic district, a lively market, innovative apartment structures, flowing business, humming nightlife, extensive dining, and a variety of modern entertainment options.
Roanoke was named the best city in America for new college grads in 2017, as well as, "America's next coolest city." It routinely shows up on lists of the best places to live and, just as importantly, to play. Roanoke is unique in that the bustling city is immediately surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains. Quieter suburbs stretch out into the Roanoke Valley, which offers hiking, outdoor sports, boating, hunting, and an array of neighborhood styles to choose from. Local economy is boosted by being an educational and medical hotspot, with three major hospitals, two medical schools, a regional airport, plus Roanoke College, Hollins College, Virginia Western, and nearby Virginia Tech.
In the past two years, Roanoke has been awarded as an All-American City, One of America’s Most Livable Communities, A Top Ten Digital City, The Next Great Neighborhood, the Best Trail Town, and One of the Best Cities on the Rise. You can learn more at VisitRoanoke.com