Things to Do
Where History & Nature Blend Together
Find nature at your doorstep when you step out of our hotel in Blacksburg. The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center is close to many of New River Valley's unique attractions.
Situated near the New River and the Blue Ridge Mountains, Blacksburg is a treasure trove of natural wonders. Every monument, museum, and building bears the city's rich heritage. Over the years, Southwest Virginia has cultivated a fascinating number of festivals you can participate in once you are here. Discover golf, dining, shopping, and nightlife near our prestigious hotel.
The Cascade Falls hike is about a 4-mile round trip moderate/easy hike along a creek that ends at the waterfall. Whether Cascade Falls is frozen or running water, it is a view to remember.
Dragon's Tooth is a 5.7-mile round trip for more adventurous hikers. The trail features rock climbing points and overlooks and ends in a gorgeous view of Southwest, VA.
McAfee's Knob trail is an 8.3-mile round trip leading to a natural rock ledge over the scenic Catawba Valley. There are several routes up to the knob, all of which are popular among locals.
The Huckleberry Trail is a paved bike and pedestrian path for those seeking a scenic view while exercising. The trail is about 5.8 miles and runs from the heart of Blacksburg to the New River Mall.
Natural Bridge, VA, is home to many natural wonders. The naturally formed rock bridge is a popular site as well as traveling down the Cedar Creek Trail and visiting the Caverns at Natural Bridge.
Thousands of years have shaped these caverns into the beauty they are today. The pet-friendly Dixie Caverns is open seven days a week and offers 45-minute cavern tours by their experienced guides to give you a whole experience of the mountain and the underground. They also show camping options year-round and several different souvenir and shopping opportunities.
Hokie Sports at Virginia Tech
What better way to feel at home in Blacksburg than to watch some Hokie sports? Virginia Tech has everyone's favorite sports games on campus all year. Please stop by to see why VT students are so passionate about their teams.
Pete Dye River Course
The beautiful Pete Dye River Course, located in Radford, Virginia, will meet your golfing and dining needs. The clubhouse rests on a cliff above the New River. Enjoy the premium view of the water and the greens. Virginia Tech proudly owns and integrates the school's ambiance into the design and experience at the River Course.
Baseball in Blacksburg
Attention, baseball fans! Southwest, VA, is home to two successful minor league baseball teams based in Salem and Pulaski. The Pulaski Yankees are a part of the Appalachian League. The Salem Red Sox play their home games at Salem Memorial Ballpark and are a part of the Carolina League. You can typically expect games for either team from April through September.
Virginia Museum of Transportation
The Virginia Museum of Transportation serves to preserve Virginia's transportation history and to admire the efforts that contributed to our transportation progression over the years. This Roanoke-based museum is home to a collection of around 2,500 objects from automotive to aviation and beyond categories.
Harrison Museum of African American Culture
The Harrison Museum of African American Culture is home to exhibits containing memorabilia, photographs, and objects that pertain to the African American experience in the Roanoke Valley. The collections also include moving stories and African and contemporary art to highlight the culture of the area's black communities.
The Salem Museum is home to exhibits featuring Salem's leading citizens and artists. Other shows chronicle Roanoke County's history, starting before 1802, including its surprisingly active role in the Civil War. The Salem Historical Society has been dedicated to "preserving the past, informing the future" since 1970.
Moss Arts Center
The Moss Arts Center is an impressive Virginia Tech building that presents artists from all over the world. Its claim to fame is its focus on offering acts with a cultural awareness aspect to them. Their calendar is always full of unique performances.
Taubman Museum of Art
The Taubman Museum of Art is home to more than 2,000 works of art. There are exhibits from the 19th century to the modern-day, featuring photography, design, decorative arts, and more. This museum promotes creativity through its unique exhibitions as well as its unique architecture.
The Lyric Theatre is a classically designed theatre located in the heart of downtown Blacksburg and a few steps from Virginia Tech's campus. Inexpensive movies, plays, and live music always play at the Lyric.
Paragon Theaters/McClain's features newly released movies with luxury seating, full-service dining, bowling, and a bar all under one roof. It is located on South Main Street and is a popular destination for groups of friends, families, and large group events. Specials are offered throughout the week.
Center in the Square
Center in the Square supports seven cultural and educational organizations as a regional non-profit cultural center. The Center in the Square building is home to a 6,000-gallon aquarium, the Harrison Museum of African American Culture, the History Museum of Western Virginia, Mill Mountain Theatre, and the Science Museum of Western Virginia.
Pandapas Pond is an artificial body of water known for its excellent fishing and canoeing opportunities.
Claytor Lake is a beautiful park to swim, camp, hike, lounge, and fish. It also features boat and bike rentals, playgrounds, a snack bar, and more. There is something at Claytor Lake State Park for all ages.
Virginia Explore Park
The Virginia Explore Park is a recreational facility in Roanoke County, Virginia. Activities at this park range from hiking to sport fishing and kayaking to biking and beyond.
Chateau Morrisette is a beautiful estate located in nearby Floyd, Virginia. It features wine tastings, the rustic Chateau Morrisette Restaurant, and several special events. Live music from local groups is featured for "Sunday Sounds," the weekly concert. Stop by to spend the day relaxing on the patio or expanding your knowledge of wine with the various wine tastings. Another major perk to this winery: dogs are welcome!
Mill Mountain Zoo
Mill Mountain Zoo is the perfect destination for a day trip to Roanoke. It shares the mountain top with the famous Roanoke Star and the Mill Mountain Garden Club's Wildflower Garden. Home to all types of animals, this zoo is a haven for kids.
Steppin' Out is an all-day Blacksburg festival hosted in the summer over two days. This event features live performances, favorite festival foods, over 250 artists and craftspeople, and booths to shop from. Enjoy complimentary parking, shuttles, and admission.
Blacksburg Fork & Cork
Blacksburg Fork & Cork is an annual food, wine, and art festival hosted in the spring. Over 20 wineries attend to contribute to the wine sampling, local food vendors put on cooking demonstrations, and live music is played throughout the day.
Brew Do is Blacksburg's premier craft beer festival hosted in the fall. Craft brewers from the Mid-Atlantic Region gather at this festival with outstanding selections. Delicious food, live entertainment, and cooking and brewing demonstrations are provided.