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The Roanoke Valley is located in southwest Virginia, and proximity to major interstates puts it within 500 miles of many of the major business, economic, and population regions of the United States. It is located at the southern end of the famous Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with the Blue Ridge Mountains to the southeast and the Appalachian range to the northwest.
While significant areas of the county are rural and mountainous, most residents live in the suburbs near Roanoke and Salem in the Roanoke Valley. Roanoke is the commercial and cultural hub of much of the surrounding area of Virginia and Southwest Virginia. Roanoke's festivals and cultural events include the Chili Cook-Off, Festival in the Park, Local Colors Festival, Henry Street Festival, Big Lick Blues Festival, Strawberry Festival, and the large red, white, and blue illuminated Mill Mountain Star on Mill Mountain, which is visible from many points in the city and surrounding valley.
The Roanoke Valley, with its mountain beauty, historic heritage and southern grace is a sightseers paradise. Wherever your interest leads you - into the wonders of science and nature, the lessons of history or the beauty of art - the Valley is sure to please. Visitors of all ages are sure to have mountains of fun!
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SKYLINE DRIVE... The Skyline Drive runs 105 miles north and south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park and is the only public road through the park. You can enter Shenandoah at four places: Front Royal near Rt. 66 and 340, Thornton Gap at Rt. 211, Swift Run Gap at Rt. 33, and Rockfish Gap at Rt. 64 and Rt. 250 (also the northern entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway). It takes about three hours to travel the entire length of the park on a clear day.
As you travel along Skyline Drive you will notice mileposts on the west side (right side if you are traveling south) of the road. These posts help you find your way through the park and help you locate areas of interest. The mileposts begin with 0.0 at Front Royal and continue to 105 at the southern end of the park.
The speed limit is 35 mph, so you can roll down your windows, feel the breeze and experience every curve and turn of this beautiful drive. There are 75 overlooks that offer stunning views of the Shenandoah Valley to the west or the rolling Piedmont to the east. The park purposely leaves the roadsides unmowed so wildflowers put on a show all year long.