If you're planning a visit to Roanoke College, you'll find a beautiful campus in a classic college town with a vibrant city and beautiful countryside just minutes away. We're only 10 minutes from the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport, with direct flights to more than nine cities in the Midwest and on the East Coast. Roanoke is on the Northeast Regional Amtrak line. We're 3–4 hours by car from Charlotte N.C., Richmond, Va., and Washington D.C.
Whatever your reason for visiting Roanoke College—a campus tour, business meeting, professional conference, athletic event or alumni gathering—please stay awhile! The Roanoke Valley, which includes the cities of Salem and Roanoke, the county of Roanoke and several other localities, offers you so much to do, with great restaurants, shopping and museums, plus a host of opportunities for outdoor recreation and adventure.
A University of Kentucky study ranked the City of Roanoke's quality of life among the top 20 in the United States.
The fun beckons
FloydFest is an annual music festival featuring past performers like Ziggy Marley, Michael Franti, Ben Harper and Lauryn Hill.
The trains running through downtown Roanoke. The railroad was instrumental in the development of our region. (Photo courtesy of Terry Aldhizer)
Grab a tube and take your pick of local rivers and creeks.
A scene from downtown Roanoke at night.
The Roanoke Valley offers so many great hiking trails and so many great views.
Downtown Roanoke offers your choice of many restaurants, bars, coffee shops and music venues.
Roanoke's new Elmwood Park Amphitheater is a great place to see local and national music performances. Sheryl Crow was the inaugural performer here and Colbie Caillat, Christina Perri and Joan Jett are performing this summer.
The Taubman Museum is great for art lovers and provides a stunning location for local events.
Catch a play at Mill Mountain Theatre.
Nearby Smith Mountain Lake and Claytor Lake offer a great place to relax or try out some water sports.
Hiking the famed Appalachian Trail, which runs right by our campus.
Want a nice evening out? Check out the Grandin Village — see a movie, go to dinner or just walk around.