Downtown Roanoke is Just a Day Trip away from Galax

Cradled within the Virginia countryside, cast to flawless days and mountain beauty, is downtown Roanoke. This historical wonder is a languid 2 hours from your Galax Inn, allowing for scenic travel and thrilling destinations. Discover a past like no other, and create a present you'll never forget.

History Museum of Western Virginia
One Market Square
Roanoke, VA  24011
(540) 342-5770

Centered among the heart of Roanoke, this BBOnline-recommendation offers an unparalleled glimpse into both the city and the state. With a collection of rare photographs, books and artifacts, it lets guests understand the century that defined Virginia. With an extensive library, an ever-shifting roster of lecturers and unique exhibits (such as the Crystal Spring Pumping Station, which allows visitors to view the workings of pistons and steam), it will become a favorite. The museum's hours change, however, and should be noted: it is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Plan well.

Taubman Museum of Art
110 Salem Ave SE
Roanoke, VA 24011
(540) 342-5760

This staggering structure (over 80,000 square feet is elegantly offered in contemporary lines and glass walls) is the treasure of downtown Roanoke. With its devotion to American art - with an emphasis on the brush-strokes of Appalachian painters - it becomes the ultimate example of culture and design. Guests will be delighted with the juxtaposition of the new and the primitive. The galleries are open, though, at uncommon times (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays and 12 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays) and scheduling must be done.

Jefferson Center
541 Luck Avenue
Roanoke, VA 24016
(540) 345-2550

With the impressive combination of dramatic architecture and yearly shows, the Jefferson Center becomes the refuge of the artistic. Its dedication to crafting peerless performances marks it worthy of any vacation. And, though created originally to serve as a school, its design has been reshaped, offering an unexpected opulence and gilded modernism. BBOnline recommends that you contact the box office for tickets and times, choosing the right show for you. With a mixture of the operatic and the folkish, you are certain to find one that pleases.

Harrison Museum Of African American Culture
523 Harrison Avenue Northwest
Roanoke, VA 24016-1740
(540) 345-4818

Seeking to illuminate the intricacies of Africa, the Harrison Museum is not to be missed while traveling through downtown Roanoke. Its generously donated collections allow guests to learn of a world far different than the southern gentility they're strolling through. With paintings, bronze works and weaponry, it becomes a lesson unmatched. And, with its political and social exhibits, it will be more than an educational experience; it will be a moving one. Groups of more than 10 are required to schedule a tour. Others can simply walk in. Monday through Friday, the museum is open 1 p.m. to 5 p.m..

The Historic Roanoke City Market
213 Market St.
Roanoke VA 24016-1740
(540) 342-2028

No trip from your Galax Bed and Breakfast would be complete without the Historic Roanoke City Market. This delightful gathering of seasonal treats, antiquities and bright blooms will offer hour after hour of pleasure. Tour the countless stalls, surrounded by good bargains and delicious finds. It's the perfect end to any day. The Market is available all year and is sure to satisfy. It is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Tour brilliant downtown Roanoke and discover beyond the assumptions. There is much to see and even more to enjoy.