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historic walking tours and wine tastings
gazing at hawks soaring above the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Or perhaps youd care for a concert in Roanoke? A dinner overlooking
the Peaks of Otter? Shopping in Lynchburg? Walking through Native American
villages at Virginias Explore Park? Come with us, then, and discover
the array of wonders that Bedford offers visitors of all ages and interests.
sports have never known such a home. Nestled in the protective embrace
of the mountains, this picturesque lake offers over 20,000 acres of playground
for boaters, fishermen, swimmers, skiers, sailors and water enthusiasts
of all ages. Smith Mountain Lake State Park, 1235 State Park Road, Huddleston,
VA 24104, 540-297-6066. For reservations or more information on any of
Virginia State Parks, call 1-800-933-PARK or visit www.dcr.state.va.us.
Peaks of Otter
Rising out of the Blue Ridge Mountains, two prominent peaks
stand out against the sky, giving Bedford one of the most beautiful backdrops
in Virginia. Contact the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center at 540-587-4995
or 877-HI-PEAKS (toll-free). For information on the Peaks of Otter Restaurant
and Lodge open year-round, call 800-542-5927 or 877-HI-PEAKS or visit
The Peaks are located 11 miles
from downtown Bedford. Blue Ridge Parkway Information line (toll-free
at 1-828-298-0398) provides a recorded message about the parkway and current
Georgia to Maine, with Bedford, Virginia, as the perfect resting place
this is the famous Appalachian Trail. Near Bedford, it meanders
through the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Washington-Jefferson National
Forest, offering some of the most striking scenery anywhere. Access the
AT at Milepost 91
on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Museum of Western Virginia
art exhibits, cultural resource library and educational programs. Located
in the Center in the Square, downtown Roanoke. 430-342-5760, www.artmuseumroanoke.org.
in the Square
Home to arts and entertainment, the Center in the Square houses
the Mill Mountain Theatre, Opera Roanoke, Roanoke Ballet Theatre, the
Science Museum of Western Virginia, the Hopkins Planetarium and the Arts
Museum of Western Virginia. 542-342-5700, www.centerinthesquare.org.
Museum of African American Culture
Featuring local and regional history and art exhibitions.
Museum of Transportation
Vintage trains, cars, carriages, exhibits and events.
Year-round live professional theatre on two stages.
Amherst, Alta Vista, Brookneal
Lynchburg and Central Virginia, a short drive from Bedfords downtown.
History, natural beauty, arts and culture in every direction.
and the Roanoke Valley
off Interstate 81 and one-half hour from Bedford on Route 460 West, Roanokes
cultural delights, living history, ethnic diversity and nationally recognized
attractions include exciting festivals and events, professional sports,
NCAA championships, fine dining, concerts, ballets and shows.
is "where the children play." The regional zoo offers picnic
facilities and restrooms located in the zoo and on park
grounds. A miniature train (additional charge) takes visitors
on a ride around the premises.
milepost 115 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, this outstanding outdoor living
history museum includes interpretations, mountain biking, hiking, fishing,
canoeing and kayaking, as well as picnic facilities. Open May through
October, with equipment rentals.
the heart of the Shenandoah Valley by visiting nearby Staunton, Waynesboro
and Augusta County, Virginia.
Staunton Augusta Visitors Center 800-332-5219
Waynesboro Augusta Co. Chamber of Commerce 800-471-3109
Visit the Appomattox National Historical Park, where Robert
E. Lee, Commanding General of the Army of Northern Virginia, surrendered
his men to Ulysses S. Grant, General-in-Chief of all United States forces,
on April 9, 1865. This 1,800-acre national park in central Virginia includes
the McLean home (surrender site) and the village of Appomattox Court House,
the former county seat for Appomattox County. Also visit the Appomattox
Museum, Clover Hill Village Living History Museum and more. Appomattox
Visitor Information Center, 434-352-2621, www.appomattox.com.
Old South truly lives in the quiet streets of Lexington, amid the hallways
of Washington & Lee University and the cadets of Virginia Military
Institute. Experience it: The National Historic Landmark, Lee Chapel and
Museum was built in 1867 under the supervision of Robert E. Lee, and he
and members of his family are buried beneath the chapel. Virginia Military
Institute, founded in 1839, is the oldest state-supported military college
in the nation. On May 15, 1864, the VMI Corps of Cadets
was engaged as a unit in the
Civil War battle at New Market, Virginia. Tour the Stonewall Jackson House,
the only home the Confederate general owned. Include a visit to the VMI
Museum and the George C. Marshall Museum. Choose a play or concert at
the Theater at Lime Kiln. Lexington & The Rockbridge Area Visitor
Center. 877-4-LEXVA2, www.lexingtonvirginia.com.
of the most renowned wonders of the new world, Natural Bridge was among
the more popular sites for worldwide visitors in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Even young surveyor
George Washington left his mark, carving his initials
on the bridge in 1750 while surveying the site for Lord Fairfax. Visit
the Natural Bridge, Cedar Creek Trail and Nature Park, The Natural Bridge
Caverns, The Wax Museum and Factory.
Natural Bridge Inn & Conference Center 800-533-1410
Natural Bridge Wax Museum and Factory Tour, 800-323-8843.
tinsmith and a local photographer uncovered the wonders of Luray Caverns
in 1878. Since then, millions have made Luray Caverns the most popular
cave in Eastern America and an internationally acclaimed destination.
Four million centuries in the making beneath Virginias Shenandoah
Valley, this U. S. Natural Landmark awaits your discovery. 540-743-6551,
in Salem, Dixie Caverns not only takes you down
into the wonders of the Earth but up, as well, into
the mountain itself, opening to the magnificent cathedral