Sightseeing in Roanoke


Museum Admission for Two or Four at O. Winston Link Museum (Up to 55% Off)

O. Winston Link Museum

Roanoke

Seven galleries trace photographer Link’s documentation of steam-powered rail

$10 $5

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Visit for Two, Four, or Six to Historic Smithfield Plantation (50% Off)

Historic Smithfield Plantation

Smithfield Plantation

Visitors travel back to the 18th century as they traverse the plantation house, garden, and grounds led by a costumed interpreter

$16 $8

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One-Year Membership for One or Two to Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library (40% Off)

Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library

Bedford

Members can explore their genealogy with the museum's expansive collection of historical files, and receive 10% off gift-shop purchases

$50 $30

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Visit and Walking Tour for Two or Four from National D-Day Memorial (Up to 50% Off)

National D-Day Memorial

Bedford

88-acre memorial with gardens, reflecting pool, and statues honors soldiers and commemorates pivotal WWII battle.

$20 $10

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Tour for Two, Four, or Six at Avoca Museum & Historical Society (Up to 53% Off)

Avoca Museum & Historical Society

Altavista

During 90-minute tours, explore a restored 1901 mansion whose grounds include six other historical buildings and a family cemetery

$10 $6

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Museum-Visit Package for Two or Four at Virginia Museum of Natural History (50% Off)

Virginia Museum of Natural History

Martinsville

Natural-history museum’s new Living on the Water exhibit opens July 26; other exhibits include Wild Watersheds and Fossil Overlook

$20 $10

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1st Saturday Vineyard Tour, Lunch, and Growlers for Two or Four at Lazy Days Winery (40% Off)

Lazy Days Winery

Lazy Days Winery

Winery set against Blue Ridge Mountains crafts Virginia-grown varietals from grapes grown on-site

$50 $30

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Admission for Two or Four and Credit at the Gift Shop at George C. Marshall Museum (55% Off)

George C. Marshall Museum

George C. Marshall Museum

Parents: children under twelve are always free, so bring the kids!

$20 $9

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Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tour for Two, Four, or Six at Stony Knoll Vineyards (Up to 50% Off)

Stony Knoll Vineyards

Dobson

Winery nestled in the Blue Ridge foothills with a tasting room that overlooks more than 48 acres of crops

$29 $15

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$11 for a Reserve Wine Tasting for Two with Souvenir Glasses at Stonefield Cellars Winery ($20 Value)

Stonefield Cellars Winery

Stonefield Cellars

Small-batch wines made from local grapes ranging from barrel-aged chardonnay to bold cabernet sauvignon

$20 $11

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$40 for a Double Date Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride Package from Camel City Carriage Company ($80 Value)

Camel City Carriage

At Old 4th St. Filling Station Restaurant

Driver ferries passengers settled inside a covered carriage through the city center, relaying historical anecdotes

$80 $40

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$30 for a Two-Hour Guided Segway Experience from Triad ECO Adventures ($49 Value)

Triad ECO Adventures

Downtown Winston-Salem

Gliding atop easy-to-operate Segways, guides lead their charges to notable architectural and cultural sites

$49 $30

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"Nightmares Around Elm Street" Haunted History Tour for Two or Four from Carolina History & Haunts (Up to 50% Off)

Carolina History & Haunts

Carolina History & Haunts

Under lantern light, tour guides tell haunting historical tales during a 90-minute outdoor walking tour of specter-laden local spots

$30 $16

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4 or 10 Groupons, Each Good for Admission for One to Virginia Discovery Museum (50% Off)

Virginia Discovery Museum

Downtown

Interactive children's museum features such hands-on activities as a mini Panera Bread, a frontier cabin, a post office, and a bee hive

$6 $3

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Visit to Home of President James Monroe for Two or Four at Ash Lawn-Highland (Up to 64% Off)

Ash Lawn-Highland

Charlottesville

Residence of President James Monroe features tours of the home and estate that illuminate 18th- and 19th-century living

$28 $10

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  • Roanoke
    While stationed on Long Island to conduct secret war research for the U.S. government during World War II, O. Winston Link started snapping photographs of the Long Island Railroad tracks behind his lab. Eager to capture large-scale railroad pictures at night, he built his own customized flash equipment. After the war, Link harnessed that creative curiosity by spending five years photographing the Norfolk and Western Railway, the last large steam-powered American railroad. From his 20 trips to the railway's tracks in four states, Link collected 2,400 pictures. His work didn't garner attention until the 1980s, when he published his first collection of railroad photos in the lauded book Steam, Steel & Stars. The West Virginia Historical Society continues to preserve his legacy with the O. Winston Link Museum, which showcases Link's Norfolk and Western project while filling in its historical context. Throughout seven galleries, patrons hear the sounds of bustling locomotive engines, adjust the lighting of an interactive diorama's photograph, and ogle Link's original photographic equipment, including flashbulbs, power boxes, and super power boxes. The museum underscores its edifying galleries with a plentitude of tours, workshops, and ongoing photography programs.
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    101 Shenandoah Ave
    Roanoke, VA US
  • Taubman Museum of Art
    As a center for the visual arts, we encourage a free exchange between the making of art, the display of art and the interpretation of art. Our programs endeavor to explore creativity from inspiration to presentation with the goal of engaging and intriguing our audiences.
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    110 Salem Avenue Southeast
    Roanoke, VA US
  • Virginia Museum of Transportation
    In the 1850s, the Norfolk & Western Railway made its way to Big Lick, Virginia, transforming the sleepy town into a locomotive hub of the south. The Virginia Museum of Transportation walks visitors through this industrial change with its historic steam and diesel engines, cabooses, model trains, and rail collection, which features more than 50 pieces of rolling stock, including some of the most advanced Roanoke-made steam engines ever built in the Norfolk & Western Class J-611 and Class A-1218. Railway exhibits recount the exploits of the industry’s most renowned names and provide an opportunity for visitors to hop aboard an actual diesel locomotive and complain loudly about the lack of complimentary peanuts. Additional engine-powered attractions include a century’s worth of automobiles and the recently reopened Wings Over Virginia Aviation Gallery collection.
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    303 Norfolk Ave. SW
    Roanoke, VA US
  • Blacksburg
    The Historic Smithfield Plantation invites visitors to step back into 1774. The house has sheltered the Preston family through the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, and now stands as a document of the past with a home and plantation grounds.
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    1000 Smithfield Plantation Rd.
    Blacksburg, VA US
  • Avoca Museums and Historical Society
    The Avoca Museum & Historical Society was once the site of the Revolutionary-era home of Colonel Charles Lynch and the centerpiece of a sprawling plantation. Today, it houses native artifacts and Civil War memorabilia curated to preserve local history. Size: 54 acres of land, including the sprawling Victorian house Eye Catcher: the main house, an American Queen Anne?style home built in 1901 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places; the interior has been lovingly restored to appear as it did in its heyday Permanent Exhibits: the replica of the 1880 cabin that originally stood on the site, including a rope bed and stone fireplace Don't Miss: the family graveyard?as well as a graveyard for the plantation's slaves?stand as a reminder of the land's history and provide some information about what African American life was like before the Civil War Pro Tip: the Avoca Museum is a popular wedding venue, so check the website's homepage or call ahead to make sure it's not closed for a private event
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    1514 Main St
    Altavista, VA US
  • Bedford City-County Museum
    The Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library serves as a depository for the history of the region. The museum gathers artifacts and stories from the past, along with genealogical data, into one place where community members can explore their ancestors' origins. Local historians deliver lectures at the museum's regular events, and genealogy classes share tips on how students can research their ancestry both in-person and online.
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    201 E Main St
    Bedford, VA US
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