Roanoke , Virginia, called the "Star City of the South" and "Magic City," is a charming city with beautiful views. A colorfully lighted 100 ft. Star atop Mill Mountain graces the Roanoke Valley. The city is situated between Virginia Tech and Smith Mountain Lake in Southwest Virginia. The Roanoke Valley has a population of around 300,000.
In addition to Greyhound service, there is one daily Amtrak train to/from the Northeast Corridor, including cities such as Washington D.C., New York, and Boston. There is an airport with service to Washington, Detroit, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Chicago, Tampa area (St. Petersburg), and New York. The airport is about 10 minutes from downtown and right next to the major city mall - Valley View Mall. A Greyhound bus station is located on Campbell Avenue in downtown Roanoke. Roanoke is at exit 146 on I-81, about 40 minutes north-east of Blacksburg, 40 minutes south of Lexington. It is about 4 hours drive from Washington and 3 hours from Richmond