In Virginia, natural beauty takes many forms, and none is more striking than a majestic rock formation in the Blue Ridge Mountains which has historically been considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Natural Bridge, a 215 foot tall limestone arch with a 90 foot span, is nature’s finest architecture on display.…

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At a tiny town in central Virginia, one of the greatest moments in the history of our country took place: the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee to Union General Ulysses S. Grant. This event – effectively the end of the Civil War – also ended one era of our country’s history and opened…

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If there are any animal lovers in your household, there’s a special adventure awaiting you in Lynchburg. Conveniently located in River Ridge Mall, SeaQuest is an aquarium with a big dose of land animals that offers kids a remarkably up-close, interactive experience.  The huge aquarium is the centerpiece. This big tank holds an array of…

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It has taken our family years to explore the well kept secrets of the Roanoke area, and in fact we keep discovering more treasures around the valley. One of our more recent discoveries is the Heritage Family Market, tucked away in the community of Fincastle. This little Mennonite-run hometown store has a lot to offer,…

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“Freedom isn’t free.” People my age have heard these words many times from our parents and grandparents, but for a generation far removed from a world war, it can be hard to truly understand what these words mean. Fortunately for us, there are places like the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford that bring these words…

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If your family is seeking to get away from the busy routine for a few hours and enjoy outdoor beauty and spring weather for free, Pandapas Pond might be the place for you. Beloved by fishermen, families, and college students alike, Pandapas Pond Day Use Area is nestled within the Jefferson National Forest a few…

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Adventure #35: Taubman Museum of Art Prominent among the diverse attractions of downtown Roanoke is the Taubman Art Museum. The first thing you’ll notice about the museum as you enter is its unique architecture. Completed in 2008, the museum facility was named after Nicholas Taubman, former US ambassador, major contributor to the new museum’s construction,…

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At the very beginning of 2021, a new natural wonder was added to the National Park System: the New River Gorge in West Virginia. It’s America’s 63rd National Park and the first addition to the National Park System since 2019… and it’s located just a 2 to 3 hour drive from Roanoke! If you’ve never…

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The mountains of southwest Virginia hold many treasures, and one of the most amazing is the New River. This river, unique in its geology, geography, and scenic beauty, winds its way north from its source in the corner of North Carolina. On its way to the Ohio River via West Virginia, it cuts a path…

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Family adventures take many forms. Sometimes they involve wandering the great outdoors; sometimes, exploring a new small town; sometimes, venturing underground. And sometimes, they involve rewarding yourself and your family for surviving a tougher-than-expected adventure… or just a tougher-than-expected week. Krispy Kreme has a long and storied history of soothing people with simple carbohydrates after…

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