The Wilderness Road - Roanoke Valley

The Wilderness Road is an epic saga about the early migration and settlement of America. As the colonies were thriving along the east coast in the late 1600s, settlement west of the Appalachian Mountains remained a challenge for early explorers. Today's travelers along the road will discover historic downtowns where museum homes, artisan enclaves and cultural pearls lay strung along a scenic route through the valley and into the mountains of western Virginia.

Bring your group and rediscover what lured well-known pioneers such as Dr. Thomas Walker, Joseph Martin, and Daniel Boone to blaze trail that opened frontier to the early settlers. Take part in this classic American experience by visiting the Shenandoah Valley.

The Roanoke Loop (2days)

Day One – Experience one of the natural wonders of the world at the Natural Bridge of Virginia. Thomas Jefferson liked it so much he bought it from King George III in 1774. From its earliest development, the Town of Buchanan, Virginia was a principal crossing of the James River via the "Great Valley Road." Today the classic American experience is alive and well in Botetourt County and its downtowns.

Day Two – Visit Roanoke and walk in the footsteps of early settlers and discover the diversity of the region through historic districts like Downtown Roanoke with its historic City Market and the Virginia Museum of Transportation, Downtown Salem and the Town of Fincastle where Lewis and Clark started on their exploration.

Today, over 43 million Americans can trace their heritage to the families that migrated along the Wilderness Road. We invite you to blaze your own trail of discovery along the Wilderness Road and relive America's unique history and heritage.