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If you’re looking for your next big outdoor adventure, Smyth County, Virginia is full of thrills, scenic beauty, and the perfect wilderness experience. Smyth County is the gateway to Virginia’s tallest mountains, Mt. Rogers and White Top. Smyth County is also home to the famous Hungry Mother State Park. Mount Rogers / White Top Take a scenic drive to the tallest mountains in Virginia.   White Top Mountain / Scenic Overlook White Top is a 39-minute scenic drive from downtown...

Planning a great family getaway has never been easier! We’ve composed the top family fun adventures in Smyth County just for you! Smyth County is full of dining, outdoor, shopping, and family-friendly activities.  Chilhowie Take a stop in the “Valley of many deer” Begin your journey in Chilhowie, by stretching your legs on the riverwalk trail and learn more about Smyth County at the visitor center. Chilhowie is also a great location for dining at the popular Riverfront...

If you’re seeking a quirky roadside attraction tour, Smyth County has some well-known locations you cannot miss! During this two-day and one-night stay, you can surely enjoy the local staples of Smyth County. DAY 1 America’s coolest hometown of Marion is full of fun and exciting adventures. Hungry Mother State Park, the Lincoln Theatre, and The Wayne Henderson School, just to name a few. While on your trip to Marion, consider these must-see roadside attractions!     View this post...

If you're looking to explore an area of Southwest Virginia that is immersed in beauty, history, and moonshine, Franklin County has to be on your list. Franklin County is home to two beautiful lakes, breweries, distilleries, and plenty of quaint downtown areas. Franklin County also acts as a gateway to the Blue Ridge Parkway, 'Round the Mountain Artisan Trails, and is of course the Moonshine Capital. Downtown Rocky Mount Rocky Mount serves as the county seat to...

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, we're putting together a list of LOVEly ideas for couples this year. Rather you are looking forward to a fun mini-cation or a relaxing retreat, Southwest Virginia just might be the perfect destination for you! Make plans to treat yourself and your significant other to an unforgettable experience. Places to Stay Cozy Cabin for Two Enjoy some alone time with your significant other in a cozy cabin tucked away in the...

Southwest Virginia, Home away from home If there is one thing about Southwest Virginia to love, it's the rural countryside. Rather you're driving down Interstate 81 or a winding country road, you'll pass by beautiful farmlands, mountain ranges, and some of the best scenery in the state. We live in small, close-knit communities, where everybody knows your name. In Southwest Virginia, no one is a stranger, because we're always eager to greet ya. If you're looking...

Small Town Charm Nothing beats a friendly face in a small Southwest Virginia town. On these main streets, you'll find locally owned businesses where they truly care about you and yours. Rather you're looking for a meal, a place to stay, or a unique shopping experience, SWVA has you covered. Pictured above is Main Street in Marion, Virginia. Marion is home to fun things like Hungry Mother State Park, The Lincoln Theatre, Back of the Dragon,...

Fall is here and so is the opportunity for some beautiful photography! Perhaps you are looking to head out on an Autumn leaves photo adventure and you want to take the best possible images. Here are our tips on getting the best pictures this Fall (and any time of year). Location, Location, Location Location is extremely important when taking landscape photos. Sure, there are many beautiful locations stretched across the region, but finding those sweet spots is...

Fall is here and perhaps you are looking for the perfect sightseeing locations for the changing leaves. While there are no bad views in Southwest Virginia, there are some locations that really stand out. We've gathered a list full of great sightseeing locations from across the region. Molly's Knob, Hungry Mother State Park   View this post on Instagram   Today’s #virginiacities feature: Molly’s Knob near Marion VA by @lost_hiker_ A post shared by virginiacities (@virginiacities) on May 21, 2020...

No matter what type of trip you're looking for, Southwest Virginia has a lot of great options for a short weekend getaway. Enjoy some scenic drives, visit a winery, or even rent a country cabin. Whether you're traveling solo or with the family, we know you'll have a great retreat. Here's a few ideas to get you started. Scenic Drives If there is one thing Southwest Virginia is known for, it's our scenic drives and road trips....