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PARI is a former NASA facility that is now an active center for research and STEM education. Radio telescopes 26M (85ft.), space flight artifacts, meteorites, minerals, scenic views, hiking trails. A ‘Dark Sky’ designated location. Day tour, night viewings with optical telescopes and astronomy instruction. Family style cabin rooms… Read More
Open 365 days a year, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies—and all of the curious creatures that call it home—are looking forward to welcoming you soon! Rated best U.S. Aquarium. Big sharks, penguins & thousands of exotic sea creatures. Offering camps, sleepovers, parties, plus additional attractions, events & adventures. (888)… Read More
Riverstone Organic Farm – 708 Thompson Road, Floyd, VA. Just 3 miles from Parkway Milepost 149.2. Certified Organic working farm with vegetables and livestock. Walking paths, riverside picnic area and farm store with fresh local meat, eggs, produce, fruit and flowers, plus artisan products and gifts. Workshops, events and tours… Read More
Roanoke Co+op is Virginia’s largest food co-op. Located in the Star City, Roanoke Co+op proudly serves its community from two locations, Grandin Village and Downtown Roanoke. The co-op focuses on local, organic and natural foods as well as giving back to the community! Become an owner if you like. Read More
SeaQuest Lynchburg takes guests on adventures through rainforests, deserts and the depths of the seas. With exciting exhibits and activities for families and children of all ages, guests can get wet with the stingrays, feed birds and reptiles, marvel at the sharks, take selfies with the snakes and more!… Read More
Explore an underground world of wonders that has been thrilling visitors for almost 100 years at Shenandoah Caverns. It’s Virginia’s only cavern with elevator service! There’s also a historic soda fountain serving classic menu items (open seasonally) and American Celebration on Parade and Mainstreet of Yesteryear exhibits.  Caverns and… Read More
Skyline Caverns – US 340, 1 mile south of Front Royal. On your one-hour tour, a knowledgeable guide will escort you through the caverns, explaining the unusual Anthodite formations & geological history while challenging your imagination, making your tour educational, exciting, and entertaining. Open all year. Miniature train, gift… Read More
For 90 years in Asheville & surrounding areas, the craft guild has showcased the region’s finest craftsmen through exhibitions, craft shops, special events, and fairs. Today, we are the second-oldest craft organization in America representing 800 Appalachian makers of contemporary & traditional craft from 293 counties in 9 states. The… Read More
Our mission at Spikenard Honeybee Sanctuary is to promote sustainable beekeeping through education, research, and the honeybee sanctuary, where people can experience a beautiful landscape in which honeybees and pollinators thrive. Visit for a workshop, event, tour days, or to volunteer. We’re located just minutes from Parkway Milepost 149.2… Read More
The Blowing Rock – North Carolina’s oldest Travel Attraction providing breathtaking views 4,090 feet above John’s River Gorge. Prevailing winds return light objects thrown over the void. Visit us on Highway 321 South in Blowing Rock, NC for your iconic photo. Available for weddings and special events. www.theblowingrock.com. Read More