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New Downtown Virtual Tour is Here!

Category:  What’s New

We're excited to share a new way to explore Downtown Roanoke from anywhere! The new Downtown Roanoke Virtual Tour is an easy way to explore the area and find something new. The virtual tour has many interesting and helpful features for those visiting or new to Roanoke and those already familiar with downtown.

The virtual tour features high-resolution, 360-degree panoramic views allowing you to navigate and zoom in to see the area in greater detail.

  • Explore local venues, hotels, food, and shopping options.
  • Find convenient off-street parking and see what rates you can expect.
  • Learn more about the history of downtown with historic “then” and “now” photos.
  • See and explore downtown living options.

For the best experience exploring the virtual tour, we recommend accessing it on a desktop computer.

Take me to the virtual tour

Want to learn more about the tour and how to navigate around? Keep reading!

Start your tour then choose an area to explore.

Have a look around then click on a venue to take a closer look.

Click to explore area businesses, entertainment options, and parking.

Learn about businesses in the area including shopping, dining, museums and more. The above key shows what the symbols mean.

For businesses that host events, see what they have coming up on the "Event" tab.

Find parking in the area you're exploring.

Click to see more information including address, rates, and additional details. We've highlighted PARK Roanoke lots and garages in the tour. These lots are owned by the City of Roanoke. They offer convenient parking at a reasonable rate.

Look into the past with historic photos of Downtown Roanoke.

Enjoy seeing and learning about Downtown Roanoke's past.

Click this symbol and look over interesting historic photos that allow you to compare "Then" to "Now".

Click and slide back and forth to compare and learn some of the history from the building, photo, or area.

Find downtown living options in your preferred area.

Downtown Roanoke is the city's most engaging place to live and over 2,500 people call it home.

Downtown living options are highlighted throughout the tour so you can get a sense of what living options are available and what's nearby to each.

There's a lot to see in this new virtual tour so take some time and explore. Share it with people you think will enjoy it and anyone visiting the area so they can get familiar with what to expect and plan their visit.

Special thanks to those who helped with the history elements of this tour including: Evie Slone, Alison Blanton, the Virginia Room at Roanoke Public Libraries, the History Museum, and Ken Miller with N&W Historical Society.

Thank you to Lightning Bird Adventures for the drone and photography work.

Go enjoy the tour