Fodor's Expert Review Roanoke Star
Even in daylight, the Roanoke skyline is dominated by a star. The 100-foot-tall Mill Mountain Star, constructed in 1949, stands in a city park 1,000 feet above the Roanoke Valley. It is lighted in red, white, and blue each evening. From either of the park's two overlooks, Roanoke, the "Star City of the South," looks like a scale model of a city, framed by wave after wave of Appalachian ridgelines. You can hike or bike the mountain's greenway trail.