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Roanoke for Thanksgiving

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Newark, Delaware
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Roanoke for Thanksgiving

I am thinking about going to Roanoke VA over the Thanksgiving weekend.Can anyone advise of the weather conditions that time of year? Thanks!!!

Manassas, Virginia
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Over the past 4 years, my daughter went to VA Tech (Blacksburg) so my wife and I visited nearby Roanoke, Virginia, may times. Usually, the weather was bright and sonny, but one can never be 100% sure. The wonderful thing about Roanoke is that Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) has daily direct service along the NE Corridor from New York (daily) and Boston (Mon - Fri) to Lynchburg, with integrated bus service to Roanoke. Now one can make a single reservation for the train/bus combination at Amtrak's website.

Roanoke is a great destination for a Train Holiday: Hotel Roanoke (1882, built by Norfolk & Western), Virginia Museum of Transportation (largest steam engines ever built right in Roanoke); and O Winston Link Museum (steam era portrait museum, lots of train photos). Follow this link for details:


Note: .Amtrak recently (9/30) announced its Google-engine driven, killer application accessible via computer and smartphone: "Track a Train". Accessible in 15 secs, the software allows anyone to check train status, location, speed, direction, station origin, and station destination. Go to www.amtrak.com, click on "Track A Train", type Train Number and click. This is big!

Edited: 10:44 am, October 08, 2013
Roanoke, Virginia
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2. Re: Roanoke for Thanksgiving

Roanoke can have varied weather and temps in November but generally, Thanksgiving should be a nice time of year for a visit. My family has come to visit at Thanksgiving the last two years and on both of those occasions, we have enjoyed sitting on a dock on the small lake in my neighborhood, enjoying the fall weather while the turkey cooked in the oven. We wore light fleece or polyester jackets, and even took those off in the warm sun and went canoeing. You might check out this website ( a local TV station weather site), and scroll down to look at "Search Past Weather Data" to get a look at typical weather over the last ten years: wdbj7.com/weather/…index.html

Roanoke, Virginia
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Just passing along a bit of info for Thanksgiving. Each year Roanoke has a 5K race, the Drumstick Dash, on Thanksgiving morning. This is a big event and lots of fun for all ages. Monies raised benefit the Rescue Mission. You might check this out if you are interested in this sort of thing. https://drumstickdash.net/

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