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Best things to do in Bedford County

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Natural Feature
“Great way to get out and stretch after a nice drive up the parkway! https://www.visitroanokeva.com/blog/post/iconic-blue-ridge-mountains-peaks-of-otter-sharp-flat-top-parkway/”
22 locals recommend
Park
“The grounds for the monument take visitors on a archival journey through World War II and the politics and perils that embody the time period. Paying tribute to the men and women who served their country in one of its most dire battles, the D-Day National Memorial creates a solemn atmosphere for veterans and visitors alike to gain insight and learn more about the events that shaped our nation’s and our world’s history. ~dday.org”
17 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“So much to do here! Go small and just head to the beach area to swim and splash around or Go BIG and rent a boat to zoom around the over 20,000 acre lake! You are sure to have an exciting day!”
14 locals recommend
History Museum
“Listed on the National Historic Landmark, Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest was huge plantation and retreat home for America's 3rd President. The edifice's architecture, which is considered a fine example of neo-classical architecture, was designed by Jefferson himself. This architectural wonder is visited by hordes of nationals and tourists who come here to discover tit-bits of the life of the US President during the happy and final days of his life. Archaeological excursions are also taking place at the Poplar Forest. If you are truly interested in history or architecture, then the Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest is a must visit for you. Check website for details. ~poplarforest.org”
19 locals recommend
National Park
“Views, Views, Views! While in Virginia you must see the Parkway - it is awesome. -15 min by car”
6 locals recommend
Liquor Store
“If you like upscale Italian, this is the place to go! Within walking distance for a perfect evening.”
15 locals recommend
Campground
“22 miles from our property, via 122 Great beaches and trails for hiking, walking or biking http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/smith-mountain-lake#recreation”
15 locals recommend
Bar
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“Delicious and fancier dinner or lunch option nearby in the Wyndhurst community.”
19 locals recommend
Cafe
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“Excellent, locally roasted coffee and unique sandwiches. Seats fill up fast during the school year. ”
18 locals recommend
Lodging
“50 min drive. GORGEOUS VIEWS! You can stay and have lunch at the restaurant and walk around the lake. You can hike nearby Sharp Top mountain as well! Peaks of Otter's Lake View Restaurant is a renowned dining destination on the Blue Ridge Parkway. With a menu featuring fresh and local ingredients and regional specialties, the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily in season. ”
8 locals recommend
Park
“This park has lots to offer: Tennis courts, 7 multipurpose fields, a basketball court, moderate mountain bike trails, a Disc golf course, playground and picnic shelters. So grab a blanket, pick up some Subway sandwiches on the way and enjoy a fun-filled day at the park. ”
14 locals recommend
Premise
“Don't forget your camera and stop at designated areas for some Amazing photo's along America's National Parkway noted for its scenic beauty.”
17 locals recommend
Burger Joint
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“10 min drive. 'We're burger people and we take our burgers very seriously. We source the best beef in the country taking pride in selecting only humanely-raised cattle that are free of antibiotics, preservatives, hormones and steroids. Happy cows make great burgers, so we insist on humanely raised cattle cared for by family-owned farms who raise their livestock the old fashioned way. Our chuck and sirloin blend beef patties are hand-made here in our kitchen; are always fresh; and are never, ever frozen. Our produce is fresh, our beer is cold, and we always strive to Keep It Local.'”
10 locals recommend
Miscellaneous Shop
“Marina with boat rental, gas dock, shops, eateries, art gallery, and feed the fish right from the docks http://bridgewaterplaza.com/”
14 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Restaurant and Bar Great Sandwiches, This is at the Hales Ford Bridge, plenty to do with the kids near by which include Miniature Golf, Arcade, Carnival Amusements, feed the Fish, (Carp) Gift Shops and much more. ”
7 locals recommend
Campground
“Birthplace of Booker T. Washington. A former plantation provides a look into slavery and history.”
7 locals recommend