Blacksburg is only accessible by road. It is about 30 miles west of Roanoke. Blacksburg is on US 460, about ten miles north of I-81 (exit 118B). The closest commercial airport is Roanoke Regional (ROA). The SmartWay bus offers direct service from the airport and downtown Roanoke to Blacksburg and the Virginia Tech campus. The closest Greyhound bus station is also in Roanoke. While school is in session, Home Ride of Virginia offers weekend bus service to Northern Virginia, Hampton roads and other Virginia universities.
If you happen to be arriving with a private plane, Virginia Tech also has an airport, but with no commercial flights.
Through city and university cooperation, Blacksburg has a nice bus system. It is free to all students who have an ID card. It costs $0.50 for everyone else. On Football Games or other large events, this fee is often waived. Blacksburg Transit .
If you are coming to Blacksburg, it is hard to miss the campus of Virginia Tech (where an infamous massacre took place), especially the much-photographed Burruss Hall.
During the fall, a major part of the weekend is Collegiate American Football.
As a bustling college town, there are often university activities at all times of day.
The Appalachian Trail passes within a few miles of the town, and as a result there are ample hiking opportunities around. Tubing on the nearby New River is a popular activity in the summer.
Blacksburg is also within an hour's drive from Floyd county with its increasingly reknown artist community and growing number of cultural events, such as the annual FloydFest.
Apart from the few speciality shops in downtown Blacksburg and scattered throughout town, the main shopping area is situated roughly halfway between Blacksburg and Christiansburg, centered around the New River Valley Mall.
The downtown area, catering mostly to the college crowd, has countless watering holes offering pub fare of varying quality. The few that may deserve the name of restaurant include Boudreaux's, Cellar, Gilie's and The Nerv. The area around the New River Valley Mall has many chain restaurants. A few, more upscale establishments can also be found around, such as India Garden and The Farmhouse in Christiansburg.
Go downtown and follow the crowd.
Roanoke is quite close.