Chances are the first thing you’ll notice in Roanoke Virginia is the 88-foot illuminated star-shaped sign shining down on the city from a hilltop near the Blueridge Parkway. It towers over 1,000 feet above the city and is visible from 60-miles by air. If you head up to that star you can get some fantastic views of Roanoke, a pleasant city with much to offer its guests. The Center in the Square is the hub of the downtown. It’s and action packed little square. In the center one can find a theater and a planetarium, as well as science, local history and folk art museums.