Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of ‘Country Roads’ fame, Roanoke might be the coolest city you’ve never heard of. It has a thriving live music scene, excellent breweries, great bars, friendly people, and exciting opportunities for outdoor recreation. Once you visit Roanoke, the numerous passion projects that local citizens have poured their hearts into are sure to leave an impression on you.

01Visit a creative tribute to the King of Rock ‘n Roll

In far-away Roanoke, Virginia, a miniature model of Elvis Presley Graceland estate in Memphis, Tenne Carol M. Highsmith / Buyenlarge /Getty Images

When you visit this Roanoke classic, take a picture of yourself next to this bite-sized attraction and pretend to be a giant. Don and Kim Epperly spent much of their time together creating a miniature recreation of Graceland and other landmarks dedicated to Elvis Presley. The attention to detail and love that went into the little project is astounding. Once they finished Graceland, they added tiny, neighboring houses, and recreated the Elvis Presley Car Museum. While the Epperlys have passed away, a local group accepts donations to help them maintain the site.