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Bedford is an independent city located within Bedford County, Virginia in the west-central portion of the state. As of the 2000 census, the city had a population of 6,229. It serves as the county seat for Bedford County, which is one of the fastest growing counties in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Bordered by the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west, the James River on the northeast and the Smith Mountain Lake to the south, Bedford is a peaceful oasis of gently rolling hills and beautiful vistas. The city itself covers 6.81 square miles and is filled with history, culture, spectacular architecture, boutiques and fine dining. President Thomas Jefferson built a home in Bedford named Poplar Forest, which he designed as his personal retreat. The home is beautiful, yet minimalist at the same time, a very fitting place for Jefferson to indulge his favorite pastimes of "reading, studying and thinking." The historic, octagonal home and plantation is open for tours to visitors. Bedford is also home to the National D-Day Memorial, called "one of the most awe-inspiring memorials ever created." Outdoor activities near Bedford include boating and sailing, fishing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, parasailing and more. You can play 18 holes of golf at numerous courses, go canoeing or rock climbing, camping at a state park - the choices are endless. The city is also home to five wineries located along the Bedford Wine Trail.

Surrounding areas: Moneta, Virginia (12.9 mi), Natural Bridge, Virginia (20.3 mi), Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia (20.3 mi), Lexington, Virginia (31.3 mi), Fredericksburg, Virginia (38.9 mi), Rockbridge Baths, Virginia (39.6 mi)

Bedford Vacation Rentals

Bedford Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Days Inn921 Blue Ridge AveBedford, VA (540) 586-8286
Super 8 Motel842 Sword Beach LnBedford, VA (540) 587-0100
Budget Inn Of Lynchburg8830 E Lynchburg Salem TpkeGoode, VA8.8 mi.(540) 586-8182
Oakwood Worldwide @ Lake Vista200 LK Vis DrForest, VA12.9 mi.(800) 592-7947
Oakwood Worldwide @ Walden Pond300e Weeping Willow DrLynchburg, VA18.2 mi.(800) 592-7947
Hampton Inn Lynchburg5604 Seminole AveLynchburg, VA18.9 mi.(434) 237-2704
Holiday Inn Express Lynchburg5600 Seminole AveLynchburg, VA18.9 mi.(434) 237-7771
Days Inn Lynchburg Airport3320 Candlers Mountain RdLynchburg, VA19.2 mi.(434) 847-8655
Courtyard By Marriott Lynchburg4640 Murray PlLynchburg, VA19.3 mi.(800) 321-2211
Extended Stay America1910 University BlvdLynchburg, VA19.4 mi.(434) 239-8863
Quality Inn Lynchburg3125 Albert Lankford DrLynchburg, VA20.0 mi.(434) 847-9041
Comfort Inn1558 Main StAltavista, VA20.2 mi.(434) 369-4000
Va Motor Lodges Inc T/a Howard Johnson LodgeI-81 Exit 150 - BTroutville, VA20.2 mi.(540) 992-3000
Natural Bridge Of Virginia IncUS Hwy 11Natural Bridge, VA20.4 mi.(540) 291-2121
Red Roof Inn3231 Lee Highway STroutville, VA21.0 mi.(540) 992-5055
Comfort Inn-troutville2545 Lee Hwy SouthTroutville, VA21.1 mi.(540) 992-5600
Holiday Inn Express3139 Lee Hwy STroutville, VA21.1 mi.(540) 966-4444
Travelodge - Roanoke North2619 Lee HwyTroutville, VA21.2 mi.(540) 992-6700
Econo Lodge446 Roanoke RdDaleville, VA21.4 mi.(540) 992-3000
Howard Johnson Express Inn437 Roanoke RdDaleville, VA21.4 mi.(540) 992-1234
Best Western Of Lynchburg2815 Candiers Mountain RdLynchburg, VA21.6 mi.(434) 237-2986
Holiday Inn Select601 Main StLynchburg, VA21.6 mi.(252) 528-2500
Lynchburg Ramada Inn3436 Odd Fellows Rd Exit 7Lynchburg, VA21.6 mi.(434) 847-7500
Radisson Hotel Lynchburg2900 Chandlers Mt RdLynchburg, VA21.6 mi.(434) 237-6333
Sleep Inn Lynchburg3620 Candlers MTN RdLynchburg, VA21.6 mi.(434) 237-8455
Super 8 Motel3736 Candlers Mau RdLynchburg, VA21.6 mi.(800) 800-8000
Wingate Inn3777 Candlers Mtn RdLynchburg, VA21.6 mi.(434) 845-1700
Travelodge1500 Main StLynchburg, VA21.8 mi.(434) 845-5975
Days Inn Civil Center535 Orange Ave NeRoanoke, VA22.8 mi.(540) 342-4551
Rodeway Inn526 Orange Avenue NERoanoke, VA22.8 mi.(540) 981-8341
Best Inn Roanoke Civic Center501 Orange AveRoanoke, VA22.9 mi.(540) 342-8961
Doubletree Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center110 Shenandoah AveRoanoke, VA23.2 mi.(540) 985-5900
Holiday Inn Express Roanoke815 Gainsboro RdRoanoke, VA23.3 mi.(540) 982-0100
Amerisuites Roanoke/Valley View Mall5040 Vly View BlvdRoanoke, VA23.4 mi.(540) 366-4700
Best Western Coachman InnI81 US 220N Exit 150BRoanoke, VA23.4 mi.(540) 992-1234
Best Western Inn Valley View5050 Vly VW Blvd NWRoanoke, VA23.4 mi.(800) 362-2410
Comfort Inn Valley View5070 Vly VW RdRoanoke, VA23.4 mi.(540) 527-2020
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson7860 Plantation RdRoanoke, VA23.8 mi.(540) 366-5678
Hampton Inn Roanoke Hollins7922 Plantation RdRoanoke, VA23.8 mi.(540) 563-5656
Fairfield Inn & Suites7944 Plantation RdRoanoke, VA23.9 mi.(540) 362-4200

Bedford Weather & Climate

Central Virginia ranges in elevation from 420 feet to 4200 feet above sea level. The four-season climate in this region is classified as humid continental, but few states have a more diverse climate than that of Virginia. In the mountainous regions of central Virginia, summer temperatures are significantly lower than the region's major metropolitan areas. It is not uncommon to experience temperatures twelve to fifteen degrees lower than Charlottesville and more than 18 degrees lower than experienced on the same day in Richmond, Washington D.C. and Raleigh/Durham. These same patterns also bring enough snow in winter to rank the area as one of the finest ski destinations in the Mid-Atlantic region.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 44°F 24°F 3.46 in. -
February 48°F 26°F 3.20 in. -
March 57°F 34°F 3.81 in. -
April 67°F 42°F 3.78 in. -
May 74°F 52°F 4.57 in. -
June 81°F 60°F 4.24 in. -
July 86°F 65°F 4.54 in. -
August 84°F 63°F 3.51 in. -
September 78°F 56°F 3.95 in. -
October 68°F 44°F 3.47 in. -
November 58°F 35°F 3.16 in. -
December 48°F 28°F 3.11 in. -

Bedford Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are Roanoke Regional Woodrum Field (ROA) located about 24 miles west of Bedford in Roanoke, Virginia, the Danville Regional airport (DAN) located approximately 53 miles south of Bedford in Danville, Virginia, the Greenbrier Valley airport (LWB) located roughly 60 miles northwest of Bedford in Lewisburg, West Virginia, the New River Valley airport (PSK) located around 65 miles west of Bedford in Dublin, Virginia, and finally the Shenandoah Valley Regional airport (SHD) located about 72 miles northeast of Bedford in Staunton / Waynesboro / Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Bedford Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Wet 'n Wild Emerald PointeGreensboroNC88.5 mi.
Water Parks
Emerald Pointe Water ParkGreensboroNC88.5 mi.
Golf Courses
Colonial Hills Golf ClubForestVA12.9 mi.
Ivy Hill Golf ClubForestVA12.9 mi.
London Downs Golf ClubForestVA12.9 mi.
Mariners Landing Golf & Country ClubHuddlestonVA13.1 mi.
Sycamore Ridge Golf ClubGoodviewVA13.9 mi.
Poplar Forest Golf CourseForestVA14.0 mi.
River Course of Virginia TechRadfordVA14.9 mi.
Westlake Golf & Country ClubHardyVA17.4 mi.
Ashley Plantation Golf ClubDalevilleVA21.7 mi.
Cedar Hills Golf ClubLynchburgVA21.7 mi.
Botetourt Country ClubFincastleVA21.9 mi.
Blue Hills Golf CourseRoanokeVA23.4 mi.
Brookside Par 3 Golf ClubRoanokeVA23.4 mi.
Old Monterey Golf ClubRoanokeVA23.4 mi.
Countryside Golf ClubRoanokeVA25.6 mi.
Birkdale Golf ClubChesterfieldVA26.6 mi.
Highlands Golfers ClubChesterfieldVA26.6 mi.
Lake Chesdin Golf ClubChesterfieldVA26.6 mi.
Ski Areas
The HomesteadHot SpringsVA49.0 mi.
Wintergreen ResortWintergreenVA51.1 mi.
MassanuttenHarrisonburgVA84.9 mi.
WinterplaceFlat TopWV88.7 mi.
Bryce ResortBasyeVA109.2 mi.
State Parks
Smith Mountain Lake State ParkVA18.0 mi. 
Avoca MuseumAltavistaVA20.2 mi.(History)
Virginia Museum of Natural HistoryMartinsvilleVA48.5 mi.(Science)
Zoos and Aquariums
Mill Mountain ZooRoanokeVA23.4 mi.
North Carolina Zoological ParkAsheboroNC113.6 mi.

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