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Galax is an independent city located in the southwestern part of Virginia. It is bounded on the northeast by Carroll County and to the southwest by Grayson County. As of the 2000 census, the population was 6, 837. Located in the Appalachian Mountains, Galax has long been known for its traditional, or "old time" music and musicians. Although the entire Appalachian region is known for its music, Galax is one of the few areas of the country where this music has remained strongest, even among young people. The town is home to the largest Old Time Bluegrass Fiddler's Convention in the United States, and has been held here since 1935. The convention has always attracted the best up-and-coming musicians in the bluegrass music genre. Galax is also home to the historic Rex Theater, which offers Friday night concerts of live old-time and bluegrass music, vintage movie nights and community plays. The Rex is considered "the jewel in the crown of the City of Galax." The Blue Ridge Music Center, with its amphitheater and music museum, is just a few miles away on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 213. Galax is known as the "Gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains, an area filled with natural scenic beauty and recreation. Located within, or very near Galax, are several golf courses, parks and campgrounds. The city also offers quaint downtown shops and great restaurants that offer everything from Aunt Bea's country cooking to ethnic cuisine.

Surrounding areas: Fancy Gap, Virginia (12.9 mi), Mouth of Wilson, Virginia (23.4 mi), Claytor Lake, Virginia (34.2 mi), Whitetop, Virginia (36.8 mi), Floyd, Virginia (37.6 mi)

Galax Vacation Rentals

Galax Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Knights Inn312 W Stuart DrGalax, VA (276) 236-5117
Super 8303 N Main StGalax, VA (276) 236-5127
Comfort Inn151 Farmers Market DrHillsville, VA9.6 mi.(276) 730-9999
Super 899 Farmers Market RdHillsville, VA9.8 mi.(276) 728-4125
Holiday Inn Express85 Airport RdHillsville, VA10.0 mi.(276) 728-2120
Days Inn142 Kelly RdFancy Gap, VA11.8 mi.(276) 728-5101
Hampton Inn-hillsville90 Farmers MKT RdHillsville, VA12.6 mi.(276) 728-2345
Holiday Inn Express1994 Carrollton Pike RdHillsville, VA12.6 mi.(276) 728-9100
Doe Run LodgeMP 189 Blue RDG PkwyFancy Gap, VA12.9 mi.(276) 398-2212
Knob Hill Motor Lodge Inc305 E Stuart DrHillsville, VA12.9 mi.(276) 728-2131
Alleghany Inn531 N Main StSparta, NC15.4 mi.(336) 372-2501
Comfort Inn2594 E Lee HwyWytheville, VA19.8 mi.(276) 637-4281
Best Western Bryson Inn125 Plaza DrMt Airy, NC20.3 mi.(336) 352-3400
Days Inn Wytheville150 Malin DrWytheville, VA21.0 mi.(276) 228-5500
Comfort Inn2136 Rockford StMT Airy, NC21.2 mi.(336) 789-2000
Comfort Inn2126 Rockford StMount Airy, NC21.2 mi.(336) 789-2000
Hampton Inn2029 Rockford StMount Airy, NC21.2 mi.(336) 789-5999
Motel 6220 Lithia RdWytheville, VA21.2 mi.(276) 228-7988
Travelodge140 Lithia RdWytheville, VA21.2 mi.(276) 228-3188
Hampton Inn Ft Chiswell/Max Meadows199 Ft Chiswell RdMax Meadows, VA21.4 mi.(276) 637-4027
HotelRt 2Max Meadows, VA21.4 mi.(276) 637-4141
Super 8 Motel Of Ft Chiswell194 FT Chiswell RdMax Meadows, VA21.4 mi.(800) 800-8000
Econo Lodge1160 E Main StWytheville, VA21.6 mi.(276) 228-5517
Quality Inn & Suites2015 E Main StWytheville, VA21.6 mi.(276) 228-4241
Microtel Suites1293 Newsome StMount Airy, NC21.8 mi.(336) 789-7660
Ramada Inn955 Peppers Fry RdWytheville, VA21.8 mi.(276) 228-6000
Super 8 Motel130 Nye CirWiytheville, VA21.9 mi.(276) 228-6620
Best Western Wytheville Inn355 Nye RdWytheville, VA21.9 mi.(276) 228-7300
Sleep Inn135 Nye CirWytheville, VA21.9 mi.(276) 625-0667
Super 8 Motel130 Nye CirWytheville, VA21.9 mi.(800) 800-8000
Holiday Inn Express111 Commercial BlvdFlat Rock, NC22.2 mi.(828) 698-8899
Comfort Suites695 Peppers Ferry RdWytheville, VA22.2 mi.(276) 228-1234
Comfort Inn-wytheville315 Holston RdWytheville, VA22.9 mi.(276) 228-4488
Comfort Inn1633 Winston RdJonesville, NC29.5 mi.(336) 835-9400
Days Inn1540 NC 67 HwyJonesville, NC29.5 mi.(336) 526-6777
Hampton Inn Jonesville/Elkin NC1632 NC Hwy 67Jonesville, NC29.5 mi.(336) 835-1994
Holiday Inn Express1713 NC 67 HwyJonesville, NC29.5 mi.(336) 835-6000
Holiday InnIntersection I77 & Hwy 67Jonesville, NC29.5 mi.(919) 835-6000
Super 8 Motel5601 US Hwy 21Jonesville, NC29.5 mi.(800) 800-8000

Galax Weather & Climate

The Northwest Blue Ridge Mountains range from 800 feet to over 6,600 feet and topography affects the local weather. Expect temperatures to be 10 to 20 degrees cooler on the mountaintops than in the cities below. Spring is unpredictable, particularly at the higher elevations. Summer is warm and humid, but more pleasant at the higher elevations, with temperatures rarely reaching 90 degrees. Afternoon showers and thunderstorms are common in season. Winter is generally moderate, but extreme conditions can occur at the mountain peaks. It's not unusual to have warm temperatures in the valleys and snow in the higher areas. In the lowlands, snows of one inch or more occur just 1-5 times per year. More frequent and deeper snows fall at the higher elevations.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 40°F 20°F 3.28 in. -
February 44°F 22°F 3.21 in. -
March 52°F 28°F 4.03 in. -
April 61°F 36°F 3.71 in. -
May 70°F 46°F 4.62 in. -
June 76°F 54°F 4.06 in. -
July 80°F 59°F 3.91 in. -
August 78°F 57°F 3.41 in. -
September 72°F 51°F 3.73 in. -
October 63°F 38°F 3.54 in. -
November 53°F 30°F 3.49 in. -
December 44°F 23°F 2.91 in. -

Galax Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Wilkes County airport (UKF) located about 31 miles southwest of Galax in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, the New River Valley airport (PSK) located approximately 35 miles northeast of Galax in Dublin, Virginia, the Smith Reynolds airport (INT) located roughly 53 miles southeast of Galax in Winston - Salem, North Carolina, the Piedmont Triad International airport (GSO) located around 67 miles southeast of Galax in Greensboro, North Carolina, the Hickory Regional airport (HKY) located about 68 miles southwest of Galax in Hickory, North Carolina, and finally Roanoke Regional Woodrum Field (ROA) located approximately 69 miles northeast of Galax in Roanoke, Virginia.

Galax Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Wet 'n Wild Emerald PointeGreensboroNC75.0 mi.
JeepersConcordNC88.7 mi.
Water Parks
Emerald Pointe Water ParkGreensboroNC75.0 mi.
Paramount's Carowinds-Water WorksPinevilleNC109.1 mi.
Golf Courses
Blue Ridge Country ClubGalaxVA 
Deer Creek Golf ParkGalaxVA 
Galax Country ClubGalaxVA 
Crestview Golf CourseEnniceNC7.2 mi.
Skyland Lakes Golf ClubFancy GapVA13.0 mi.
New River Country ClubTwin OaksNC16.3 mi.
Cross Creek Country ClubMount AiryNC21.5 mi.
Pine Ridge Classic Golf CourseMount AiryNC21.5 mi.
White Pines Country ClubMount AiryNC21.5 mi.
Beaver Creek Golf CourseDobsonNC21.9 mi.
Greenstreet Mountain Golf ClubTraphillNC22.9 mi.
Olde Mill ResortLaurel ForkVA23.2 mi.
Draper Valley Golf ClubDraperVA25.5 mi.
Countryside Golf ClubElkinNC29.5 mi.
Ski Areas
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC61.5 mi.
Ski BeechBanner ElkNC62.9 mi.
Sugar Mountain Ski AreaBanner ElkNC62.9 mi.
WinterplaceFlat TopWV64.9 mi.
Canaan ValleyDavisWV102.8 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC107.4 mi.
The HomesteadHot SpringsVA110.2 mi.
State Parks
Stone Mountain State ParkNC20.2 mi. 
Claytor Lake State ParkVA31.4 mi. 
Grayson Highlands State ParkVA31.5 mi. 
Pilot Mountain State ParkNC33.6 mi. 
Pilot Mountain State ParkNC34.1 mi. 
Mount Jefferson State ParkNC34.8 mi. 
Hungry Mother State ParkVA36.3 mi. 
Rendezvous Mountain State ParkNC36.6 mi. 
Pilot Mountain State ParkNC36.9 mi. 
DoorsAdvanceNC57.4 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Virginia Museum of Natural HistoryMartinsvilleVA58.3 mi.(Science)
Zoos and Aquariums
Mill Mountain ZooRoanokeVA68.7 mi.
North Carolina Zoological ParkAsheboroNC90.4 mi.
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC116.8 mi.

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