JAN 2014

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4. Wytheville, Virginia Wytheville CVB Conveniently located in Southwest Virginia at the intersection of I-81 and I-77, Wytheville sits in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and offers meeting venues such as the Wytheville Meeting Center. While its Interstate access is a natural draw, groups can get off the beaten path and take a leisurely drive on Big Walker Mountain National Forest Scenic Byway, a 16-mile byway with stops like the Big Walker Lookout There you can climb a 100-foot tower or shop for locally made arts and crafts. ■ = 2,287 feet 5. Roanoke, Virginia Western Virginia's Blue Ridge via Facebook Groups visiting western Virginiaʼs Roanoke can take a scenic drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, hike a trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains or the Appalachian Trail, and kayak the Upper James River Water Trail. ■ = 883 feet = 86˚ Stay Healthy! The air is thinner in higher elevations (that's one of the reasons why the temperatures are cooler), but you shouldn't have to worry about attendees suffering from altitude sickness in the South as most of us have to reach over 8,000 feet above sea level to feel symptoms. ■ REST of the BEST These "Cool Spots for Summer Meetings" round out your picks for the top 12 higher elevation cities in the South that provide more moderate summer temperatures and great savings opportunities. 7. Chattanooga, Tennessee = 677 feet (Learn more on pg. 28) 6. Rome, Georgia Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in North Georgia, Rome is home to three rivers that frame the charming downtown district and provide numerous opportufacilities include The Forum, pictured below, which offers 34,300 square feet of flexible meeting space. (Learn more on pg. 24) ■ = 2,287 feet = 82˚ = 89˚ = 90˚ 8. Eureka Springs, Arkansas = 1,260 feet = 89˚ 9. Beckley, West Virginia = 2,421 feet = 77˚ 10. Mt. Sterling, Kentucky = 974 feet = 85˚ 11. Summersville, West Virginia Greater Rome CVB = 1,880 feet w w w. c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m = 80˚ 12. Dalton, Georgia = 761 feet = 89˚ J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 4 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ 15

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