.: travel information

We have reserved a number of rooms at local hotels listed on the right with contact information. Airport information and driving directions are provided below. We have also provided a link to area information, including restaurants.

area restaurants

campus map

Blacksburg has an excellent bus service that can be used for local travel in town

Blacksburg Transit (BT)

.: directions to Blacksburg

Virginia Tech provides directions to Virginia Tech if you are traveling by car. Note that you will need a parking pass to park on campus on Friday.

.: parking passes

Visitor parking permits are available at the Visitor Information Center on Southgate Drive (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday) or at the University Police Department in the Maintenance Complex off Southgate Drive all other times. Visitor permits must be signed and dated by an authorized parking services or police official and displayed 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, unless otherwise noted by a sign. More information and parking maps can be found here


.: hotel information

Please consider making your hotel reservations early due to competing activities at Virginia Tech.

  • Courtyard by Marriott, $98/night, 15 double queens, 10 king rooms
    (make reservations by 30 August, mention SEARCDE)
  • Hampton Inn (Christiansburg), $92/night, 40 rooms
    (make reservations by 10 September, mention SEARCDE)
  • Hilton Garden Inn, $95/night, 10 queen and 10 king rooms
    (make reservations by 10 September, mention SEARCDE)
  • The Inn at Virginia Tech, $129.00/night plus tax, 20 rooms
    (make reservations by 3 September, mention SEARCDE)

We plan to offer shuttle vans between the hotels and the conference site at the beginning and end of the program each day.

.: by air

Blacksburg is served by Roanoke Regional Airport.

The Smart Way Bus service travels between the airport and Virginia Tech for $4/each direction. The seats are comfortable and free wireless is provided.

Alternatively: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National Rental Car counters are located in the baggage claim area of the airport.

For late flights into Roanoke past the Smart Way Bus service times, try Roanoke Airport Transportation.

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