I went to school in Roanoke, VA, which is just on the other side of the mountain from Blacksburg (going to UV?). If you're not a city person, then that's the place for you. Blacksburg isn't a very large city (neither is Roanoke). Roanoke is 4 hours from D.C., so Blacksburg maybe be as much as 5 hours away from it. Blacksburg gets more snow and wintry weather than Roanoke, but, like everywhere in the South, it doesn't get a whole lot. Of course, being from Alaska, you may not mind a lot less wintery weather, but you may not like the heat and humidty down here either! Of course, Phoenix and Vegas both beat us on that; SF is the only other fairly temperate place.