Where to go and where to stay
in Roanoke City.
The City of Roanoke (The Star City of the South) is adjacent to the
city of Salem and the town of Vinton and is otherwise
surrounded by, but politically separate from, Roanoke County.
The town of Big Lick was established in 1852 and chartered in
Named for a large outcropping of salt, which drew the wildlife to the
site near the Roanoke River, it became the town of Roanoke in 1882 and chartered as the
independent city of Roanoke, in 1884.
Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, in the middle of the Roanoke
Valley between Maryland
Roanoke's importance as the transportation hub of western Virginia has contributed
to its rapid growth.
Roanoke is known for its Chili Cook-Off, Local Colors Festival, Henry Street Festival, Strawberry Festival and Festival in the Park.
City of Roanoke:
The City of Roanoke is located midway between New York City and Atlanta, on Interstate 81;
168 miles west of the Virginia State capital, Richmond.
With over 60 scheduled airline flights arriving and departing daily, the Roanoke Regional
Airport (Exit 143 on I-81) offers nonstop service to a dozen major cities, as well as
frequent connecting service through the hubs of five major airlines.
Roanoke Chamber of Commerce:
210 S. Jefferson Street, Roanoke.
The Roanoke Times:
Covers news of Roanoke and the New River Valley, as well as entertainment and music, the
Virginia Tech Hokies and University of Virginia Cavalier football and basketball.
The area's bi-monthly lifestyle magazine, published by Leisure Publishing.
Hotels in Roanoke.
Virginia tourist information with details about travel to and around the state. Where to
stay and what to see is made easier with insider tips and hand-selected Virginia links, by
dedicated editors and visitors to TravelNotes.org - The Online Guide to Travel.
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