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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 1874.

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 and Tennessee, 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.

Roanoke Regional Airport:
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 Roanoker:
The area's bi-monthly lifestyle magazine, published by Leisure Publishing.

Roanoke Accommodation

Hotels in Roanoke.

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Roanoke Weather:
7-day forecast and weather video for Roanoke.

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