Fly To Roanoke, Virginia
The Roanoke area is the definition of stress-free with the perfect balance between outdoor leisure and urban conveniences. A 100-foot high star atop a mountain and visible from miles around welcomes you to the "Star City of the South," a great beginning for your weekend getaway to this city rich in culture, history, fun and entertainment. And as the largest metro area in West Virginia, there’s something to do every way you turn—take in the arts and culture, shop, eat, and enjoy the great outdoors in the heart of the mountains.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders travelling to Roanoke, Virginia do require a Visa to enter the United States. Make sure you leave enough time for processing of the Visa and ensure that your passport will be valid for at least 6 months after your date of return. You will also need 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African Embassy in the United States is in Washington as 3400 International Drive, NW, District of Columbia, 20008, Washington DC. Phone: +1-202-232-4400.
See and do
There’s plenty to see in Roanoke. The Center in the Square in the downtown region is the cultural heart of the city. Grandin Theatre can be found in the Grandin Village area and there are usually free cartoons played on Friday and Saturday mornings.
O. Winston Link Museum, in the former passenger rail station, makes for an historical and interesting visit while the Taubman Museum of Art displays primarily American art. The Virginia Museum of Transportation is also a worthy visit where you can see Norfolk and Western vehicles as well as elements of automobiles and aviation.
When it comes to things to do in Roanoke, you can try your hand at hiking; boating; camping; walking trails; clubs; fishing; movies; festivals; ample holiday parades and plenty of restaurants to indulge in.
The shopping in the city is great and Roanoke is home to the largest open-air market on the eastern sea board which is open daily. The City Market is a good place to pick up fresh produce in summer and décor and gifts in the winter. There are a couple of shops and restaurants surrounding the market. Valley View Mall, near the airport, is the main shopping mall with 130 stores.
When it comes to getting around Roanoke, there isn’t really a mass transit system. But there is a relatively extensive bus system called Valley Metro which travels to the commonly visited points in the area. Blacksburg, a small college town near to Roanoke operates a reasonable mass transit system and in fact, many students around the town don’t bother with owning their own cars.
Roanoke Regional Airport – ROA
Roanoke Airport, also known as Woodrum Field, is located 6 km from the central business district of Roanoke, Virginia.
Food and beverage: The Café & Spirits Restaurant, Café Snack Bars.
Currency Exchange: not available at the airport. There are ATMs and cash machines to the left of the restaurant entrance on the second floor, landside.
Lost Luggage: If your luggage is lost, contact the airline directly or notify a representative at your airline’s ticket counter at Roanoke Airport.
Airport Hotels: No hotels on site but nearby there are the Mainstay Suites Airport, Comfort Inn Roanoke Airport, Holiday Inn Valley View, The Hotel Roanoke. The airport offers a free shuttle to the hotels.
Car Hire: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Hertz, National. The car rental offices are located of the first floor near the baggage claim.
Airport Hub: Roanoke Regional Airport (code ROA) is a hub for Allegiant Air.