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About Roanoke

Roanoke is an independent city in the U.S. state of Virginia. With a population of 97,000 people, it is the commercial and cultural hub of much of Southwest Virginia. Roanoke is surrounded by scenic beauty, which is ideal for visitors wanting a breath of fresh air and nature-filled tranquility. Tourist attractions include Blue Ridge Parkway and McAfee Knob.

Cheap flights to Roanoke are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to explore this picturesque city! Roanoke is the home of Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (ROA), which is a 10-minute drive from the city centre. Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport serves many airlines, including Delta Airlines, United Airlines, KLM and Air France. Popular international flights to Roanoke depart from Cape Town and Johannesburg. The flight duration from O.R. Tambo International Airport to Roanoke is approximately 20 hours.

Why visit Roanoke

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Breath-taking Scenery

Roanoke is located in the valley and ridge province of Virginia, with exquisite scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Allegheny Mountains. Visitors are in for a visionary treat!

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The Market

Enjoy a blissful trip to the Historic Market District, which includes a Farmers Market. It is a unique shopping experience with enticing locally grown produce and meats.

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Transportation History

A visit to the Virginia Museum of Transportation will ignite the inner child in you, as you take in incredible memorabilia such as the automobile gallery, railroad exhibits and aviation gallery.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country United States of America
Currency United States Dollar (USD)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.08 USD
Language English
Hub Airport Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport
Airline Delta Air Lines / United Airlines
Time Zone GMT -5
Travel Adaptor Type A and B

Best time to visit Roanoke

Planning a trip to Roanoke will involve considering the weather. Therefore, the best time to visit the city will be when the average temperatures range from 20 degrees Celsius to 30 degrees Celsius, which is during June, July and August. A splendid time to visit Roanoke for an autumn foliage experience would be in mid-October. A wonderful to visit is in autumn from the middle of October to the first of November. It is definitely the best time to capture all of the city’s natural beauty!

Weather & Climate in Roanoke

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall level (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C -3° -1°C 3°C 7°C 12°C 17°C 19°C 18°C 14°C 8°C 3°C -1°C
High °C 8°C 10°C 14°C 20°C 24°C 29°C 31°C 30°C 26°C 21°C 15°C 9°C
Rainfall (mm) 74 73 88 86 103 97 103 90 99 73 86 75

Delightful with its traditional southern charm, Roanoke is the ideal destination for taking in America’s picturesque landscapes. It is the self-proclaimed “Capital of the Blue Ridge”. Tourists can enjoy the best views along the famous Blue Ridge Parkway, which is a scenic drive along the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains.

Roanoke offers a blissful opportunity to partake in excellent outdoor adventures while taking in the best that nature has to offer. Rejuvenating activities include hiking, rock climbing, fishing and kayaking.

Visit the world’s largest freestanding illuminated man-made star – the Mill Mountain Star. It is the perfect landmark for panoramic views. Be sure to take a photo with the Mill Mountain Star as your backdrop, to show that you have been in Roanoke!

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South African passport holders require a visa to enter Roanoke, Virginia and the rest of the Unites States of America. Your passport should be valid for 6 months after your return date and have at least 2 blank pages for entry stamps.

The South African Consulate General in the United States is at:

333 East 38th Street

9th Floor

New York NY 10016

Tel: (212) 213-4880

Fax: (212) 856-1575

Travellers are required to have the diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccination when travelling to Roanoke, Virginia and the rest of the United States of America. Depending on your travel itinerary, you should consider getting vaccinations for hepatitis B and rabies.

Roanoke is a safe city. Nonetheless, visitors are encouraged to remain vigilant of their surroundings.

Tips for staying safe in Roanoke:

• Avoid displaying expensive items.

• Do not carry large amounts of cash with you.

• Carry your purse close to your body.

• Do not leave your luggage unattended.

• When using public transportation, wait at busy, well-lit stops.

Item Johannesburg Cape Town Roanoke
Meal (inexpensive restaurant) R 90.00 R 100.00 R 198.00
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 36.00
Cappuccino (regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 49.00
Taxi 1km (normal tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 38.00
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 69.00
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