We took a look at some of the most popular destinations in Virginia, as well as some of our favorite places in the state.
Fort Monroe Beach, surrounded by water on all sides, is one of the best places in Hampton Roads to enjoy beautiful views of the Chesapeake Bay. If you have access to a car, you can visit some even more exciting places, which are just a short drive from the beach. Take advantage of the shopping opportunities that Virginia Beach has to offer when you are looking for activities in the Hampton Road area. Sit back and see some beautiful sights while enjoying the view over the water and the wooded nature areas. Much of it is offered by sitting on the coast of Virginia Bay, just a few miles south of Norfolk, Virginia.
Take the kids and go berry picking, as several farms in Southern Virginia Beach and Chesapeake have opened fields for pickers.
Virginia Beach and neighboring Norfolk, Virginia, have a huge naval presence, so don't miss a visit to the Nauticus or USS Wisconsin. Walk through the ramparts and admire the military's efforts to defend Hampton Roads Harbor and Chesapeake Bay. If you're planning a trip to Virginia Beach, choose a day trip or behave with your family and friends, or even just for one night on the town.
If you visit the area where you live, we encourage you to take advantage of everything that Hampton Roads has to offer. From the campsites you visit, you will be overwhelmed by the beautiful beaches and rural back roads that make these iconic sites a place for your camper. If you're looking for an experience, you'll have no problem finding fun activities and tourist attractions with the vast expanses of tidal water in Hampton Rd.
Depending on where you are traveling, you can use the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel to reach the East Coast, Delaware or New Jersey. If you are in the area, local transportation is available and there are connecting buses. Greyhound and Megabus have regular bus services throughout the region, and Amtrak trains depart from Washington. You could take I-664 through the Bay Area, the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel or the HRBT and try to get off at the HRBT.
Hampton Roads is located on the peninsula, so combining a trip to Hampton Roads with a visit to Williamsburg or the Outer Banks is a convenient option. I like being close to the coast, so being close to Norfolk is a high priority, but if you are in a coastal area like Virginia Beach, you might as well stay in the city of Norfolk, Virginia, or in one of the other coastal towns in Virginia. The Virginia Beach seaside areas, about 30 minutes from Norfolk and about 20 minutes from Norfolk International Airport, are close enough to the beaches of Williamsburg and the outer banks, both along the coast.
Also in downtown Norfolk, near the Nauticus, is the official US Navy Museum, which focuses on the Navy's 220-year history in the region. Both Newport News and Williamsburg International Airport, located in Newport News, serve passengers from Hampton Roads, and both areas also have their own airports, Both are about 30 minutes apart and about 20 minutes apart.
Hampton Roads is located in Hampton Roads, and it is also home to the US Navy Museum in Newport News, as well as Norfolk Naval Air Station.
Southside of Hampton Roads includes the peninsula that includes Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson and Williamsburg. Located just outside the I-95 corridor, it is easily accessible from other points in the South and West, and hosts many of Virginia's top tourist attractions, including the Virginia Museum of Natural History. With a population of more than 1.8 million, the Hampton Road region includes the city of Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Norfolk Naval Air Station, Hampton International Airport, Norfolk State University and many other homes and businesses.
Most of the land area of Hampton Roads is geographically divided into two parts, the north side (locally known as the south side) and the east side, which is separated by the harbor. Countryside areas include the city of Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Newport News, Poquoson and Williamsburg, as well as many other cities, towns and villages.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hampton Roads had more than 2.5 million people living in 2010. Three daily newspapers serve the streets of Hampton: the Norfolk Times-Dispatch, the Newport News Daily News and the Virginia Beach Daily Times. Suffolk and Franklin are the two largest newspapers in the city of Norfolk and Norfolk, respectively, and three of the four largest in Virginia.
At that point, the entire region became known as Tidewater Virginia, which covers the entire coastal region of the state. There are four major interstates in Hampton Roads: I-95, I, -1, -2 and -3, and there is one interstate that connects the major population centers of Hampton Roads with the smaller towns of Norfolk, Norfolk and Newport News. The transition is the only one of its kind in the United States with a population of more than 2.5 million people. In addition to alternating between the city of Virginia Beach and the city of Portsmouth, Virginia (the second largest city in Virginia) and its suburbs, Hampton Road is also home to ABA Virginia Squires.