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Welcome to Coastal Virginia – one of America’s most scenic, exciting and historic travel destinations. Comprised of Chesapeake, Franklin-Southampton County, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Smithfield-Isle of Wight, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, and Virginia’s Eastern Shore, all are easily accessible by Interstate, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, Amtrak train service and two major airports, Norfolk International and Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, designated “One of the Seven Engineering Wonders of the Modern World,” connects southern Coastal Virginia to Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

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Coastal Virginia offers unique and memorable experiences for every traveler. History buffs are inspired by the region’s past, enjoying immersive experiences at interpreted sites in Williamsburg, Hampton, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Smithfield. Visitors can chose from amazing museum attractions including Norfolk’s Nauticus, a maritime-themed science center and museum featuring the Battleship Wisconsin, Virginia Zoo and Norfolk Botanical Garden. Colonial Williamsburg, the world’s largest living history museum is part of the Historic Triangle which includes Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. And you won’t want to miss the spectacular Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center in Virginia Beach, Hampton’s Virginia Air & Space Center and the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News.

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Both Chesapeake and Suffolk are gateways for the vast nature of the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.  Virginia’s Eastern Shore offers pristine coastal plains perfect for bird watching as well as NASA-Wallops Island rocket launches.  In addition, festivals and the arts abound region-wide at outdoor parks, in theaters, concert and sports venues and at world-renowned Virginia Arts Festival performances. You’ll also have a chance to “salute” our military, as Coastal Virginia is home to the world’s largest naval installation along with all branches of the Armed Forces.

Coastal Virginia keeps it real with chef-owned farm-to-table restaurants, distilleries, wineries and local shops you won’t find anywhere else. Mild year-round temperatures ensure virtually endless outdoor activities, including award-winning golf courses and charter-boat voyages, pier fishing, paddle boarding and surfing, to name a few. Thrill seekers will enjoy Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s coasters and rides in an award-winning European-themed adventure park.


From small towns to urban chic, you’ll find inclusive, unique Coastal Virginia the perfect vacation destination for those seeking clean beaches, outdoor recreation, fascinating history, fine arts, culture, thrilling events & festivals, exciting theme parks, abundant shopping, world class fishing and coastal cuisine. We hope you’ll come to experience it all!

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