Catch a Liberty Wave

Newport News Tourism Development Office
Fountain Plaza Two, 700 Town Center Drive, Suite 320
Newport News, VA 23606
Region Hampton Roads
Locality Newport News City
Phone: (757) 926-1442

Day One:

Begin your day with a guided tour of the birthplace of America's space program, the Virginia Air and Space Center. This center features interactive aviation exhibits spanning 100 years of flight, more than 30 historic aircraft and more.

Next, enjoy a 3-hr cruise abord the "Miss Hampton II" and lunch as you see Coastal Virginia from the water side. Your guide will lead you past Naval Base Norfolk, the world's largest, supporting 75 ships and 13 aircraft alongside 14 piers and 11 aircraft hangars.

Your afternoon takes you to Norfolk where we are set free to explore. The USS Wisconsin is one of the largest and last battleships ever built by the US Navy.

Dine at the Crab Shack for some mouth-watering seafood.

Day Two:

Visit the US Army Transportation Museum. Devoted entirely to the history of the US Army transportation from colonial days to the present, it offers a unique glimpse of the importance of logistical support to the Army.

American history unfolds at the Virginia War Museum. Outstanding collections of personal artifacts, weapons, vehicles, uniforms, posters and more trace the development of the US military from 1775 to present.

Lunch at Anderson's Showplace Café and then a quick tour taking you past "The Dorothy", Victory Arch and Newport News Shipbuilding.

The Mariners' Museum/USS Monitor Center is home to the premier Civil War attraction in the country – the USS Monitor Center. The museum has over 35,000 artifacts, including ship models and small craft from around the world as well as interactive exhibits that bring American history alive.

Dinner tonight at The Boxwood Inn. Our host will greet us and give the history of the home and that of Lee Hall.

Day Three:

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum is your first stop. A panoramic experience, covering the 250 years of Portsmouth. The city and the shipyard have been intertwined since the founding of the Gosport Shipyard in 1767.

Built in 1915, the Lightship Portsmouth Museum served for 48 years off the coasts of Virginia, Delaware and Massachusetts helping mariners avoid dangerous shoals or enter safely into harbors at night. She retired in 1964 to Portsmouth and renamed according to the custom after the site where they are stationed. In 1989, she was designated a National Historic Landmark.

After lunch, leave Portsmouth and go to the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk. Located next to the MacArthur Mall, in the old Norfolk courthouse, the Memorial honors the life of the late general.

Last Updated: 6/18/2014 10:36 AM