Bounded by the waters of the James River and the Hampton Roads harbor, Newport News is a city rich in history with a wide variety of things to see and do year-round. From our central location in Coastal Virginia, minutes from Williamsburg and a short drive to Virginia Beach, visitors can discover ships, history and the great outdoors, all in one fascinating vacation destination.
Newport News’ great location and rich history, which begins shortly after the founding of Jamestown, has shaped the city into what it is today. Located on the banks of the Hampton Roads harbor in southeastern Virginia, Newport News is minutes from Williamsburg and a short drive to Virginia Beach and the Atlantic Ocean. From this central Coastal Virginia location, you can experience ships, history and the great outdoors.
From the landing at Jamestown in 1607, to the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the 1862 Peninsula Campaign where the famous Battle of the CSS Virginia and the USS Monitor took place, visitors can step back in time and learn about our nation's beginning while visiting our region. With the USS Monitor Center, historic homes, battle sites, fortifications, monuments and extraordinary collections of artifacts, history will be at the top of your list! After reliving our nation's past, come and relax and enjoy one of our many scenic parks filled with every activity imaginable from hiking, camping, fishing, canoeing, golf and more to fun-filled attractions that let you get up close and personal with nature and Virginia's wildlife. Newport News is also home to Fort Eustis and Christopher Newport University.
We welcome you to visit and enjoy our many wonders. In Newport News you can experience ships, history, and the great outdoors – plus your just minutes from Williamsburg and a short drive to the Beach!