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Virginia's Eastern Shore

The Coastal Virginia – Eastern Shore region is accessible via the 17.5-mile Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. The Shore stretches 70 miles and is situated between the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean. 

Step back to a time of old railroad towns and intimate fishing villages. Listen for the unique old-world accents spoken here, especially by Tangier Island residents! Shop at a roadside stand, and learn how to crab from a pier.

The Shore is known for its fresh oysters and winter is the season to claim these succulents for your own. If harvesting is not as appealing as devouring, finding a restaurant to serve them up any way you wish is no task at all. 

One of the most beloved sites on the Eastern Shore is the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, where the annual Pony Swim and Auction occurs. The event was made famous by Margurite Henry's "Misty of Chincoteague".

No other beach walk will be as memorable as the one you'll take on Assateague. Watch wild ponies feed on the marsh grasses. Chances are, it'll be just you and them! 

Other Eastern Shore attractions:

Accommodations are cozy here with a variety of B&Bs and inns. The seafood can't be beat! You'll also love the out-of-the-way beaches, where you might not meet another human for miles. Be sure to check out the fun events on the Eastern Shore as you plan your vacation.

Chincoteague Island

Chincoteague Island, at the northeastern tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, is part of Accomack County. It's known worldwide…

Onancock

Capt. John Smith called the area of Onancock "the Gem of the Eastern Shore" in the 1600s. Budget Travel called it…

Tangier Island

Tangier is a remote island accessible by air or sea, 12 miles out in the Chesapeake Bay. Visit the “soft crab capital…

Area Highlights

Assateague Lighthouse

  • Assateague Island

The Assateague lighthouse, built in 1867, stands 142 feet high. The brick tower has two 1000-watt lamps that double flash every…

Eastern Shore Railway Museum

  • Railroad Square

Train tracks lead into Parksley’s quaint town square where tiny shops and picture-perfect Victorian homes give the town the…

Kiptopeke State Park

  • 3540 Kiptopeke Drive

On Virginia’s beautiful Eastern Shore, which was explored by Capt. John Smith in 1608, Kiptopeke offers recreational access…