The Coastal Virginia - Hampton Roads region continues to draw visitors year after year. There's so much to see and do year 'round that you'll definitely be glad you came.
The Historic Triangle
Perhaps nowhere else does the exciting story of the country come to life more vividly than in Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown. A visit to the Historic Triangle gives you the opportunity to experience living history and breathtaking views of the James and York Rivers.
- The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown chronicles the history of the Revolutionary War.
- Colonial National Historical Park comprises of two of the most historically significant sites in English North America – Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield.
- Colonial Williamsburg, the nation's largest living history museum, is actually a functional colonial town itself, and one of the most popular destinations in the world!
- Historic Jamestowne is the Birthplace of English-speaking America.
- Historic Yorktown, where American won its independence, is nestled with picturesque streets and paths overlooking the York River.
- Families, be sure to visit Busch Gardens theme park, voted the most beautiful theme park in the world, and soaking-wet fun Water Country USA!
- Golfers, this region is home to some of the best award-winning golf courses in the country, such as Kingsmill Resort & Spa.
Twenty-nine miles of Atlantic Oceanfront are accessible on the expanded white sands of Virginia Beach, with its famous paved Boardwalk and free seasonal events. Enjoy outdoor activities as well as these popular sites:
- Cape Henry Lighthouses - the oldest was built in 1792
- Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
- Old Coast Guard Station
- Mount Trashmore Park
- False Cape State Park and First Landing State Park - where the English first landed before moving up-river to Jamestown.
In Norfolk, port of Cruise Norfolk, where large ocean liners dock at Nauticus, The National Maritime Center, you can see the Battleship Wisconsin, with tours given by navy personnel from the Hampton Roads Naval Museum next door.
The coastal cities of Newport News, Hampton and Portsmouth offer:
- The Mariners' Museum and Park, Newport News
- Virginia Living Museum, Newport News
- U.S. Army Transportation Museum, Newport News
- Fort Monroe, "Freedom's Fort" in Hampton
- Hampton University, founded in 1868
- Virginia Air & Space Center, Hampton
- Naval Shipyard Museum, Portsmouth
- Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum, Portsmouth
- Children's Museum of Virginia, Portsmouth