Coastal Virginia/Hampton Roads is where salty air, pristine Atlantic beaches (35 miles long) and sites that chronicle America’s earliest history mingle with standout sports facilities. Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in Portsmouth honors great champions and celebrates Virginia’s rich sports history.
Span the centuries between seafaring and space exploration. Start at the Mariner’s Museum in Newport News, renowned center of the famous Monitor ironclad ship. A few minutes down the road, Hampton’s Virginia Air and Space Center celebrates the age of flight.
Early American history sites add to this area’s appeal. Visitors to the Historic Triangle of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown learn about the heritage of early America. Leisure activities abound too, including golf, Busch Gardens and Water Country USA theme parks, and museums and outlet shopping.
Guests to the region explore Virginia Beach’s wide boardwalk, enjoy succulent seafood delights and develop an appreciation of the area’s environmental commitment to the ocean and surrounding marshes. World-class shopping and the world’s largest Naval base are found in Norfolk. The region also displays all the cosmopolitan features you’d expect to find in Virginia’s largest cities.
The region boasts plenty of indoor space for wrestling, fencing and gymnastics such as Hampton Roads Convention Center with its contemporary technology amenities resembles the billowing sails of an elegant ship racing across the sea – a nod to the region’s maritime heritage. The Virginia Beach Convention Center has state-of-the-art space plus LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Chesapeake Convention Center accommodates mid-size groups and is close to hotels, restaurants, shopping and the Dismal Swamp recreation area.
Beaches throughout Coastal Virginia provide the perfect venue for sand soccer, volleyball, surfing and triathlons. Plenty of diamond and rectangle fields are the site for softball, baseball, lacrosse, soccer and football tournaments.
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