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Norfolk is a city in the state of Virginia and is one of Virginia's largest cities. Norfolk is located on the Elizabeth River, in Hampton Roads, a large natural harbor. It is a part of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area, officially known as the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC MSA.
The major east-west routes are Interstate 64, U.S. Highway 58 and U.S. Highway 460. The major north-south routes are U.S. Highway 13 and U.S. Highway 17.
With its sparkling downtown
waterfront, tall glimmering buildings and storied maritime heritage, Norfolk,
Virginia stands today as one of the Mid Atlantic region's most dynamic and
progressive cultural centers.
World-class museums, galleries, intimate performing arts halls and scores of
other attractions dot the city's pedestrian-friendly downtown waterfront, while
the white sandy beaches of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean lie just
In fact, this old seaport in the heart of the Virginia Waterfront is so vibrant,
the New York Times declared Norfolk a "cultural center of note," while Money
Magazine dubbed it "The South's #1 big city to live in."
A city as rich in history as there are things to do, Norfolk enjoys a cost of
living considerably more generous than most cities, offering business, leisure,
and convention traveler the kind of value and entertainment that can be found in
few other places.
Whatever the visitor may choose to do in The New Norfolk, it's easy to see that
the old seaport's pulse is beating stronger than ever.
Easily accessible by air,
car, train or bus, Norfolk awaits its visitors with year round moderate weather.
With near perfect weather and more things to see and do than a traveler can
imagine, Norfolk hosts visitors from around the world throughout the year with
the busiest time being the summer when kids are out of school and tourists
descend on the entire area.
Norfolk enjoys a temperate mid-Atlantic climate
moderated by its proximity to the Gulf Stream. Average yearly high temperature
is 67.4°F; average low is 51°F. The overall percentage of sunshine is 65%.
Summer is exceptionally pleasant with warm breezes and temperatures averaging in
the 70’s F with plenty of sunshine. This is the perfect time to take advantage
of the world renowned attractions both in the city and in nearby Williamsburg.
Spring and fall are quite pleasant and less crowded. The temperatures are just
cool enough for an invigorating walk after dinner at one of the many fine
restaurants in the area. Winters can get chilly and it does snow. Whatever the
season, Norfolk is picture postcard material. Be sure to bring a camera.
Whatever interests a visitor
might have, Norfolk has an attraction to match. For instance, for anyone
interested in the Civil War, visitors can trace Norfolk's Civil War heritage by
following the Civil War Trails around the city. Sites include Fort Norfolk, the
historic Freemason District, and the Black Civil War Memorial - the south's only
commemoration of black Union troops.The city is also home to the Naval Station
Norfolk. The Station is home port to more than 75 ships and 100 aircraft of the
Atlantic Fleet. It is the world's largest naval installation. For a little more
history, the Battleship USS Wisconsin, located next to Nauticus, The National
Maritime Center, is the largest and last battleship ever built by the U.S. Navy.
Visitors can explore its deck through a self-guided or audiotape tour that will
take one back in time to experience this majestic ship that earned five battle
stars during World War II.
For a family adventure, no
trip to the Norfolk area would be complete without a visit to Busch Gardens
Williamsburg. Conveniently located nearby, it’s a perfect day trip for the
Here 17th-century charm
combines with 21st-century technology to create the ultimate family experience.
Busch Gardens boasts more than 50 thrilling rides and attractions, ten main
stage shows, a wide variety of award-winning cuisine and world-class shops. The
entertainment doesn’t stop there. Norfolk also offers fine dining, theatre, the
performing arts, nearby beaches and, just minutes away, one of the Seven Wonders
of the World, The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.
This is one city that
visitors come back to visit over and over as each time creates a different