Enjoy the sun and the sand at one of the Eastern Seaboard’s most popular beach towns. Virginia Beach sits along the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the Chesapeake River, with 6 miles of public beach fronted by a 3-mile-long historic boardwalk that is perfect for a leisurely stroll or bike ride. No matter what your taste in beaches, you’ll find it nearby, whether you prefer the carnival and crowds atmosphere on the boardwalk or a more secluded, natural escape along the northern beaches. Families can find plenty to do in town, from the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center to the Atlantic Fun Park. There are also interesting historic sites nearby, like First Landing State Park, where the Jamestown colonists first arrived in America, and the Cape Henry Lighthouse, one of the country’s oldest, which offers a great vantage point for watching Navy ships headed up the Chesapeake.
Virginia Beach sits about 25 minutes east of Norfolk on I-264. As a popular and convenient waterfront destination, the town is packed with hotels, bars and restaurants, and the beaches can get very crowded during the summer months, though mild winters make it worth visiting year round.