Chesapeake has an extensive list of recreational possibilities like water skiing or boating on the Chesapeake Bay, fishing off local piers or golfing at one of the city's several courses. In 1999, it was ranked among the five safest U.S. cities of its size and ninth in a listing of ''America's 50 Hottest Cities.'' For a breakdown of areas, click the 'View Map' button.
Nestled east of the York River in Hampton Roads, Gloucester still upholds a reputation of adhering to a tradition of colonial elegance and quiet simplicity. Gloucester County offers an abundance of personal and professional opportunities that emphasize quality of life, remembrance of history and a responsible path for the future. For a breakdown of areas, click the 'View Map' button.
Hampton is widely known as the home of NASA Langley Research Center, the Hampton Coliseum concert venue and Hampton University. The city's location has the advantage of being midway between two Hampton Roads tourism meccas -- Williamsburg and Virginia Beach. For a breakdown of areas, click the 'View Map' button.
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Isle of Wight County is located on the banks of the Pagan River, and lying on the opposite shore of the James River. It is also a haven for the historian and the archaeologist, with a number of fascinating historic sites and frequent discoveries from our pre-historic past among the clay cliffs and sweeping beaches of the south coast. For a breakdown of areas, click the 'View Map' button.
There is substance behind the scenic miles of forest-lined highway on the Peninsula: Newport News Park, the largest municipal park on the East Coast. The city has restored historic sites like the ante-bellum Lee Hall home and the Endview Plantation, a former Confederate and Union hospital. For a breakdown of areas, click the 'View Map' button.
This nearly-400-year-old maritime city has seen a lot of change since the opening last year of the MacArthur Center mall downtown. Waterfront condos and luxury apartments have sprung up, new clubs and restaurants have drawn crowds to a fully occupied Waterside Festival Marketplace. For a breakdown of areas, click the 'View Map' button.
Portsmouth is home to America's first Navy hospital, built in 1827. Portsmouth houses the largest children's museum in the state, The Children's Museum of Virginia. Other museums downtown include the Lightship Museum, a National Historic Landmark, the Museum of Military History and the Naval Ship-yard Museum. For a breakdown of areas, click the 'View Map' button.
Southampton County was formed in 1749 from Isle of Wight County. Later a part of Nansemond County was added. It has an area of 607 square miles. Southampton County is a rural landscape of Magnolia trees, peanut and cotton fields and sunsets glinting off one of the area's three rivers, which have played a key role in commerce. For a breakdown of areas, click the 'View Map' button.
Containing 430 square miles of woods, lakes, rivers and land, Suffolk is Virginia's largest city and the nation's eleventh largest. Suffolk touts its industrial parks, a movie studio and plenty of land for high-tech companies and people who want a taste of the rural life within easy driving distance of other Hampton Roads cities. For a breakdown of areas, click the 'View Map' button.
Virginia Beach draws 2.7 million tourists each year, and was named the FBI's safest city of its size in America, and, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, is home of the world's longest pleasure beach. Virginia Beach has everything from fields of strawberries to hiking and biking trails, from surf and sand to arts and museums. For a breakdown of areas, click the 'View Map' button.
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The 173-acre renovated historic area, known as Colonial Williamsburg, now has 88 original structures, five museums and more than 300 reconstructed buildings. Tourism has spawned other 21st century vacation amenities like shopping emporiums, Busch Gardens theme park and Water Country USA, hotels, restaurants and resorts. For a breakdown of areas, click the 'View Map' button.
Walking the narrow streets of Yorktown allows one to become immersed in the 300 years of history the town has to share. The town is home to over 350 people and is a perfect getaway spot for thousands more. The beautiful York River and the quiet historic streets offer opportunities for fishing, swimming, picnicking, touring or simply relaxing. For a breakdown of areas, click the 'View Map' button.