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Virginia Coast Tour

Drive Through Cities Like Exmore & Norfolk

Take the road along the coast in Virginia – you’ll create long-lasting memories, never ending fun, and see a wide variety of top attractions. From cities like Newport News to Norfolk, and all the way north to Chincoteague Island, make the most of this excellent tour of the Virginia coast.

Newport News

There’s no better place to start your Virginia coast drive tour. Newport News is a charming city only minutes from Hampton. With the James River to the west, and the York River to the east, you’ll encounter a wide lens by which to view Newport News as you embark on this tour. Newport New is home to the U.S. Army Transportation Museum, and the Virginia War Museum.

Must See
At 456 acres in size, the Sandy Bottom Nature Park is an ideal destination for you and the family as you tour through Newport News. Just outside of downtown Newport News, the Sandy Bottom Nature Park features nature paths, hiking trails, various forms of wildlife, excellent bird watching areas, and lots of room for picnics. Open seven days a week, sun up to sun down, the Sandy Bottom Nature Park is one of the top local attractions near Newport News.

Local Guide
With nearly 60,000 square feet of gallery space, The Mariners’ Museum and Park is a premier family destination in Newport News. Not far from downtown, you’ll find The Mariners’ Museum and Park just west of U.S. Hwy 60 on the banks of Lake Maury. With permanent collections, travelling exhibits, and plenty of hands-on activities for the kids (and yourself, if you’re curious enough), The Mariners’ Museum and Park is an excellent choice – don’t miss out on Maritime Mondays.

Outdoor
Head east along I-64 and discover Buckroe Beach, one of the premier summer destinations for those visiting Newport News during the warmer months. You can enjoy a nice walk in the sandy beach, take your bicycle out for a spin on any of the designated paths, or check out the Groovin’ by the Bay concert series, held each Sunday night in the summer.

Chesapeake

Your next stop on this ocean-side tour is the city of Chesapeake. Founded in 1963, Chesapeake is a quaint and pleasant city, home to some of the top attractions along the Virginia coast – don’t miss out on the Chesapeake Arboretum, or the Great Dismal Swamp. Many prefer I-664 as the main route, but you can also enjoy enjoy a more scenic adventure if you drive along U.S. Highway 17.

Must See
If a quick round of golf is on your agenda, head for the Cahoon Plantation golf course. A fun and challenging executive-style course (nine holes, rather than the traditional 18) Cahoon Plantation is 3,528 yards from the back tees, playing to a par 36. Many golfers enjoy the shorter length – sneak in a round before lunch, or extend your day on the links with a double – you can always play through twice to get your full 18 holes of golf.

Local Guide
Explore a bit of local history when you drive over to the Battlefield Historic Park, a crucial site in the battle for American independence. In 1775, The Great Bridge saw the Battle of the Great Bridge take place – December 9th through 13th. As a non-profit, the Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways History Foundation seeks to preserve and celebrate the history of the area. Check out this park on your tour of Chesapeake.

Outdoor
Another top golf destination in the Chesapeake area, Battlefield Golf Club at Centerville is 18 holes and open to the public. At 6,192 yards from the back tee boxes, the Battlefield Golf Club at Centerville opened in 2007, and plays to a par 70. Challenging and fun, the Battlefield Golf Club at Centerville will provide an excellent golf outing before you depart Chesapeake for Norfolk.

Norfolk

From Chesapeake, make the short drive north along I-464 into Norfolk. Incorporated as a city in 1736, Norfolk features a rich blend of cultural and historic artifacts and a certain flair for the modernity of coastal tourism. You’ll find a wealth of top attractions when you drive through Norfolk.

Must See
Naval Station Norfolk is, quite literally, the largest naval station in the entire world. Stretching along the Elizabeth River into the Willoughby Bay, Naval Station Norfolk features 14 piers and 11 hangars, which help support 75 ships, 134 aircraft carriers, and many different military aircraft.

Local Guide
Built in 1792, the Cape Henry Lighthouse is noted as being the first lighthouse authorized by the local government. Appointed by George Washington, Laban Goffigan was the first lighthouse keeper. Enjoy a charming tour the Cape Henry Lighthouse, which stands (quite literally) as one of the oldest surviving lighthouses in the U.S.

Outdoor
A perfect way to enjoy your spring or summer drive through Norfolk is with a visit to Ocean View Beach. Producing some of the most stellar views in the area, Ocean View Beach is one of Norfolk’s top destinations – the nearby Ocean View Beach Park hosts a variety of events throughout the year. See concerts, fairs, and festivals in Norfolk.

Virginia Beach

Embark on this next chapter of the tour – head east into Virginia Beach. Reached easily via I-264, Virginia Beach is a charming and buzzing seaside city. Home to a variety of attractions and sites, Virginia Beach proves to be an ideal destination during any spring or summer drive through coastal Virginia.

Must See
Don’t miss out on a visit to the Sanbridge Beach, one of the most popular and fun attractions in Virginia Beach. A long strip of beach-land between the Atlantic Ocean and the Back Bay, Sandbridge Beach yields excellent surfing, sandy-white shores, and fishing on Little Island Pier. Pack your swimsuit and take a refreshing dip in the Atlantic Ocean.

Local Guide
If you’re looking to take your boat out for a spin, head for the Lynnhaven Boat Ramp & Beach Facility. A premier marina and boat launching site in Virginia Beach, the Lynnhaven Boat Ramp & Beach Facility yields an excellent aquatic adventure on the Chesapeake Bay.

Outdoor
Travelling with your golf clubs? Great. Head for the Heron Ridge Golf Club, a top golf course along the Virginia coast. 18 holes played across more than 7,000 yards – from the back tees, of course – the Heron Ridge Golf Club is open to the public, and was designed by Fred Couples, the PGA icon.

Exmore

The next leg of your coastal Virginia tour will have you head north along Highway 13 into Exmore. Enjoy the drive on the Lucius J. Kellam Jr. Bridge Tunnel. Known as “The Treasure of Virginia’s Eastern Shore,” Exmore is a pleasant and well-appointed seaside town. While less than one square mile in size, Exmore makes up for it by yielding some of the most fun in the area – don’t miss fishing at the Davis Wharf, or explore some of the historic homes.

Must See
Just east of downtown Exmore is the Hog Island Bay, one of the most ideal destinations for any stop in Exmore. You can fishing along the many miles of shoreline, hire a charter to take you out for excellent sight-seeing and deep water fishing, or stay on land and experience some of the top bird watching the Virginia coast can offer.

Local Guide
It’s hard to make any visit to Exmore and not head for the Cape Charles Beach – especially when visiting during the spring or summer months. Cool off with a dip, enjoy the sandy beaches, or plan a pleasant family picnic – you’ll find all you need at Cape Charles Beach, only minutes southwest of Exmore.

Outdoor
On your way into Exmore, be sure to stop off at the Kiptopeke State Park, an ideal way to spend some time outside. Especially great for those who enjoy bird watching, Kiptopeke State Park is a resting place for migratory birds – depending on the season when you visit, you can see a wide range of fowl; August through November is the best window for bird watchers.

Chincoteague Island

Continue north on the final segment of this Virginia coast tour and check out Chincoteague Island. Known for their Chincoteague ponies who roam the beaches and watering holes, Chincoteague Island is nearly the perfect place to end your tour. You’ll find plenty of fun under the sun, attractive sites, and a wide range of history.

Must See
The island itself is considered by many to be a top attraction. Get on out and explore – known as a resort island, you’ll discover a myriad of things to see, do, and taste; some of the freshest and best seafood you can find in the entire state originates from Chincoteague and surrounding towns.

Local Guide
Visit in late July and be sure to plan a day at the annual Pony Swim. A pony penning and carnival, the Pony Swim is a unique to Chincoteague Island – watch as cowboys heard and rustle nearly 200 horses and ponies through the Assateague Channel.

Outdoor
Before you big adieu to Chincoteague Island, you’ll want to explore the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Covering nearly 14,000 acres of marshes, beach-land, and forests, the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge yields tours of the Assateague Lighthouse, and offers sight-seeing tours on the Wildlife Bus Tours.