Norfolk, VA

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At this attractive waterfront city discover extensive beaches of fine sands and a long and distinguished naval history and heritage.

Norfolk is a place where the water is never too far away. This attractive port city lies on the Elizabeth River at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay and is the home of the world's largest naval base. Visit Norfolk to explore maritime heritage, set sail on the water and unwind on attractive beaches.

Go on a guided tour of Naval Station Norfolk and see aircraft carriers, amphibious assault ships and other naval craft. Head to the downtown waterfront for Nauticus, a marine-themed science area, and step onboard the USS Wisconsin, a retired battleship. Enjoy a harbor cruise on the three-masted American Rover schooner.

Whether you visit Norfolk with or without children, the Virginia Zoological Park makes for a great day or half-day out. See animals from several continents, including Africa and North America. Follow the Trail of the Tiger, go on a walk through the Australian outback and explore the world of reptiles.

Enjoy more nature at the Norfolk Botanical Garden, a colorful and fragrant wonderland of themed gardens.

Drive approximately 18 miles (29 kilometers) east of the city for the white sandy beaches and waterways of Virginia Beach. Sunbathe, take part in water sports and enjoy the views, outdoor restaurants and shops of the 3-mile (5-kilometer) Virginia Beach Boardwalk.

If you can pull yourself away from the oceanfront, travel to some of Norfolk's other attractions. Observe some of the thousands of marine creatures representing more than 300 species at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center. Breathe in the fresh air as you hike along the trails of First Landing State Park where English colonists landed in 1607. Nearby is Cape Henry Lighthouse climb up this late 18th-century tower for delightful views of Chesapeake Bay. The newer, 19th-century lighthouse is closed to the public.

For dining options, try the restaurants of the Waterside District, a dining and entertainment complex on the banks of the river.

To get to Norfolk, drive, arrive by train or fly into Norfolk International Airport. Travel to beaches, nautical sites and family-friendly attractions by car or public transportation.

Where to stay in Norfolk

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Norfolk Airport
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Norfolk Airport
2.5 out of 5
1387 N Military Hwy, Norfolk, VA, 23502
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $67 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19
$67
per night
Dec 18 - Dec 19
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Norfolk. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
3.8/5 Good! (1,003 reviews)
"Good Quality hotel. Clean & Fresh room. Pleasure to travel knowing La Quinta will welcome us"

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2022

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Norfolk Airport
Hilton Norfolk The Main
Hilton Norfolk The Main
4 out of 5
100 East Main Street, Norfolk, VA, 23510
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $152 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19
$152
per night
Dec 18 - Dec 19
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Norfolk. Enjoy 3 restaurants, a rooftop terrace, and breakfast. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (890 reviews)
"Excellent location beautiful and well decorated for the holidays"

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2022

Hilton Norfolk The Main
Delta Hotels by Marriott Norfolk Airport
Delta Hotels by Marriott Norfolk Airport
3.5 out of 5
1570 N Military Hwy, Norfolk, VA, 23502
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $114 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19
$114
per night
Dec 18 - Dec 19
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Norfolk. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (982 reviews)
"Wonderful hotel. The whole experience from check in to check out. Marisela, Shuncia and Laureen were wonderful."

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2022

Delta Hotels by Marriott Norfolk Airport
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Rustic Rooftop Delight - Bay Front 2 Bedroom Apts by Redawning
Rustic Rooftop Delight - Bay Front 2 Bedroom Apts by Redawning
3.5 out of 5
1926 East Ocean View Avenue, Norfolk, VA, 23503
Stay at this 3.5-star vacation home in Norfolk. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 bedrooms. Popular attractions Naval Station Norfolk and Community Beach ...
Rustic Rooftop Delight - Bay Front 2 Bedroom Apts by Redawning
Classic Chesapeake Beachside Cottage w/ Porch!
Classic Chesapeake Beachside Cottage w/ Porch!
Norfolk, Virginia
Stay at this beach vacation home in Norfolk. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and a porch. Popular attractions Naval Station Norfolk and Community Beach are ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (41 reviews)
Wonderful beach side property
"My bestie and I had a quick 2 day trip for a wedding, we both just loved this cute cottage right away. Being able to walk right out to the beach was the best part of our initial walk thru. Both bedrooms are upstairs so just be ready and able to go up some tight steep steps, still a very cute place! ..."

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2022

Classic Chesapeake Beachside Cottage w/ Porch!
Cozy Suite at the Beach
Cozy Suite at the Beach
Norfolk, VA
Stay at this beach cottage in Norfolk. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (48 reviews)
Peaceful
"Great spot for relaxing"

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2022

Cozy Suite at the Beach
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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