The historic, financial, and cultural center of Virginia, Norfolk is a city of 242,000 people, with a long history as a point of military significance. A “Navy town,” Norfolk is the home to the world’s largest fleet of US ships, as well as the world’s largest naval base. Norfolk is not just about ships, however; the city also offers world-class symphonies, ballets, museums, operas, restaurants, and attractions, as well as a rich assortment of natural beauty and historic districts. Bounded all almost all sides by water, Norfolk is also a major beach destination.
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Norfolk has a moderate climate with hot summers, warm springs and autumns, and mild winters with relatively little snowfall. Events in the city include the Downtown Norfolk Restaurant Week, the Ghent Bar Tour, the Stockley Gardens Art Festival, as well as many sporting events around Old Dominion University. For unique dining experience, try some of the local restaurants, such as Chocollage, Handsome Biscuit, Razzo, the Empire Little Bar Bistro, 456 Fish, and more.
Transportation in and Around Norfolk
Travelers by air can get into Norfolk via the Norfolk International Airport (ORF), or the nearby Newport News / Williamsburg International Airport (NHF). ORF is just northeast of Norfolk’s city center, while PHF is approximately twenty minutes north. ORF has non-stop direct flights to many major US cities, including Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, and Philadelphia.
Amtrak offers train service running into both Norfolk and Virginia Beach, and visitors can also get into Norfolk by boat, as there is a passenger ferry in nearby Portsmouth. Norfolk also has a “boat taxi” service that can pick up passengers anywhere in the city that is accessible by water.
Unfortunately for driver, traffic in Norfolk is considered among some of the worst in the nation, especially during the summer months. Traffic congestion tends to gather around I-664 and the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel, as well as I-64 and the 460. Signage in the city tends to be somewhat less than adequate, and drivers are advised to have a map and / or a local guide and stay on the interstates as much as possible.
As with most cities, a rental car, taxi or other motorized transport is likely to be necessary to get around, so visitors may want to avoid the inconvenience and charter a bus or shuttle van from Metropolitan Shuttle.
Colleges and Universities in Norfolk
Norfolk Theater and Arts
Museums and Culture in Norfolk
Chrysler Museum of Art
Hampton Roads Naval Museum
Hermitage Museum & Gardens
Hunter House Victorian Museum
Ocean View Station Museum
The Hurrah Players
Attractions in Norfolk
Sports in Norfolk
Norfolk Convention Venues
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