Virginia Beach Discovery Guide

Virginia Beach is a city situated in the metropolitan area of Hampton Roads, Virginia, on the Atlantic Ocean at the entrance of Chesapeake Bay. It is the most highly populated city of Virginia and the country’s 41st largest with a population of 437,994 in 2010.

Virginia Beach is the easternmost city of Hampton Roads and is also called "America's First Region." It comprises Chesapeake, Newport News, Hampton, Norfolk, Suffolk and Portsmouth, besides smaller cities, towns and counties of Hampton Roads.

Virginia Beach is a resort city with miles and miles of beachfront and hotels and motels along it. Every year, it hosts the East Coast Surfing Championships and the North American Sand Soccer Championship. It also has many state parks, protected beaches, historic sites, military bases, several large corporations, two universities and Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. The Guinness Book of Records lists Virginia Beach as having the world’s longest pleasure beach. It also has the world’s longest bridge-tunnel complex.

If you visit Virginia Beach, do visit the First Landing Cross which is the spot where America’s first settlers reached in 1607. Also check out the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse at Fort Story, the Old Coast Guard Station and the Norwegian Lady statue, gifted by the people of Moss, Norway. It’s also worth seeing the oldest brick house in America, the Adam Thoroughgood House, built in the 1600s; the Lynnhaven House, an 18th century middle-class house and one of the best preserved in the US; and the 1824-built Princess Anne Courthouse.


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