Regent University is centrally located in beautiful Virginia Beach, Virginia. The campus offers fast access to the main interstate, I-64. This roadway is a pipeline to many attractions, events and shopping. The Hampton Roads area is comprised of these Virginia cities: Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Newport, News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Williamsburg, and Virginia Beach. This metropolitan area among the top-40 largest in the nation and home to nearly 2 million residents, and offers a unique blend of urban, suburban and rural treasures.
Within less than an hour of campus, you can enjoy each of these cities and their dynamic mix of historic locations, trails, parks, arts, shopping, military bases, beaches, and various entertainment venues. Navigate to many popular attractions in just 20 minutes or less!
Located on the southeastern coast of Virginia, at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach is known for its history as “America’s First Region.” The city is also home to gorgeous beaches and vibrant oceanfront resorts, boardwalk attractions, and events that most recently include Pharell’s “Something in the Water” music festival.
- First Landing State Park
- Virginia Beach Aquarium
- Virginia Beach Boardwalk
- Mount Trashmore Park
- Ocean Breeze Water Park and Motor World Go Kart Track
Located at the core of the Hampton Roads, Norfolk is known as the area’s most urban cultural centers. The largest naval base in the world, Norfolk is also home to Norfolk Admirals hockey and Norfolk Tides Triple-A minor league baseball. The city also boasts plenty of restaurant and shopping districts, kid-friendly activities, entertainment arenas, and harborside events.
- Norfolk Botanical Gardens
- Virginia Zoo and the Chrysler Museum of Art
- Norfolk Premium Outlets Mall
- MacArthur Memorial and MacArthur Shopping Mall
- Nauticus and the Waterside District
Portsmouth is most known for its naval shipyard and naval medical center. This quaint port town is also home to the Olde Town Historic District with kid-friendly activities and even a ferry system that connects Norfolk and Portsmouth.
- Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum
- Children’s Museum of Portsmouth
- Old Towne Historic District
- Railroad Museum of Virginia
- Portsmouth Arts and Cultural Center
With the second largest land area in Virginia, Chesapeake offers a diverse mix of farmland, forests, wetlands, and urban areas. It borders with North Carolina but is also located on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, providing distinct points of interest in its park system, outdoor activities, and shopping areas. Chesapeake is also international home for Dollar Tree.
- Chesapeake City Park
- Chesapeake Square Shopping Mall
- Chesapeake Skate Park
- The Chesapeake Bay
- Greenbrier Shopping Mall
Offering miles of waterfront property on the Nansemond and James Rivers, Suffolk is a friendly community with large-scale land mass for biking, hiking, and exploring but with a small-town feel.
- Sleepy Hole Park and Golf Course
- The Great Dismal Swamp
- Skydive Suffolk
- Suffolk Peanut Fest
- Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum
Located on the southeastern side of the Virginia Peninsula, Hampton is largely known for its Air Force base, space center, and NASA research center. The city also features historical sites, including Old Point Comfort and a moated bastion fort, and thrilling attractions, such as Langley Speedway and a NASCAR short track and more.
- Virginia Air & Space Center
- Casemate Museum of Fort Monroe
- Buckroe Beach and Park
- Hampton Coliseum
- Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway
Located at the Peninsula side of Hampton Roads, Newport News is nested on the harbor and along the James River. The city has grown from a fishing village with farmland and underdeveloped land to include a major shipyard and a junction between rail and ocean. Fittingly, much of the city’s prime attractions are linked to its military and nautical heritage.
- Peninsula Fine Arts Center
- Mariner’s Museum
- James River Fishing Pier
- Virginia Living Museum
- Virginia War Museum
OTHER AREAS OF INTEREST IN VIRGINIA AND NEARBY
Historic Williamsburg served as the capital of the Colony and Commonwealth of Virginia from 1699 to 1780. Chockful of historic sites, the gorgeous city boasts cobblestone streets, restored Colonial sites, and charming shops and restaurants. In fact, Colonial Williamsburg is Virginia’s largest tourist attraction. Modern Williamsburg also offers a wealth of shopping outlets, indoor/outdoor entertainment and scenic parkways and gardens.
- Colonial Williamsburg
- Busch Gardens Williamsburg
- Water Country USA
- The Historic James Town Settlement
- Freedom Mountain Bike Park
INTERESTED IN EVEN MORE VIRGINIA TREASURES?
Within just a one- to three-hour drive, you can immerse yourself in these outdoor activities, historical areas, ski and lake areas, and more.
- Shenandoah National Park
- Luray Caverns
- The Jefferson Monticello
- Arlington, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
- National Museum of African American History and Culture
- Massanutten and Wintergreen Ski Resorts
- Great Falls, Virginia
- Richmond, Virginia
For more information about tourism in Virginia, visit Virginia is for Lovers: https://www.virginia.org/
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