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Exploring the Chesapeake Bay - Cities and Towns in Virginia

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Exploring the Chesapeake Bay - Cities and Towns in Virginia

Onancock, VA

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The towns along the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia have a variety of accommodations, restaurants, museums, attractions for kids, shopping venues and nightlife options.
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Cape Charles, VA - Located 10 miles north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, this town offers a commercial center with shops, restaurants, antiques, museum, a golf course, harbor, marinas, B&Bs and Bay Creek Resort. Points of interest include the Eastern Shore National Wildlife Refuge and Kiptopeke State Park. Cape Charles has the only public beach on the bayside of the Eastern Shore.

Hampton, VA – Located on the southeastern end of the Virginia Peninsula, Hampton is an independent city and features many miles of waterfront and beaches. The area is home to Langley Air Force Base, NASA Langley Research Center, and the Virginia Air and Space Center.

Irvington, VA - Located on Virginia's Northern Neck, Irvington sits on the shore of Carter's Creek, a tributary to the Rappahannock River. The town features a variety of lodging, shops, restaurants, and other attractions. The Tides Inn and Marina is a nationally recognized resort with waterfront lodging, restaurants, and amenities.

Norfolk, VA - The Norfolk waterfront offers Waterside Festival Marketplace with a variety of restaurants, shopping and entertainment. Major attractions include Chrysler Hall, the Chrysler Museum of Art, the National Maritime Center and Harbor Park Stadium. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy fishing, boating and surfing in the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

Onancock, VA - The town is nestled between two forks of a creek on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Charter boats are available for fishing or sightseeing. Visitors enjoy strolling through town to explore the art galleries, shops and restaurants. There are half a dozen places to stay, from restored Victorian Bed & Breakfast inns to a boutique hotel.

Poquoson, VA – The small city is located at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay northeast of Hampton and offers a selection of unique shops including antiques, art galleries, gift shops, and a tea room.

Portsmouth, VA – Portsmouth is located on the western side of the Elizabeth River directly across from the City of Norfolk. It is home to the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, the Childrens Museum of Virginia and Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. The Olde Town section features one of the largest collections of historically significant homes in the region.

Tangier Island, VA - Tangier is often referred to as the 'soft shell crab capital of the world' and is known for its fishing, sunset cruises, kayaking, fishing, birdwatching, crab and shanty tours. There are a variety of waterfront restaurants.

Urbanna, VA – Located on a deep-water creek on a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay, the small historic town is best known as the home to Virginia’s official oyster festival. There are a variety of unique shops, restaurants and B&Bs.

Virginia Beach, VA - As a premier beach resort with 38 miles of shorelin , Virginia Beach offers numerous recreational, historial and cultural opportunities. Popular attractions include the First Landing State Park, Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, Cape Henry Lighthouses, and the Ocean Breeze Waterpark.

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