Imagine waking up to seagull calls and the scent of saltwater in the Chesapeake Bay. Add a healthy serving of fresh Virginia oysters and a cornucopia of historic sites and cultural venues and you’ve got a relaxing vacation in Norfolk, Virginia. When you crave crashing waves to go with delectable seafood dishes, remember scenic Virginia Beach is just 18 miles to the east and it’s idyllic to say the least. Choose from our Norfolk vacation deals and you’ll be on your way to colonial and contemporary landmarks and refreshing moments looking out to sea.
Norfolk getaways are the combination of beautiful architecture, delicious eats, and of course fabulous flights and hotels. Curate your own deals from our selection of luxury hotels. Many of our guest favorites are located in Virginia Beach, a short drive from downtown Norfolk.
Norfolk and the entire Chesapeake Bay area is brimming with history and cutting-edge artistry. In Norfolk’s city center, stand where some of the first Americans first gathered to worship in the sanctuary at Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, built in 1739 and rebuilt after wars and fires destroyed all but its walls. On the same block, The Chrysler Museum of Art is known for its fire, too. Watch local glass blowers at work in the glass studio and meander through waterfront galleries in the main museum.
Hoping to sneak away on a romantic vacation in Norfolk? Wander through Norfolk Botanical Garden on the north side of the city, home to flower-lined walking trails, a peaceful lake, and plenty of space for a picnic with your sweetheart. Pick up gourmet take-out from one of the downtown bistros near the banks of Elizabeth River or from hotel room service. Then take a drive to the sandy shore of Virginia Beach to watch the water turn bright magenta as the sun sets. While you’re in Virginia Beach, visit the First Landing State Park near the site of the Virginia Company’s first settlement.
When the weather starts to warm up for summer, Norfolk locals take that as their cue to gather at the water. Plan your Norfolk vacation around events like the PANorama Caribbean Music Fest in Virginia Beach in May, Norfolk Harborfest each June, and Virginia CaribFest, which fills Norfolk’s Town Point Park with dancing and delicious Caribbean cuisine. Between May and September, head to Ocean View Beach Park for the Big Bands on the Bay concert series and sway to local musicians serenading the sunset.
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