Newport News, located on the southeastern end of the Virginia peninsula, is just off the coast of the James River. It may be one of the oldest documented places in the New World, after the Jamestown landing in 1607. Since then, Newport News has set the scene for a lot of America’s history including the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and the Peninsula Campaign. It’s a place that brings history back to life, with a tourist appeal that extends beyond its natural beauty.
Newport News has tons of sites where visitors can learn about the nation’s beginning. The Mariners’ Museum, Fort Eustis and Virginia War Museum are home to extensive artifacts and collections from America’s past. There’s a historic C&O railroad station and a number of American Civil War Battle sites near Lee Hall towards the city’s west end. There are also 19th century plantations that have been protected and preserved through the ages. The Virginia Living Museum is an outdoor living museum where visitors can see wildlife and visit the aquarium and botanical preserve. Newport News also has a number of scenic parks where visitors can hike, camp, fish and canoe. Newport News Park, the largest of 32 city-parks maintained by Newport News Parks, is the second largest city-park in the United States. The park has an archery range, disc golf course and an “aeromodel flying field” for remote-controlled aircraft.
Newport News is located near Hampton, Williamsburg and Virginia Beach. At Hampton, you’ll find miles and miles of waterfront and beaches in addition to Langley Air Force Base, NASA Langley Research Center and the Virginia Air and Space Center. Williamsburg, the capital of Virginia, is just over 20 miles from Newport News. And Virginia Beach, 40 miles southeast of Newport News, is where tourists flock to the shore during high holidays. Newport News is also less than 30 miles or an hour drive from Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas. Suffolk, the largest city in Virginia by area is just around 35 miles away.
Much of the accommodations in Newport News are scattered along I-64. There’s a smattering of inns and suites just south of Newport News Airport. Their average rating is 3 stars, in a price range of $60 to $140 dollars. There’s another cluster of accommodations in the Kiln Creek Parkway area. These lodgings are clustered around the Victory Crossing Shopping Center and Regal Kiln Creek Stadium. There’s a variety of dining options and markets in the vicinity for guests’ convenience. The few options closer to the coast are located near the Newmarket Plaza Shopping Center area.
There are a great many ways to get in and out of Newport News as well as around town. There’s Amtrak with service to and from Newport News and connecting buses available to Norfolk and Virginia Beach. Greyhound provides intercity bus service, while Hampton Roads Transit provides public transportation within the city. Popular stops include Patrick Henry Mall, Christopher Newport University and Riverside Hospital. Newport News / Williamsburg International Airport offers air service to and from the city, but Norfolk International Airport and Richmond International Airport are also close by. There are also private car and taxi services in Newport News with James River Transportation and App-a-Cab.
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