2021 Norfolk vacations
Popular places to visit in Norfolk
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.
Top Hotels near Norfolk
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.
- Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront: Located just steps from the beach at Neptune’s Park, this Hilton will make you feel like a sea god or goddess with classic and colorful décor, swimming pools, and state-of-the-art in-suite entertainment centers. Venture into Norfolk for an evening at Attucks Theatre, designed by African-American architect Harvey Johnson and built in 1919. The glimmering lights will shine like the moon reflecting off the Atlantic.
- Country Inn & Suites Virginia Beach: Bringing the kids with you? This Country Inn & Suites is right on the waterfront—perfect for fun in the sea and sun. Plus, you’ll be within easy walking distance to attractions, like Nightmare Mansion, Captain Cline’s Pirate Ghost Ride, and Jungle Golf. Back at the hotel, enjoy some grownup fun with pampering from the full-service spa.
- Surfbreak Oceanfront Hotel: When only a private, beachfront balcony will do, book your stay at Surfbreak Oceanfront Hotel. As you look out over the ocean, plan a day at the nearby Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center and the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum. But save time dining at the hotel’s beachfront restaurant while the sunset reflects on the surface of the water.
- Ramada Virginia Beach Oceanfront: You could spend your vacation relaxing to a state-of-the-art entertainment center at this Ramada, but then you’d miss out on visiting JT's Grommet Island Park and pedaling along the Oceanfront Bike Path. Of course, you will want to return to your hotel to soak in the pool or spa tub after chasing adventures.
From Sea to Shining City
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.
Events and Festivals
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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