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Five Reasons to Visit Norfolk, Virginia

While Norfolk is known for its naval base—the world’s largest—this coastal city harbors a boatload of other attractions. Whether it’s salty Chesapeake Bay breezes on the lively waterfront, art institutions and festivals, or the best bites and sips along the Mid-Atlantic seaboard, this historic hamlet (est. 1682) continues to get better with age. Read on for the best reasons to visit Virginia’s second-largest city this fall. Warning: You might want to anchor down after just one visit.
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Stockley Gardens, Norfolk, VA 23507, USA
There’s always an occasion to celebrate in Norfolk, especially during the fall months. In 2017, for art lovers, NEON Festival (Oct 19–20) is the perfect time to canvas the Norfolk Arts District, also known as the NEON (New Energy of Norfolk)...
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1 Memorial Pl, Norfolk, VA 23510, USA
In the heart of the NEON Arts District is Norfolk’s cultural crown jewel: the Chrysler Museum of Art. It counts more than 30,000 works that span more than 5,000 years. And after a $24-million dollar renovation in 2014, the Chrysler is grander than...
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2511 Colonial Ave, Norfolk, VA 23517, USA
Seafood, naturally, figures prominently in the Norfolk restaurant scene, as does southern-influenced cooking. Highland Park oyster bar Shiptown shucks fresh-from-the-bay mollusks, serves whatever’s fresh, and makes a habit-forming smoked fish...
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1309 Raleigh Ave, Norfolk, VA 23507, USA
In 2012, Virginia law allowed breweries to introduce on-site tasting rooms, and they’ve hopped to it. Norfolk now has more than a dozen local breweries where you can sip craft beers at the source. O’Connors, one of the largest, offers live music...
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400 W Ocean View Ave, Norfolk, VA 23503, USA
Located at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay, Norfolk isn’t the world’s largest naval port for nothing. You can soak up water views while biking or strolling along the 10.5-mile Elizabeth River Trail. It skirts the Elizabeth River, cuts through the...