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Norfolk Introduction


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Norfolk, Virginia, is best known as the home of the world's largest naval-base complex (Naval Station Norfolk), which has been around since the beginning of the 20th century. It was also an important port city in the colonial period: St. Paul's Church, built in 1739, still stands, as does Fort Norfolk, the only remaining fort along the East Coast authorized by George Washington.   Click here to see the full Norfolk travel guide on Travel42 »

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Norfolk Geography


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Norfolk is one of a handful of cities that rests on the bay area known as Hampton Roads, or the Tidewater, which also encompasses Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Hampton, Williamsburg, Chesapeake and Newport News. Situated on the Elizabeth River close to the Chesapeake Bay, Norfolk is a haven for recreational boaters, cruise ships, cargo ships and, of course, the U.S. Navy.   Click here to see the full Norfolk travel guide on Travel42 »

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Norfolk History


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In 1607, the first English colony in the New World was established at Jamestown. In 1622, King James I granted Thomas Willoughby 500 acres/200 hectares, which is now Ocean View. Two years later, William Willoughby received 200 acres/80 hectares of what is now downtown Norfolk. The town soon became a trade center for tobacco and other goods used to trade with the West Indies.   Click here to see the full Norfolk travel guide on Travel42 »

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Norfolk Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Norfolk's big draw is its maritime history and waterfront access, and the city has capitalized on both. Norfolk is a model for successful urban renewal that pays tribute to the past while embracing the future.   Click here to see the full Norfolk travel guide on Travel42 »

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Norfolk Nightlife


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Although Norfolk's downtown historic district no longer caters to drunk and disorderly sailors, the bartenders still know to have the drinks ready on your way in. As night falls, the dinner crowds and theatergoers are met with equally enthusiastic night owls searching for dancing, creative drink concoctions and live music. Downtown's boisterous bar owners, treated as local celebrities, are well-versed in how to keep their patrons happy.   Click here to see the full Norfolk travel guide on Travel42 »

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Norfolk Restaurants & Dining


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As Norfolk experiences its downtown renaissance, it has become a premier dining town. World-class restaurants have sprung up in renovated neighborhoods, and the trend seems to be thriving. Norfolk's best dining can be found in the historic downtown areas along the water's edge and in Ghent. Popular spots, such as the Waterside Festival Marketplace and the MacArthur Center, cater to the variety of personalities and tastes in the area. You'll find anything from the International Food Court and fast food to steak houses and American favorites.   Click here to see the full Norfolk travel guide on Travel42 »

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