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The vibrant port city of Norfolk sits on the USA's Atlantic Coast within the state of Virginia. The area is famous as the home of the world's largest naval base, whilst also boasting a plethora of other fantastic attractions, excursions and sightseeing opportunities. The many delightfully tourist-friendly districts of the city range from modern waterfront developments, brimming with contemporary bars, shops and restaurants, to historic areas, well-known for their remarkable structures and architecture, which offer visitors a fascinating insight into the region's rich culture and heritage. The city's coastline is also lined with spectacular and pristine beaches, where tourists can relax by the sea after exploring all that this bustling metropolis has to offer. It is easy to see why Norfolk is one of America's most popular Atlantic ports due to it welcoming ambience and extraordinary attractions, which combine to create a fabulous holiday destination.
Excellent cultural and scenic attractions are located across the city of Norfolk, Virginia. Visitors should make time to visit some of the many interesting museums situated throughout the city, including the Chrysler Museum of Art, Nauticus National Maritime Centre and the Hermitage Museum and Gardens. Along the coast, boat and ferry trips are available, whilst inland, visitors can enjoy activities such as hiking and golf.
Naval Station Norfolk
The Norfolk Naval Base is the largest naval station in the world and home to a total of 75 ships and 134 aircraft alongside 11 aircraft hangars and 14 piers. Tours of the naval station, conducted by professional naval personal, are available to visitors, offering the chance to view the many aircraft carriers and gigantic vessels docked there.
Virginia Zoological Park
Opened in 1900 and covering and areas of over 50 acres, Virginia Zoo is one of Norfolk's most popular and fascinating tourist attractions. The zoo contains a wide range of mammalian, reptilian and avian exhibits including lions, tigers, zebras, ostriches and African elephants, alongside rare and exotic animals such as orangutans, siamangs and Malayan tapirs.
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Originally known as the Norfolk Azalea Garden, the Norfolk Botanical Garden covers an area of around 150 acres and also incorporates a beautiful arboretum filled with stunning species plants and trees. The gardens contain a variety of delightful themed exhibits including a winter garden, tropical garden, sunken garden, Japanese garden and bicentennial rose garden. Taking a casual stroll and observing the beauty of this botanical wonderland is a fantastic way to spend a relaxing day.
Norfolk's best shopping districts are the MacArthur Centre and Ghent, at which visitors will find a wide selection of souvenirs shops, chain stores and supermarkets selling gifts, fashion garments and general provisions. Elsewhere, D'Art Centre is a great place to purchase authentic local crafts and artwork.
World-class and delicious food can be found in restaurants around the centre and along the bustling waterfront of Norfolk. Visitors will discover an incredible variety of international cuisine in eateries all over the city including Chinese, Indian, Mexican and classic American meals.
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