From historic Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg to the coastal cities of Newport News and Virginia Beach, the Hampton Roads region in southeastern Virginia is replete with America's finest, from its fascinating history to its renowned educational institutions to its recreational opportunities.
Also known as the Norfolk-Virginia Beach Metropolitan Area, Hampton Roads is comprised of ten cities and six Virginia counties. About 1.6 million people live in Hampton Roads, which also lends its name to the body of water surrounding the area. Considered the "world's greatest natural harbor," Hampton Roads boasts a year-round ice-free harbor, making it an important highway of commerce, especially for the cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Newport News. It has the largest concentration of military bases and facilities of any metropolitan area in the world, hosting the United States Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, NASA, Marines and Army.
Hampton Roads' largest cities are Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Newport News, Hampton, Portsmouth and Suffolk. The birthplace of Colonial America is, Hampton Roads is where the James, Nansemond and Elizabeth rivers flow into the Chesapeake Bay and out to the Atlantic Ocean. In 1957, the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel was the first bridge-tunnel complex in the world, to be followed by the area's much longer Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in 1963.
These cities and surrounding areas enjoy breathtaking views and the amenities of living near waterways and beaches. The area's commerce, shipyards, coal piers, and hundreds of miles of waterfront property and beaches contribute to the diversity and stability of the region's economy.
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