Hampton Roads Metro Area Guide

Hampton Roads is a region in southeastern Virginia that includes the cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Newport News, Hampton, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Poquoson, and Williamsburg. This area has a rich four-hundred year old history and continues to thrive as a major business, military, and shipping center. Renting an apartment in Hampton Roads means access to beaches, cities, parks, history, culture, cuisine and numerous other activities that might interest you.

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A popular place in Hampton Roads to visit is the Historic Triangle, which includes Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown. The Historic Triangle is connected by scenic Colonial Parkway; along the parkway is the second oldest institution of higher education, The College of William and Mary. Also, located nearby in Williamsburg are Busch Gardens and Water Country USA.

In Newport News you will find that shipbuilding and the military have a huge influence on the area. There are also several museums including: the Mariners’ Museum, the Virginia War Museum and the Virginia Living Museum. Christopher Newport University and the Ferguson Center for the Arts can also be found in Newport News. Nearby in Hampton you will see the Hampton Coliseum, which hosts concerts and sporting events. Hampton University which is also located in the city is a private, historically black university.

Norfolk is considered to be the center of the Hampton Roads region. The downtown area is thriving with business and entertainment; Dominion Enterprises and Fortune 500 Companies Smithfield Foods, Norfolk Southern Railway, Dollar Tree and Amerigroup all have their corporate home offices in downtown. Located nearby is Ghent District, a historic area known for its unique shops and dining with a small town feel. Two minor league sports teams are located in Norfolk; The Norfolk Tides, AAA Affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles play at Harbor Park and The Norfolk Admirals, who are affiliated with the Tampa Bay Lightning play at Scope. Scope is also used for concerts and other events as is The Ted Constant Convocation Center which is located on the Old Dominion University campus.  In addition to ODU Norfolk is also home to Norfolk State University.

The largest city in the Hampton Roads region is Virginia Beach. The city is well known for its oceanfront and boardwalk area where the annual East Coast Surfing championship is held. The city also has Town Center which is home to the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts and several retail and dining locations. Mt. Trashmore is the first park in the world to be made from a waste landfill; it is the highest point in Virginia Beach and attracts over a million visitors each year. Virginia Wesleyan University, Regent University, Tidewater Community College and several smaller centers of higher education are also primarily located in Virginia Beach.

Portsmouth is home to a charming old town area which can easily be accessed by a paddlewheel ferry from downtown Norfolk. Bier garden which serves authentic Bavarian cuisine and a wide variety of beer and The Commodore Theatre which showcases current movies and fine dining are two popular destinations within the old town area. 

As you can see, Hampton Roads has plenty to offer their apartment residents. Whether you are eager to live in a booming metropolis or relax in a quaint suburb, Hampton Roads has something for everyone. If you haven’t narrowed down your apartment search to a specific city or neighborhood within the greater Hampton Roads area our Area Guides and Neighborhood Reviews will certainly point you in the right direction. Choose from the cities below to learn about their living style, demographics and neighborhoods. Once you find the right area to suit your needs, finding an apartment will be easy.

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