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The city of Norfolk is located in the state of Virginia. The city is located in the heart of the Southern Virginia region also called “Hampton Roads”. This region also consists of cities like Suffolk, Newport News, Virginia Beach etc. However, Norfolk has earned the reputation of being the cultural and historical jewel of the group. No matter what your likes and dislikes are, you will surely find something of your interest to do in this city.

The city of Norfolk is a treat for history lovers. The city was established about four centuries back. It has a number of historical sites and most of them are very well preserved. Visit the Civil War Trails which have been dedicated to safeguard some of the sites which held importance during the war. The trails are spread throughout the state. But a couple of these trails are most important and are located in the heart of Norfolk. The first of these trails is the Black Civil War Memorial. This is the sole memorial to African-Americans who perished fighting in the war. The second trail is Fort Norfolk. This is the oldest army Fort in the country. Both these trails are well marked and can be accessed very easily.

If you are traveling with your family and interested in history, you will be able to see a number of museums in Norfolk. Visit the National Maritime Museum where you can see many activities and educational audio visual films about the sea and related subjects. Also located nearby is the Hampton Roads Naval Museum. Nearby lies the USS Wisconsin, which is the last and the largest battleship built by the navy. You can easily spend an entire day here.

Norfolk also has many traditional museums. Visit museums like The Hermitage Foundation Museum, the Hunter House Victorian Museum and Moses Myers House to see paintings and artefacts belonging to a century ago. Also see wonderful architecture buildings from Romanesque to Victorian ideals. The Chrysler Museum of Art has about three thousand pieces of art dating back to 5000 years. The museum also has a theatre which runs play shows and lectures year-round.

Visit the downtown Norfolk. The Douglas MacArthur Memorial is a huge attraction in the city. You will love to see the newly renovated 1850 City Hall area. This is the place where the famous General and his wife were laid to rest. The premise of the complex has a restaurant, art gallery, theater, archives, and artefacts from different war eras. This is a must see place in the city.

There are many other things to do in Norfolk apart from history. The area known as “The Waterfront” has a host of things to do. You can visit the Elizabeth River and Hampton Roads Harbour. You can take your partner for a romantic cruise and dinner or rent a paddle boats for families. If you are interested in cultural events and concerts, visit the Town Point Park. The Harbour Park has a baseball stadium, which is the home ground of the Norfolk Tides. Many good restaurants serving a variety of menus and ethnicities are offered. The most popular cuisine being seafood. The most popular attraction on The Waterfront is the Spirit of Norfolk. This is the biggest cruise ship in Southern Virginia. You can enjoy entertainment programmes and dinning on the cruise. There are many stores, nightclubs and bars here if you want to enjoy the nightlife.

Thus, it can be easily figured that there is something for everyone in the fast changing and evolving Norfolk. No matter if you are traveling alone or with your family, on a business tour or a leisure trip, there is something for everyone here. come here and enjoy your holidays.