We're coming to Virginia Beach for a wedding in April. We will have two full days to do sightseeing (Thursday and Friday).
We are interested in history, Colonial and Civil War and Modern, flowers, animals, really just about anything. We are two older adults, no children with us.
There is SO MUCH to see and do in this area that narrowing it down was a very daunting task! I've listed a first draft of what I think would be good below, please feel free to tell me "don't bother" or "do this instead".
We have already been to Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown on a past trip. Ok, here goes:
One day: Head from VB on Rte. 264 to 64 and up to Hampton. Visit the Mariners' Museum and Monitor Center, the Virginia Living Museum, and then head up Rte. 17 to Yorktown, visiting both the Yorktown Victory Center and a driving tour of the Yorktown Battlefield. Will this fill up a day from 10 am - 4 pm? We're trying to also avoid rush hour traffic - which way is the general flow?
Another day: Head from VB again on Rte. 264 to exit 10 (what will this sign say?) to go to the Douglas MacArthur Memorial. Then what route would we take to the Norfolk Botanical Garden (April is such an amazing time for flowers we hate to pass this up), then over to the Naval Station Norfolk for a tour. We thought about taking one of the boats that would pass by a lot of the same carriers, etc., but this tour is narrated by Navy personnel, and also includes passing by several historic homes which may not (or will they?) be visible from one of the boats. Any suggestions on routes connecting these sights will be appreciated.
I think this gives us a nice balance of old and new - what do you think? Do you think either day has too much/too little? Hope you all can give me some insights! Also, are there any amazing places for lunch near any of these places - I'm thinking at least one meal in a Colonial tavern or restaurant? Thanks.