Right where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll find Virginia Beach. This laid-back coastal city adds a cheeky measure of history, creativity and adventure to your traditional beach-side vacation. Over 500 square miles of surf-spots, family farms, hip hotels and sprawling state parks are here to be explored, with summer boardwalk festivals drawing the crowds.
Take a day off from the pristine beaches to kayak through nature reserves, explore the ViBe creative district or visit the site of the pilgrims' first landing. If your explorations leave you ravenous, take your pick from the best local restaurants and sit back with a locally-brewed craft beer as the sun sets.
A note on our list: While we always curate the best things to do, we haven’t ranked them here—we just couldn’t choose favorites!