Norfolk is considered by many to be flagship community of the Hampton Roads - Tidewater area. It is one of the oldest cities in Virginia and one of four cities that occupy the port of Hampton Roads.
Norfolk is recognized for its history, culture, and beauty. Norfolk's museums, shopping, and fine dining attracts visitors year round. The city hosts a number of annual festivals, including the Norfolk Jazz Festival, Harborfest, and others.
Norfolk is bordered by the Elizabeth River to the west and the Chesapeake Bay to the North. Across the Elizabeth River, lies the City of Portsmouth. The Elizabeth River Ferry and private water taxis transport passengers between Norfolk's Waterside and Olde Towne Portsmouth.
Norfolk is one of the most important East Coast cities for the financial sector. Norfolk is also home to important military assets. Located along the Elizabeth River, the Norfolk Naval Shipyard is the oldest and largest naval shipyard in the United States.