Norfolk is one of the oldest cities in Virginia and one of four cities that occupy the port of Hampton Roads.
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.
Norfolk is recognized for its history, culture, and beauty. Norfolk’s museums, shopping, and fine dining attract visitors year round. The city hosts a number of annual festivals, including the Norfolk Jazz Festival, Harborfest, and others.
Norfolk is home to over 120 neighborhoods. The city includes five locally designated Historic Districts; Ghent, Downtown, West Freemason, East Freemason, and Hodges House (a single structure). Several Norfolk historic districts and individual sites are recognized on the National Register of Historic Places.
The NEON (New Energy Of Norfolk) District, Norfolk’s first official arts district, includes the Chrysler Museum of Art, Harrison Opera House, public murals, The Plot, and other resources.
Norfolk’s waterfront is one of Hampton Roads’ most popular tourist destinations. Popular attractions include Nauticus, the historic battleship USS Wisconsin, Hampton Roads Naval Museum, and Town Point Park.
Norfolk has been recognized for its quality of life. In 2017, Travel & Leisure magazine named Norfolk America’s Favorite Place. In 2018, Norfolk’s Ghent district was recognized as one of five Great Neighborhoods on the annual American Planning Association (APA) Great Places in America list.