Explore nature and the beauty of Virginia without sacrificing the convenience of a city. Newport News is a great place for hiking, cycling, camping, and fishing, while still providing the comforts and ease of an urban setting. Whether you prefer wandering through art galleries or the great outdoors, there is plenty of fun to be had in this coastal city.
Start the day exploring local trails, like a five-mile hike on the Noland Trail at Mariners’ Museum Park or use the Newport News Public Art Foundation’s audio tour app, which offers a tour of 37 outdoor sculptures with commentary by 20 of the artists themselves. If you still have time, visit the Virginia Living Museum, which features a 0.75-mile elevated boardwalk, 250 species of animals, botanical gardens, and science center.
Escape the bustle of downtown and visit Dean & Don’s Farm Market for some fresh produce. They also sell local eggs and honey, as well as homemade bread, North Carolina BBQ, jams, and jellies. The Historic Hilton Village neighborhood is full of quaint mom-and-pop shops, local crafts, jewelry, and art, as well as chef-owned restaurants and bakeries. Take some time to relax at the Ironclad Distillery and sample their original-recipe bourbons and whiskeys.
End your day with dinner at the Crab Shack on the James for casual dining with magnificent sunset views of the James River. For a more upscale meal, try Fin Seafood, serving seasonal catches and wine pairings. Then find a place to watch a beautiful sunset at Huntington Park Beach or Hilton Fishing Pier.
Cover photo: Newport News Park, All photos courtesy Newport News Tourism