Hampton Roads is both a body of water, and the Norfolk-Virginia Beach metropolitan area in southeastern Virginia with just above 1.7 million inhabitants. It comprises the counties of Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, Mathews, and York, plus the cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg. The US federal government also includes Currituck County, North Carolina in its definition of the metropolitan area.
Virginia law sharply distinguishes between cities and towns. Municipalities incorporated as "cities" are completely separate from counties; "towns" are located within counties. All of the locations listed below are in fact cities except for the town of Gloucester Courthouse.
- 1 Chesapeake
- 2 Gloucester Courthouse
- 3 Hampton
- 4 Newport News
- 5 Norfolk
- 6 Portsmouth
- 7 Suffolk
- 8 Virginia Beach, the largest city of Virginia and Hampton Roads, known for its beaches
- 9 Williamsburg
- 1 Virginia Peninsula. is the region between the York and James rivers.
- 2 Colonial Williamsburg. The "living history museum" in the historic district of the town of Williamsburg that recreates Virginia's 18th century capital as it appeared preceding and during the American Revolution
- 3 Busch Gardens Williamsburg. the amusement park, among the most beautiful in the country
- 4 Yorktown. Famous as the site of the siege and subsequent surrender of General Charles Cornwallis, which ended the American Revolutionary War on October 19, 1781.
- 5 Jamestown Settlement. A living history museum.
Hampton Roads has an important role in the early history of the United States, from the first English settlements in the New World in the 17th century, to the battlegrounds of the American War of Independence, and the American Civil War. See From Plymouth to Hampton Roads and From St. Augustine to Hampton Roads for a historical approach to the region.
Amtrak has stations in Williamsburg, Norfolk, and Newport News.