Newport News is a city in Virginia in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. It's on the James River, and much of the area has been developed into a city starting in the late 19th century.

Understand Edit

Downtown Newport News

Location of the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility and a number of industrial complexes, most notably Newport News Shipbuilding.

Get in Edit

By plane Edit

By train Edit

  • Amtrak There are generally at least two trains a day in each direction between Newport News and Boston, stopping at all major points along Amtrak's Northeast Corridor. The trip to Washington, DC is four hours and 20 minutes.

By car Edit

  • Interstate 64 eastbound will take you straight into Newport News. It intersects Interstate 95 in Richmond and Interstate 81 near Staunton.

Get around Edit

  • HRT - Hampton Roads Transit provides local bus routes, as well as express buses across the tunnels to the southside of the Hampton Roads area.
  • Main Roads - Jefferson Avenue and Warwick Boulevard are the two main north/south routes through the city. All directions lead you down one of these streets.

See Edit

Map of Newport News

Mariners' Museum

Do Edit

  • 1 Newport News Park. One of the largest municipal parks in the country, this 8,000 acre park is home to a variety of native wildlife, including deer, foxes, otter, raccoon and beaver. Miles of walking and biking trails wander through woods, swamps and meadows. Rowboats, paddleboats and canoes are available for rent, and there are over 180 campsites available for reservation.    
  • 2 Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center (Downing-Gross), 2410 Wickham Avenue, +1 757-247-8950, . M-F 9AM-8PM, Sa 10AM-4PM, Su closed. Multi-purpose space owned and operated by the City of Newport News Parks Recreation and Tourism Department. Throughout the year, the center features various theatrical productions and shows on the Ella Fitzgerald Theater stage, as well as gallery exhibits, classes, and workshops for all ages. Free.
  • 3 Ferguson Center for the Arts. Part of Christopher Newport University    
  • 4 Peninsula Community Theatre.  

Buy Edit

  • 1 Patrick Henry Mall, 12300 Jefferson Ave, +1 757 249-4305. M–Sa 10AM–9PM, Su noon–6PM. Dozens of stores await you in the only fully-enclosed mall on the peninsula.    
  • 2 City Center at Oyster Point. City Center at Oyster Point is one of two large shopping centers in Newport news, the other being Port Warwick. City Center is home to the Marriott hotel, and many shops and restaurants.    
  • 3 Hilton Village. Hilton Village is recognized as the United States' first Federal war-housing project, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There are dozens of shops and cafes in Hilton, so do go and spend the afternoon in this quaint neighborhood.    

Eat Edit

  • 1 Crab Shack on the James Seafood Restaurant, 7601 River Road (take Mercury Blvd south, and turn right at the last stop light before the James River Bridge; it's on the left side of the park near the beach), +1 757 245-2722. Su-Th 11AM-11:30PM; F Sa 11AM-12:30AM. During the Spring and Summer, eat out on the covered patio and enjoy the views of the James River.
  • 2 Vinny's Pizza & Pasta, 748 J Clyde Morris Blvd, +1 757 594-3354. M-Sa 10AM-10PM. You have to peruse the pizza case before you sit down and order, otherwise you'll never believe half of what's on the menu. Baked ziti pizza? Cheesesteak pizza? This place is good, authentic Italian food housed in an old Hawaiian-style Pizza Hut building!

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Go next Edit

  • Colonial Williamsburg - 20 miles northwest of Newport News on I-64 in the historic district of the town of Williamsburg, this "living history museum" in recreates Virginia's 18th-century capital as it appeared preceding and during the American Revolution.
Routes through Newport News
Washington, D.C.Williamsburg  N   S  END
RichmondWilliamsburg  W   E  HamptonNorfolk
ENDHampton  N   S  SuffolkChesapeake
FredericksburgGloucester  N   S  PortsmouthWilmington
RichmondWilliamsburg  W   E  HamptonNorfolk
ENDHampton  N   S  SmithfieldTarboro

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