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Hampton Roads Virginia


Hampton Roads is both a waterway and region in Virginia. Located along the western shore of the lower Chesapeake Bay, Hampton Roads is home to one of the nation’s most important ports.

The port of Hampton Roads is an important asset for the U.S. Navy and other military branches. The port is also important for several business sectors, including transportation, commercial fishing, and others.

One of the nation’s largest natural harbors, the port of Hampton Roads is formed by the convergence of the James, Nansemond, and Elizabeth rivers and the Chesapeake Bay.

The region known as Hampton Roads includes the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, and Chesapeake.

The Hampton Roads region is also known as Tidewater Virginia and “The 757”. The region has a strong connection to both the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean.

Hampton Roads is connected with the Eastern Shore of Virginia by the Chesapeake Bay Bridge – Tunnel.

Related Information

James River

Chesapeake Bay Ports

Chesapeake Bay Bridge – Tunnel