Virginia September 27, 2017
This 150-Mile Drive Is The Best Way To See Virginia’s Stunning Coast
To experience Virginia’s gorgeous coast is to see one of the most prized areas of our state. Whether you’ve ventured to the Eastern Shore or are spending time near Virginia Beach, you’re in for stunning landscapes and plenty of saltwater. In that spirit, we’ve devised a 150-mile drive that will take you by some of the coast’s most stunning attractions and delicious restaurants. Ready to explore?
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1. Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Our journey begins at southeastern most point of the state. Gorgeous in any season, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge is a stretch of preserved land which allows visitors to learn about the natural landscape. It's here you'll find nearly 9,000 acres of sand dunes, marshlands, ocean front and forests. There's even a gorgeous
that meanders right along the coast. It's the perfect way to start the road trip.
2. Cape Henry Lighthouse
Photographed above is the new Cape Henry Lighthouse, located just a stone's throw away from the original. Both are located on an active military site and the admission is $15. If you are a fan of lighthouses, the price is absolutely worthwhile. Not only can you learn about the surrounding history, but you can even climb to the top of the original to gain a breathtaking perspective of the Atlantic.
3. Chic's Beach
Chic's Beach -- sometimes spelled Chick's Beach -- is a section of Virginia Beach frequented by locals. Visitors love the white sand, gentle waves, and gorgeous coastal views that can be enjoyed. For a real treat, arrive to the beach at sunrise to see the splendid colors of the photograph above.
4. Old Point Comfort Lighthouse
Located inside Fort Monroe awaits yet another scenic lighthouse. Though this lighthouse may be small in size, it has a fascinating history outlined in the historical marker on site. You'll also enjoy coastal strolls and plenty of scenery at this landmark near Hampton.
5. Aromas Coffeehouse Bakeshop & Cafe
All that driving and sightseeing is bound to work up an appetite, so be sure to stop by Aroma's Coffeehouse Bakeshop & Cafe. Here you can enjoy a delicious breakfast sandwich, hearty cup of soup, slice of cake, and, of course, plenty of coffee. You can also see the Virginia's Loveworks sign for a great photo op to commemorate your coastal road trip. The restaurant is located at 706 Town Center Dr., Newport News, VA 23606.
6. The town of Mathews
Located in an old general store, the Mathews County Welcome Center is the perfect place to learn about this gem of a small town. While you're here, you can admire local art galleries, learn about the area's history, and even rent a kayak if you're feeling adventurous. To learn more about the unique town of Mathews,
For our final road trip destination, we bring you to one of the finest seafood experiences in Virginia with an unforgettable view. Merroir is the place to enjoy fine Virginia oysters as well as other seafood delights. As you enjoy your meal outdoors, you'll also enjoy incredible views of the Rappahannock River. Can you imagine a more perfect setting to reflect on your coastal drive? To learn more about this unique restaurant,
What are your thoughts on this coastal road trip through Virginia? Be sure to share them with us!