Eastern Virginia is an often-visited area of Virginia, bordered on the west by the Fall Line, and on the east by the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean. It is best known for its beaches and colonial history.
Eastern Virginia is mainly comprised of peninsulas - three divided by rivers on the mainland, and the Eastern Shore, which is separated from the rest of the state by the Chesapeake Bay.
- The Eastern Shore and the Virginia Beach area are on the Atlantic coast.
- Hampton Roads is the region of the southeastern end of Virginia that includes the Chesapeake Bay and Elizabeth River is called and includes the Norfolk-Virginia Beach metropolitan area. Also referred to as Tidewater.
- Northern Neck, northern peninsula of Eastern Virginia. The Northern Neck includes Westmoreland County, the birthplace of George Washington, as well as many quaint towns such as Reedville, a town known for its fishing industry and victorian mansions.
- Middle Peninsula, appropriately named middle peninsula of Eastern Virginia.
- Virginia Peninsula, the southern peninsula of the three. Mostly known for its historical sites in Williamsburg and Yorktown, as well as Newport News and Hampton at the end of the peninsula. I-64 runs down the Virginia Peninsula, allowing quick access to and from Richmond.
Note: "City" is used here in a broad sense. Virginia draws a very sharp distinction between cities and other communities. Since 1871, all communities incorporated as cities are legally separate from counties.
Eastern Virginia was the first part of the state to be settled, beginning with Jamestown in 1607. The region is home to Virginia's historic triangle, which includes Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, and Yorktown, site of the decisive battle of the American Revolution.
Eastern Virginia contains several of Virginia's largest cities and most-visited tourist attractions. Besides the historic parks listed above, Virginia Beach, Busch Gardens, and the museums in Hampton and Newport News draw large crowds.
Most residents of Eastern Virginia speak only English. On Tangier Island, located in the Chesapeake Bay, the local dialect is one of the few still influenced by Elizabethan English. Agriculture on the Eastern Shore also brings in a migrant population, for whom Spanish is generally the first language.
- Interstate 95 borders the region, running north and south.
- Interstate 64 runs through the area east and west.
- The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel connects the Eastern Shore to the rest of the state.
- Colonial Williamsburg, an entire historic town brought back to its 18th-century glory by the Rockefeller family.
- Jamestown Settlement, a living history museum recreating the first permanent English settlement in the New World.
- Yorktown Battlefield, site of the surrender of General Cornwallis, marking the end of the American Revolution.
- Tobacco Plantations, along the James River on John Tyler Highway (VA 5).
- Virginia Air and Space Center, Hampton
- Mariner's Museum, Newport News
- Virginia Marine Science Museum, Virginia Beach
- Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
- Virginia Beach
- Busch Gardens, Williamsburg. The beer company's original theme park.
- Chincoteague Oyster Festival Held in October, a ticket gets you all-you-can eat oysters and other seafood done in a variety of ways.
- Chesapeake Bay Crabs While not as iconic as their Maryland cousins, they're from the same body of water. Buy a bushel and make a meal of it with some fresh local corn and tomatoes.
- Peanuts and Pork, Surry and Smithfield. Just a ferry ride away from Williamsburg, you can find a town that celebrates its local favorites with dishes like Peanut Soup. Peanuts also feed the local pigs, qualifying them for 'Smithfield Ham' status.
- Pierce's PITT Bar-B-Que, 447 East Rochambeau Williamsburg, Virginia 23188, ☎ 757 565 2955, . 11-21.00. A little bit hard to find so use your GPS. One of the best BBQ joints in all of Virginia. Easy on the wallet.. edit
Over the years, the driving in the area has been deemed as horrible. [Citation needed]