Of the three major cities, “Va Beach” is by far the most prosperous and fun, but has suffered from the strains of growth and some might find the tourist impact excessive.
Farther north on the James Peninsula lies the excellent historic and upscale residential and commercial area of Williamsburg, perhaps the top choice among all parts of the area.
It is the largest metropolitan area in the state in terms of population, and offers an interesting mix of urban, suburban, waterfront and inland environments.
The cities of Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Portsmouth are to the south of the waterway, with the large and rapidly growing Virginia Beach located a few miles to the east along the Atlantic Shore.
Additionally the area has a substantial Navy and Marine presence and a sizeable portion of the economy is connected to these activities.