This past July, we took a family road trip to the Hampton Roads area of Virgina. My sister and her family moved to the area last summer, specifically Yorktown, and we were ready for a visit and excited to explore. I will have to say, if you are looking for a fun family vacation, on land or on sea, this is a great spot to experience it all. And some American history, too.This post is the first in a three part series about our vacation. First up, the road trip and the beach.
We rented a van and headed east out of Nashville on July 4th. The drive through east Tennessee and into Virgina was just beautiful. I have never traveled that route, and the views through the Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Mountains were spectacular.
It was enough to keep our 11-year-old from asking the dreaded question every five minutes (“Are we there yet?”). That and a game of “how many license plates can you spot from other states” killed the time rather well. We stopped for a picnic lunch along the way and were impressed with the cleanliness and amenities at a Virginia rest area. Good roads. No traffic jams. I have to say, driving across Virginia was rather pleasant. (Much nicer than the drive from our home to Walt Disney World.)
Beach time on the Chesapeake Bay
Our first full day was spent on the beach. Salt Ponds Beach in Hampton is a well kept secret. Apparently it used to be a private beach, but is now open to the public, like nearby Buckroe Beach. It is right off the Chesapeake Bay. We had quite a bit of space to kick back, relax, and get our toes in the sand.
The sand was clean but full of sea shells. Which made for a fun day of exploring for Hallie and my nieces. Perfect for building sand castles.
All of the sand, surf, and sun made us hungry. We cleaned up and headed to Harpoon Larry’s Fish House & Oyster Bar in Newport News for some good, fresh seafood. I highly recommend the She Crab Soup and the Mahi Tacos!