The region, nick-named long ago as Hampton Roads for its location on the sea charts of the day is the eigth largest Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) in the Southeast U.S., and the second largest between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta with over 1.6 million residents. Six of the 10 largest population centers in the U.S. are located within 750 miles of Hampton Roads.
Portsmouth’s small-town atmosphere is in pleasant contrast to its metropolitan Hampton Roads location. Tree lined streets lead toward the picturesque downtown waterfront – the center of the city’s many activities, and its heart. But don’t let its quaintness mislead you. Portsmouth is an economic maritime powerhouse.
The Coast Guard selected Portsmouth due to the city’s nearly 200 years of support for the Coast Guard. The honorary distinction is indicative of the productive, ongoing relationship between the Portsmouth community and local Coast Guard units, including the 5th District, Atlantic Area, Base Portsmouth and Sector Hampton Roads.
Step off the High Street Ferry Landing and make your way to the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel and Waterfront Conference Center, featuring 249 luxurious rooms and suites and more than 25,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space. Follow the sound of music to the nTelos Wireless Pavilion at Harbor Center, a 6,500-seat amphitheater bringing top national and regional performing acts to the historic waterfront. It’s just one of several thriving entertainment venues to choose from throughout the city.
Explore the world through art… explore the universe in a planetarium… explore centuries of maritime history — there’s so much to discover in Portsmouth’s five museums, including the Children’s Museum of Virginia and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. Then satisfy your appetite with fine dining, and antique and specialty shops nestled amidst 255 years of historic homes.
Enjoy a round of golf at the 18-hole championship golf course, Bide-A-Wee, named the “Most Improved Course” in the nation by Golf Digest in 2002, or try your luck at The Links at City Park, a 9-hole executive course on the western branch of the Elizabeth River.Because of Portsmouth’s central location in Hampton Roads, tourists and residents enjoy a variety of regional amenities including: The Chrysler Museum, The Virginia Opera, The Virginia Stage Company, and The Virginia Symphony. And, of course, we are favored with the mild four seasons of the mid-Atlantic region.