By Jessica Dall
Norfolk
Virginia
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Located just 20 minutes outside popular Virginia Beach, Norfolk has long been a destination for those looking to escape to a city with both cultural and natural attractions. With miles of bay-front views, botanical gardens, dozens of museums and thriving nightlife along the Waterside, Norfolk has a little bit of everything for every age group.
 
Escapewizard.com invites you to book your next vacation to the second largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Norfolk can be reached via Norfolk International Airport (ORF), located 15 minutes from downtown and 20 minutes from Virginia Beach for those who want to lengthen their vacations. It is possible to quickly and easily book both flights and hotels through EscapeWizard.com, using this link for flights (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) and this link for hotels in the area (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl). Escapewizard.com can even help suggest the perfect hotel for your stay, just look at our top selections, then compare prices and you’re on your way. Our top selection in the city is the Crowne Plaza, and you can find information on this hotel below.
 
With so many things to do in downtown Norfolk, it can be overwhelming trying to pick what to do first. For art lovers, the first stop should undoubtedly be The Chrysler Museum of Art. Open Wednesday through Sunday with free admission, The Chrysler has over 30,000 items spanning over the past 5,000 years. One the second Saturday of the month, The Chrysler Museum of Art also hosts Family Day for those looking to do something with the children. Equally family friendly, The Virginia Zoo is open year round offering up close and personal look at animals around the world. For an extra two dollars it is possible to take the Zoo Train around, complete with a tour guide telling riders about the plants and animals in the zoo.
 
With Norfolk’s strategic location just inside the Chesapeake Bay, the city has long been a military stronghold. Important to both the American Revolution and Civil War it’s possible to see where some of the older buildings in the city have been damaged by long gone cannon fire—especially along the waterfront. Understandably, with its history, Norfolk still offers military buffs a wide range of outings. Under the stewardship of the City of Norfolk, the USS Wisconsin, one of the largest and last battleships ever built by the US Navy, is docked at One Waterside Drive allowing visitors to take either a self-guided or audio tour through the ship and its exhibits on World War II. As an added bonus, The Hampton Roads Navel Museum is located on two floors of the USS Wisconsin providing visitors with exhibits and artifacts reaching back 235 years into nautical history. Military buffs willing to go a little further out from downtown, the Norfolk Naval Base offers guided tours that let visitors see the inner workings of the oldest naval port in the United States.
 
For those looking for history without such a violent background, the Hermitage Museum and Gardens allows visitors into an 20th Century house-museum where there are tours of both the art collection inside the house, and the history of the expansive grounds through the garden. Likewise, the Moses Myers House, located conveniently downtown, allows visitors to see inside a well preserved house from 1792 Virginia. The Cape Henry Lighthouse can even claim being the first government-built lighthouse in the United States. And for those trying to compromise between a history lover and military buff, the Battle of Coops Memorial offers both the military significance of the battle, and the added historical benefit of most likely being the original landing point of the English in 1607 when Norfolk was first colonized.
 
Those looking for nightlife and entertainment in downtown Norfolk don’t have far to look either. Granby Street finds itself home to many of the top restaurants and bars that go so far as to refer to themselves as being in the “Entertainment District.” The Waterside also offers a wide selection of clubs and critically acclaimed seafood restaurants for those looking for a place to go. Norfolk Nightlife, and it’s sister publication Virginia Beach Nightlife, offers a large range of suggestions for those looking to go out, along with event calendars to help visitors and locals a like find out what’s happening in the city.
 
Whether looking for culture, nightlife, history, or almost anything else, EscapeWizard.com can promise that Norfolk can deliver. With a little something for everyone, it’s hard to leave Norfolk feeling disappointed. Just click the links above and book your flight, hotel, or even vacation packages to Norfolk through EscapeWizard.com today.
Hotels in Norfolk
By Summer Brons
Wyndham Garden
700 Monticello Avenue, Norfolk, VA
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Conveniently situated in the heart of downtown Norfolk, the Wyndham Garden (formally called the Crowne Plaza) is an ideal hotel for both the business and leisure traveler. Enjoy quick access to the Norfolk International Airport (ORF), as well as the finest shopping, entertainment, dining, and business centers around the city.

The Wyndham Garden is especially appreciated for its more than 12,000 square feet of event space. With a skilled logistics team on hand, the Wyndham Garden Norfolk will help you ensure that your special occasion or important business function goes off without a hitch.

As you've come to expect from the Wyndham Garden name, you'll find a host of on-site amenities available to make your life easier during travel. Catch up on your work responsibilities in the 24-hour business center, work up a sweat in the well-equipped health and fitness center, take a dip in the refreshing outdoor pool, even enjoy travel services like a rental car desk and on-site travel agent. Additionally, you'll find high speed wireless internet access available throughout the hotel.

Dining options within the Wyndham Garden include the Black Tuna Restaurant, featuring fresh seafood offerings and a sophisticated, casual atmosphere. The Black Tuna serves breakfast and dinner, and also hosts the Black Tuna Bar for your recreational beverage needs. Room service is also available from 6:00 AM until 11:00PM.

Once you've enjoyed a long day exploring Norfolk, return to the comforts of your Wyndham Garden guest room for a relaxing evening. Each room is equipped with plush bedding, television with premium cable, work desk, iron and board, hairdryer and bath amenities. Larger suites are also available and may be a particularly desirable option for those visiting Norfolk for an extended period of time.

Look no further than the Wyndham Garden hotel when your travel plans find you in Virginia's exciting city of Norfolk. You can book your stay using EscapeWizard.com by clicking (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Norfolk
By Summer Brons
Holiday Inn
1570 North Military Highway, Norfolk, VA
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Located just 1.4 miles from the Norfolk International Airport (ORF), the Holiday Inn is a convenient choice for both the casual and business traveler. A complimentary 24-hour airport shuttle makes it even easier to get to and from the terminal.

Staying at the Holiday Inn also provides guests with the convenience of quick access to Norfolk's many business, dining, entertainment and shopping options. Take advantage of attractions like the Norfolk Botanical Gardens, the Norfolk Naval Station and Shipyard, as well as office and industrial parks like the Norfolk Commerce Park and Lake Wright Executive Park.

On-site, you'll find an array of traveler-friendly conveniences at the Holiday Inn. Utilize the hotel's well-equipped business center for your work needs, visit the health and fitness center to keep in shape while you're on the road, then take a dip in the indoor pool for a refreshing change of pace. You'll also find high speed wireless internet access and a gift shop located within the hotel.

Dining options at the Holiday Inn include the Fountainside Cafe. Enjoy breakfast or dinner at the cafe, then cap off your evening with a cocktail at the Fountainside Cafe Bar. Room service is also available for those who prefer a quiet evening in their private guest room.

Rooms at the Holiday Inn are equipped with everything you'll need to enjoy a relaxing night of sleep. You'll find plush bedding, a television with premium cable, coffee maker, microwave, mini refrigerator, work desk, iron and board, hairdryer and bath amenities. Suites are also available for those looking to upgrade their stay at the Holiday Inn.

When your travel plans have you visiting Norfolk, look no further than the Holiday Inn for the convenience of airport proximity and quick access to the rest of the city. Book your accommodations through EscapeWizard.com by clicking (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Norfolk
By Katelyn Mohney
Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel
777 Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA
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The Sheraton® Norfolk Waterside hotel is located 5 miles from the Norfolk International Airport. Shuttle service is available to transport visitors from the airport to the hotel upon arrival and average travel time by airport shuttle is approximately 15 minutes. The hotel is just over half a mile from the waterside marina and located in extremely close proximity to the Amtrak Train Station. Guests are greeted at the hotel by friendly staff. Luggage, concierge, valet and laundry services are all available for your convenience. Check-in is at 3 p.m. in the afternoon and check-out ends at noon.

Visitors can choose from a traditional style or a Sheraton Club style room. Suites are also available. Suites have a king-sized mattress in the bedroom, a sitting area featuring comfortable furniture, including a sofa with the possibility of being converted into a bed at nighttime to create space for an extra visitor. Traditional and Sheraton Club guest rooms feature 26" televisions with standard channels. Televisions provide guests with the option to rent video games and movies directly from the TV. This option provides easily accessible entertainment. High speed internet access is available in guest rooms at a daily fee. Rooms feature a spacious work area, with a large desk and a comfortable chair. All rooms have an iron, an ironing board, a hairdryer, an alarm clock with radio functions, a telephone with call waiting and data port and a coffee and tea maker. While enjoying a warm beverage in the morning, guests can catch up on the latest news with the local newspaper, compliments of the hotel.

Sheraton® Norfolk Waterside Hotel invites guests to relax, get comfortable, and enjoy a trip to Norfolk, Virginia. EscapeWizard.com can assist you in making reservations. Simply follow this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to book a room today.