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The City of Hampton is defined by its harborfront beauty and its deep water harbor. The channel depth is 12 feet at low tide. Pleasure boaters find haven in marinas dotting the sheltered harbor - also a favorite layover for boaters traveling the Intracoastal Waterway.
No one knows for sure where Newport News got its name, but "Newportes Newes" first appears in the Virginia Company records in 1619, making it one of the oldest place names in the New World. In the winter, the average annual snowfall is less than two inches, so do not expect too many sleigh rides. Spring brings some showers but expect a little less than four inches of rainfall as the average per month. In the summertime temperatures' average mid 80's; perfect for sunning, swimming, boating, and fishing.
Poquoson is located at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, on the Poquoson River - northeast of Hampton. This small city, with a population of about 12,000 residents, was chartered in 1631. "Poquoson" is an Indian word meaning "marshy lowlands." Poquoson offers a selection of unique shops including antiques, art galleries, gift shops, and a tea room. These businesses host two annual events for shoppers; one in March and a holiday open house on the 1st weekend of November. Poquoson is also located close to other area destinations such as Williamsburg, Yorktown, and the Newport News Mariners Museum, which features ship models, figureheads, scrimshaw, steam engines, and more. The annual Poquoson Seafood Festival attracts visitors on the third weekend of each October.
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SKYLINE DRIVE... The Skyline Drive runs 105 miles north and south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park and is the only public road through the park. You can enter Shenandoah at four places: Front Royal near Rt. 66 and 340, Thornton Gap at Rt. 211, Swift Run Gap at Rt. 33, and Rockfish Gap at Rt. 64 and Rt. 250 (also the northern entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway). It takes about three hours to travel the entire length of the park on a clear day.
As you travel along Skyline Drive you will notice mileposts on the west side (right side if you are traveling south) of the road. These posts help you find your way through the park and help you locate areas of interest. The mileposts begin with 0.0 at Front Royal and continue to 105 at the southern end of the park.
The speed limit is 35 mph, so you can roll down your windows, feel the breeze and experience every curve and turn of this beautiful drive. There are 75 overlooks that offer stunning views of the Shenandoah Valley to the west or the rolling Piedmont to the east. The park purposely leaves the roadsides unmowed so wildflowers put on a show all year long.