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Chesapeake is an independent city located in the South Hampton Roads area of southeast Virginia. One of the Seven Cities of Hampton Roads, Chesapeake was formed in 1963 by a consolidation of the city of South Norfolk and the former Norfolk County, which dated to 1691. Chesapeake is the second-largest city by land area in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the third largest city in terms of population, with an estimated 220,560 residents. Chesapeake is a very urban area, but also has many miles of protected farmland, forests and wetlands, including a substantial portion of the Great Dismal Swamp. Chesapeake is also located on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. On the waterway, at Great Bridge where the locks transition from the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River to the Chesapeake and Albemarle Canal lies the site of the Revoluntionary War's Battle of Great Bridge. The city of Chesapeake offers beautiful parks, hiking trails, golf, and unlimited outdoor recreation. Also historic sites, fine dining and shopping, culture and nightlife. It's just 20 minutes from the Virginia Beach oceanfront, 15 minutes from downtown Norfolk and 45 minutes from Colonial Williamsburg. The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is 111,000 acres of forested wetland and wilderness, home to many mammal species. Other nearby attractions include Lake Drummond, the second largest lake in Virginia, and Northwest River Park, which runs along the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail.

Surrounding areas: Cape Charles, Virginia (4.4 mi), Arlington, Virginia (6.3 mi), Exmore, Virginia (17.0 mi), Quinby, Virginia (20.8 mi), Mathews, Virginia (22.1 mi), Onancock, Virginia (30.0 mi), Yorktown, Virginia (31.0 mi)

Chesapeake Vacation Rentals

Chesapeake Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Eastern Shore2543 Lakeford Hwy PO 1327Exmore, VA17.0 mi.(757) 442-7378
Travelodge1781 N King StHampton, VA27.4 mi.(757) 723-0741
Travelodge Bay Beach2968 Shore DrVirginia Beach, VA28.1 mi.(757) 481-7992
Arrow Inn7 Semple Farm RdHampton, VA28.4 mi.(804) 865-0300
Radisson Hotel Hampton700 Settlers Landing RdHampton, VA29.1 mi.(757) 727-9700
Super 8 Motel - Hampton1330 Thomas StHampton, VA29.3 mi.(804) 723-2888
Ramada Plaza Resort Oceanfront5700 Atlantic AveVirginia Beach, VA29.4 mi.(757) 428-7025
Ramada Limited719 E Ocean View AveNorfolk, VA29.5 mi.(757) 583-5211
Anchor MotelOnley, VA29.5 mi.(804) 787-8000
Best Western Holiday Sands Inn & Suites1330 E Ocean View AveNorfolk, VA29.6 mi.(757) 583-2621
Rodeway Inn7969 Shore DrNorfolk, VA29.8 mi.(757) 588-3600
Comfort Inn Little Creek5189 Shore DrVirginia Beach, VA29.8 mi.(757) 460-5566
Howard Johnson Lodge5173 Shore DrVirginia Beach, VA29.8 mi.(757) 460-1151
Days Inn7950 Shore DrNorfolk, VA29.9 mi.(757) 587-8781
Super 8 Motel7940 Shore DrNorfolk, VA29.9 mi.(757) 588-7888
Comfort Inn25297 Lankford HwyOnley, VA30.0 mi.(757) 787-7787

Chesapeake Weather & Climate

Northeast Virginia's climate is classified as mild, mid-latitude, with a subcategory of humid subtropical. Northeast Virginia generally has mild winters with no dry season and hot summers. Hurricanes make the coastal areas of Virginia vulnerable, but it's rare for a major hurricane to threaten the Virginia coast as hurricanes that far north tend to weaken due to cooler coast waters and increasingly westerly winds. Heavy rain from tropical cyclones are possible, however. Thunderstorms are an occasional concern with the state averaging anywhere from 30-50 days of thunderstorm activity annually, but the highest area of occurrence is towards the west.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 47°F 26°F 4.16 in. 36°F
February 49°F 27°F 3.48 in. 39°F
March 57°F 34°F 4.76 in. 46°F
April 65°F 42°F 3.10 in. 53°F
May 73°F 53°F 3.92 in. 63°F
June 81°F 62°F 3.65 in. 70°F
July 86°F 67°F 4.12 in. 77°F
August 84°F 66°F 3.90 in. 78°F
September 79°F 59°F 4.00 in. 75°F
October 69°F 47°F 3.51 in. 63°F
November 60°F 37°F 3.19 in. 54°F
December 51°F 30°F 3.57 in. 44°F

Chesapeake Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Norfolk International airport (ORF) located about 31 miles southwest of Chesapeake in Norfolk / Virginia Beach / Williamsburg, Virginia, the Newport News Williamsburg International airport (PHF) located approximately 32 miles west of Chesapeake in Newport News, Virginia, the Chesapeake Regional airport (CPK) located roughly 48 miles southwest of Chesapeake in Norfolk, Virginia, and finally the Salisbury Ocean City Wicomico Regional airport (SBY) located around 75 miles northeast of Chesapeake in Salisbury, Maryland.

Chesapeake Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
MotorworldVirginia BeachVA31.5 mi.
Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburgVA41.6 mi.
Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department Carnival GroundsLeonardtownMD77.5 mi.
Baja AmusementsOcean CityMD85.4 mi.
Jolly Roger Amusement ParkOcean CityMD85.4 mi.
Ocean City Pier RidesOcean CityMD85.4 mi.
Trimper's RidesOcean CityMD85.4 mi.
Water Parks
Wild Water RapidsVirginia BeachVA31.5 mi.
Water Country U.S.A.WilliamsburgVA41.6 mi.
Chesapeake Beach Water ParkChesapeake BeachMD100.4 mi.
Killens Pond Water ParkFeltonDE119.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Cahoon PlantationChesapeakeVA 
Chesapeake Golf ClubChesapeakeVA 
Golf Club at Bay CreekCape CharlesVA4.4 mi.
Northampton Country ClubCape CharlesVA4.4 mi.
Hamptons Golf CourseHamptonVA29.2 mi.
Woodlands Golf CourseHamptonVA29.2 mi.
State Parks
First Landing State ParkVA28.4 mi. 
Mariners' MuseumNewport NewsVA34.7 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Peninsula Fine Arts CenterNewport NewsVA34.7 mi.(Art)
National Maritime CenterNorfolkVA36.8 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Chrysler Museum of ArtNorfolkVA36.8 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Hampton Roads Naval MuseumNorfolkVA36.8 mi.(History)
Muscarelle Museum of ArtWilliamsburgVA41.6 mi.(Art)
Oyster & Maritime MuseumChincoteagueVA53.4 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Zoos and Aquariums
Virginia Zoological ParkNorfolkVA36.8 mi.
Salisbury Zoological ParkSalisburyMD75.3 mi.
North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke IslandManteoNC97.9 mi.

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