Welcome to Hampton Roads – Some info to clarify our region
Comprised of 7 cities (5 on the “Southside”—Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and Suffolk—and 2 on the “Peninsula”—Newport News and Hampton). Much of the area used to be referred to as “Tidewater” but the municipalities and businesses decided that “Hampton Roads” is better for marketing purposes, so that’s who we are now.
First, there’s “Norfolk”, pronounced exactly that way by Northerners who settle here.
Southerners who settle here pronounce it "Nawfalk" and everyone else calls it “Norfuk" (the correct pronunciation.)
The word " Norfolk " actually originated in Southern England , gradually over time as a combination of the words "North" and "Folk", their way of referring to their brethren to the north.
Norfolk is composed entirely of Roads under Construction. The year-round seasonal weather allows for year-round construction. The only way to get into downtown is to move there. Don't worry about getting out. Those arrangements will be made by your next of kin.
All directions start with "Get on I-64..." and somewhere include the phrase "Turn at the 7-Eleven."
Most people navigate the area using Interstate 64 because of oddball location naming. The immediate problem here, is that, in order to access western portions of the area, you have to travel I-64 East.
I-64, the largest interstate in the state, has two exits that serve Virginia Beach, the largest city in Virginia . The land mass of the beach area is approximately 1% of the city's total land area.
The city of Portsmouth is not at the port's mouth - that would be Norfolk.
The city of Chesapeake is named for the Chesapeake Bay, 15 miles away.
Newport News is not a newspaper. The city is, in fact, served by The Daily Press newspaper, based in Hampton.
South Norfolk is in Chesapeake and "Suffolk", an old English combination of “South" and "Folk" is not south of Norfolk, rather west.
Hampton Boulevard is in Norfolk and does not go to Hampton.
Northampton Boulevard is not in the north of Hampton; it is 22 miles southeast of Hampton, in Virginia Beach.
Chesapeake Boulevard runs parallel to Hampton Boulevard and does not go to Chesapeake.
Virginia Beach Boulevard starts in Norfolk and only becomes a boulevard when you reach Virginia Beach.
Portsmouth Boulevard is in Chesapeake.
There is no Norfolk Boulevard, but there is a Norfolk Avenue, in Virginia Beach. It does not go to Norfolk.
Chesapeake Beach , nicknamed "Chic's Beach", is in Virginia Beach.
Chicks do not go there. Chics go there, but it's named after a guy, Chic Leddington.
Meanwhile, Ocean View Avenue, in Norfolk, has no view of the ocean unless you use a high-powered telescope and a crane. Ocean View is on the Chesapeake Bay.
Bayview is too far from the Bay to see it and Riverview has no view of any rivers. Shore Drive has no shore but runs along beside miles and miles of military bases.
Military Highway, an apt name for the main thoroughfare of a primarily military area, will not actually take you to any military bases. Ironically, Independence Boulevard ends at one.
The Northwest River is actually in the Southeastern part of the area.
Deep Creek contains no deep creeks.
Great Bridge is an affluent area accessed by crossing a tiny drawbridge.
London Bridge Road has no connection to London and has no bridges. It is, however, falling apart.
The area of Damneck contains no dams.
Oceana Boulevard does not come near the ocean.
Norfolk Naval Shipyard is in Portsmouth.
One of the largest Coast Guard bases on the east coast is in Portsmouth, 21 miles from the coast.
Hilltop, a mildly affluent shopping area, is not on a hill or near a hill. (Actually when it was all fields prior to 1963, you would notice a slight higher elevation in this area!)
There are no cars at the Chrysler Museum.
Scope is not a mouthwash- it's a convention center in Norfolk.
No one carpools here, allowing the HOV-reversible lanes to be used by skateboarders during rush hours.
All the tollbooths were taken down a few years ago, creating one less place for traffic accidents to occur. But they are considering putting tolls on the tunnels connecting Portsmouth and Norfolk to add excitement of road rage to a daily commute.
Everyone in the country lived here once or knew someone who did.
You will be hard pressed to find a native of the area. Everyone here is from somewhere else, due mostly to the fact that Norfolk contains the largest naval base in the world. When you curse the drivers here for not being able to drive, you are cursing the drivers of the whole country.