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Newport News is one of the cities in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, on the banks of the James River. It’s a fun, family-friendly destination, with records stretching back to the earliest days of European settlement in the US. Learn about the story of the town in the Virginia Living Museum or in the Mariners’ Museum. The city’s most famous figure, Ella Fitzgerald, is honored with her own theater in the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center.

Rent a car through Orbitz to explore Newport News and the rest of the historic Hampton Roads area. Fascinating glimpses of local history are evident throughout the region.


Newport News and beyond: A journey through time

Newport News is ideally placed to explore some of the most important historical destinations in the US. Visit these three spots in your rental car.

Jamestown

The earliest days of Europeans in America can be traced in Historic Jamestowne, the first permanent British settlement in the US. Monuments to John Smith and Pocahontas hint at the town’s most famous story. An on-site museum, recreated buildings, and fascinating archaeological finds transport you to this crucial point in the history of the US.

Journey time: Around 35 minutes

Distance: Approximately 25 miles

Yorktown

Move on from the Colonial era to the War of Independence, which was won at the Battle of Yorktown. Drive to Yorktown Battlefield and take a tour of this famous site, visiting both the 18th-century town and the site of the battle. Fortifications are still standing, as is Thomas Nelson House, home of one of the battle leaders and signatories of the Declaration of Independence.

Journey time: Around 20 minutes

Distance: Approximately 10 miles

Richmond

Virginia’s exciting capital is as rich with history as the rest of the state. Here you’ll encounter several important sites from the era of the Civil War. The Museum and White House of the Confederacy takes a look back at the secession, while the American Civil War Center offers an overview of the war and its main players. The Manchester Slave Trail commemorates the slaves who were sold in the city.

Journey time: Around 1 hour 10 minutes

Distance: Approximately 70 miles