Exploring Hampton Roads, VA – October 2018


Hampton Roads, VA
October 27-28, 2018

As a native Virginia Beach girl and a Alexandria transplant, I make it a point to explore different parts of the Hampton Roads, Virginia area aka the “757”.  This time around I took another form transportation, attempted to get scared at Busch Gardens and learned a little Virginia history along the way.


  • Amtrak: I had totally forgot that there was a train route that goes down to Norfolk, VA.  With a little research I found a roundtrip ticket for $87. Thought it’s the same amount time to drive (approximately 4 hours one way), it eliminates the stress of having to sit in traffic.  

Munch Tip: There is only one train a day that takes you directly to Norfolk.  Other trains stop in Newport News and a Grey Hound Bus takes you the rest of the way to Norfolk.   



  • Cape Henry Lighthouse:  This historic landmark is located on Fort Story Army Base in Virginia Beach.  There is a shuttle that you can board that is located at the front gate of the Army Base that can take you directly to the lighthouse.  Otherwise, your car will have to go through an inspection by the military police. Once you arrive at the lighthouse, you will enter the small gift shop that gives you a brief history of the structure.   Make sure to bring your National Park Services Passport Book to get your stamp to say that you were there. Another hidden treasure is the actual landing spot of the first English colonists who settled in Jamestown, Virginia.  You can’t miss the cross that was donated by the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists and placed on the actual landing location.

Munch Tip:  The lighthouse is not available for tours until Spring 2019 due to conservation maintenance. 


  • Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream:  Celebrate the season by getting scared beyond belief.  2019 was the 20th year and Busch Gardens went above and beyond.  There were 7 haunted houses, two Halloween variety shows and several roller coasters that were still open to ride.  The only drawback, like any amusement park are the long lines, which is to be expected. Ticket prices are cheaper than peak season prices and can range from $25-30.  

Munch Tip:  Pay the extra money for the queue pass.  This will alleviate the stress and allow you to focus o the fun.

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