Sunsets in Virginia are unlike any other. The term, “gorgeous” is probably the biggest understatement one can use to describe that heavenly yellow-orange orb slowly inching its way down the horizon and creating a burst of colors from bright orange hues to velvety violets.
Here’s where you can catch some of the most amazing sunsets in the eastern portion of the Virginia state.
- Chesapeake Bay Beach
- Sandbridge Beach
- The Narrows
- Rudee Inlet
- Kiptopeke State Park
Also known as Chic’s or Chick’s Beach, Chesapeake Bay is an all-time favorite sunset spot enjoyed by generations of locals and visitors in the area. You have several beautiful and relaxing wide beaches to choose from for a space while you watch the sun go down. For more spectacular views, turn your eyes (and cameras or camera phones) toward the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. It’s magnificent, remarkable, and one that should not be missed.
How to get there: Chesapeake Bay Beach is accessible via Shore Drive, North Great Neck Road, and via Interstate 264.
If you’re looking for a more private spot to watch the sunset, then Sandbridge Beach would be the perfect place for you. This beach hideaway offers an unforgettable sunset experience amid dancing sea boats.
How to get there: Head to General Booth Boulevard, follow Sandbridge Road and Sandpiper Road until you reach Sandfiddler Road.
Another hidden sunset spot in Virginia Beach is The Narrows, a waterway in First Landing State Park. The park’s beach is located on this waterway and it offers a magnificent sunset across its calm waters.
How to get there: First Landing State Park can be accessed by using Pacific Avenue. Once there, take Atlantic Avenue and continue onto Shore Drive. You’ll need to make a U-turn before reaching the entrance of the park.
Known for its fresh seafood dishes and endless outdoor and waterfront activities, Rudee Inlet is a popular attraction for residents and visitors. The inlet’s location along the Virginia Beach Oceanfront provides you with amazing sunset views along the marina. Some establishments like Rockafeller’s Restaurant also allow you to watch the sunset while munching on their famous crab and shrimp hushpuppies.
How to get there: Rudee Inlet can be accessed by going north on Pacific Avenue and making a right on Atlantic Avenue. You can also get to the waterfront community by walking or biking along the 10-foot Rudee Inlet Connector Walk. The VB Wave & Bayfront Shuttle – Hamptons Roads Transit also offers shuttle services from May 1 to September 30.
Located in the nearby town of Cape Charles, Kiptopeke State Park is a serene outdoor recreational area that offers stunning sunset views of the Chesapeake Bay. The park has several great spots for catching the sunset like on the lighted fishing pier and on the bayside beach itself. You can even camp overnight at any of the park’s well-maintained cabins, tents, yurts, and camping trailers.
How to get there: Kiptopeke State Park can be accessed via U.S. Route 13. From Virginia Beach, head north on U.S. Route 13 (Lankford Highway) and continue on Arlington Road until you reach the park entrance on Kiptopeke Drive.
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