Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel Water, Sun, and Sky

Virginia Beach, Virginia

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The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel is a 23-mile, open-water drive across the mouth of Chesapeake Bay. This highway complex traverses trestles, causeways, bridges, manmade islands, and tunnels to connect the southern tip of the Delmarva Peninsula with the Norfolk-Virginia Beach area. The drive offers superb views of Chesapeake Bay and the open Atlantic Ocean. It includes a stop 3 miles out at sea, where Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, at a restaurant and 625-foot fishing pier on one of the manmade islands. You can walk out on the pier for a more leisurely view of the water, or look for passing ships while enjoying a bite at the Sea Gull Pier Restaurant. The at-sea location also makes this the best place in Virginia to watch sea birds. Special attractions: The views from the bridges and trestles of the open Atlantic and Chesapeake Bay, as you are suspended between sky and water, provide a unique experience. The drive over the water is broken up by two tunnels. A stop at the restaurant and fishing pier 4 miles out at sea on one of the manmade islands gives you the opportunity to walk out over the water to look at birds, ocean-going vessels, and views of the distant shore. Birders consider the manmade islands the best place in Virginia to observe sea birds.
Scenic Driving Virginia

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Scenic Driving Virginia

by Bruce Sloane (Falcon Guides)

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel is a 23-mile, open-water drive across the mouth of Chesapeake Bay. This highway complex traverses trestles, causeways, bridges, manmade islands, and tunnels to connect the southern tip of the Delmarva Peninsula with the Norfolk-Virginia Beach area. The drive offers superb views of Chesapeake Bay and the open Atlantic Ocean. It includes a stop 3 miles out at sea, where Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, at a restaurant and 625-foot fishing pier on one of the manmade islands. You can walk out on the pier for a more leisurely view of the water, or look for passing ships while enjoying a bite at the Sea Gull Pier Restaurant. The at-sea location also makes this the best place in Virginia to watch sea birds.

Special attractions: The views from the bridges and trestles of the open Atlantic and Chesapeake Bay, as you are suspended between sky and water, provide a unique experience. The drive over the water is broken up by two tunnels. A stop at the restaurant and fishing pier 4 miles out at sea on one of the manmade islands gives you the opportunity to walk out over the water to look at birds, ocean-going vessels, and views of the distant shore. Birders consider the manmade islands the best place in Virginia to observe sea birds.

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Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Virginia Beach
Distance: 23
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Fishermans Island National Wildlife Refuge
Driving Directions: Directions to Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel: Water, Sun, and Sky

Recent Trail Reviews

10/9/2011
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This is a fun drive, with great views all along the way. The toll is now $12 one way, but a return trip within 24 hours is only $5 if you show your receipt. Their is a scenic viewpoint on the right just after the toll plaza southbound, which is worthwhile pulling out for to see the view up the coast and across the bay. I combined this with Drive 11 up the eastern shore, which includes a visit to Chincoteague Island National Wildlife Refuge, for a long but delightful day's drive.



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