America’s Favourite Cities.
Every year, Travel + Leisure has been asking readers across the country to rank their hometowns to share the kind of knowledge you just don’t have unless you’re a local in their America’s Favorite Places survey. From the absolute best barbecue to the friendliest cities in America. Their readers voted and Norfolk, Virginia came up tops for 2017.
Norfolk is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. in 2015, the population was estimated to be 247,189 making it the second-most populous city in Virginia after neighbouring Virginia Beach. Norfolk is located at the core of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area, named for the large natural harbour of the same name located at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay. It is one of nine cities and seven counties that constitute the Hampton Roads metro area. The city is bordered to the west by the Elizabeth River and the north by the Chesapeake Bay. It also shares land borders with the independent cities of Chesapeake to its south and Virginia Beach to its east. Norfolk is one of the oldest cities in Hampton Roads and is considered to be the historic, urban, financial, and cultural centre of the region. The city has a long history as a strategic military and transportation point. The largest Navy base in the world, Naval Station Norfolk, is located in Norfolk along with one of NATO’s two Strategic Command headquarters. The city also has the corporate headquarters of Norfolk Southern Railway, one of North America’s principal Class I railroads, and Maersk Line, Limited, which manages the world’s largest fleet of US-flag vessels.
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