NORFOLK, Va., July 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The reasons making Norfolk a great place to live, also top the reasons why this All-America City should be added to summer travel plans. Citing support of veterans, appreciation for its waterfront location and unique neighborhoods, the National Civic League named Norfolk a 2013 All-America City.
"As a longtime resident, I'm pleased Norfolk is recognized by the All-America City Awards for accomplishments aimed at people and places that matter most in our community," said Anthony J. DiFilippo, President & CEO of VisitNorfolk. "By continuing efforts to make Norfolk the best it can be, we are enhancing Norfolk's destination appeal, and encouraging visitors to come see what makes this city special."
Here are top reasons why locals and visitors share the pride of Norfolk's All-America City title:
- Honoring Those Who Serve
Norfolk's efforts supporting veterans have earned recognition. Home to America's largest naval base, the city has a tradition of honoring those who served their country, celebrating war heroes like General MacArthur with his memorial museum and city spaces carrying his name. To learn about maritime history, the Nauticus offers exhibits and exploration aboard the Battleship Wisconsin, while naval base tours take visitors to see submarines and destroyers. For a glimpse into military life, war letters are engraved into the waterfront sidewalk as a memorial.
- Appreciation for Waterfront Location
The city's waterfront location is essential to commerce and community, and the reason the city was acknowledged for its leadership on flood mitigation. There's much for the city to protect, including Town Point Park, which hosts numerous festivals throughout the year, as well as waterfront activities like sailing, fishing or kayaking.
- Neighborhoods Celebrate Diversity
Ocean View, Freemason, Ghent and Granby Street, they're all Norfolk and all different. The National Civic League recognized the strength of "neighbors building neighborhoods" and for visitors, Norfolk's neighborhoods offer lots to explore. Visitors can soak up the sun at Ocean View Beach Park. The Freemason district transports tourists back in time with cobblestone streets and historic architecture, while the funky Ghent neighborhood is lined with trendy restaurants and vintage shops. Granby Street offers live-music, culinary delights, and the Granby Street Food Tour for a taste of the city's favored dishes.