Illustrator Map Newport News Norfolk Virginia Beach Hampton Virginia US

Newport News, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Hampton are cities located in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, United States. The area is known for its extensive waterways, military presence, and vibrant communities. Here’s a brief description of the principal waterways, bridges, and main streets in these cities:


  1. Hampton Roads:
    • Hampton Roads is a natural harbor that serves as the gateway to the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
    • It is a crucial and busy waterway, hosting a large number of naval and commercial vessels.
  2. Elizabeth River:
    • The Elizabeth River flows through Norfolk and Portsmouth, providing access to the Chesapeake Bay.
    • It is a major shipping channel and is home to various port facilities.
  3. James River:
    • The James River is a significant waterway in this region, and it flows past Newport News.
    • It has historical importance and has played a key role in the development of the area.


  1. Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT):
    • Connects Hampton and Norfolk.
    • A vital transportation link, it combines bridge and tunnel elements to cross the Hampton Roads harbor.
  2. Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel (MMMBT):
    • Connects Newport News and Suffolk.
    • Offers an alternative to the HRBT for crossing the harbor.
  3. Jordan Bridge:
    • Spans the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River, connecting Chesapeake and Portsmouth.
    • Provides a key route for commuters and freight traffic.

Main Streets:

  1. Newport News:
    • Warwick Boulevard: A major road running through Newport News, known for its commercial and residential areas.
  2. Norfolk:
    • Granby Street: Located in downtown Norfolk, Granby Street is a popular shopping and dining destination.
  3. Virginia Beach:
    • Atlantic Avenue: Running parallel to the beach, Atlantic Avenue is a bustling street with shops, restaurants, and entertainment.
  4. Hampton:
    • Settlers Landing Road: Situated in downtown Hampton, it is a historic area with shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions.

These cities are interconnected by a network of highways and local roads, creating a dynamic and accessible metropolitan area with a mix of urban and waterfront elements. The military presence, including Naval Station Norfolk, adds to the region’s significance both nationally and locally.

Author: Kirill Shrayber, Ph.D.

I have been working with vector cartography for over 25 years, including GPS, GIS, Adobe Illustrator and other professional cartographic software.

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