Among the many miles of lake, river and bay front property is a vibrant city that is the cultural, educational, business and medical center of the Hampton Roads region. Norfolk is a powerhouse of military and transportation initiatives, hosting not only the world's largest naval base but also one of the busiest international ports in the United States. The city’s popular logo, an elegant young mermaid, is a great representation of the city’s 300 years of naval heritage and its forward thinking attitude.
Norfolk has an extensive network of roads, interstate highways, bridges and tunnels, making it very easy to navigate by car. Unfortunately, traffic is often a problem, so most residents favor the excellent public transportation system. Light rail, bus, ferry and paratransit services are all operated by Hampton Roads Transit, an extensive network that serves 369 square miles and 22 million annual passengers throughout six cities, which includes Norfolk. One particularly popular summer route is Tide, a light rail service that connects downtown Norfolk and Virginia Beach. Walking is also popular in Norfolk, especially in the downtown waterfront area.