Portsmouth is about 200 miles from Washington. From the Beltway, take Interstate 95 south to I-295 south to I-64 east toward Norfolk/Virginia Beach. Merge onto I-664 toward downtown Newport News, then onto Virginia Route 164 east toward Portsmouth and follow the signs to downtown.
Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel
425 Water St.
Near the ferry landing. Rooms from $109.
222 North St.
B&B run by Scottish owners in an 1890 house. Four rooms from $119.
319 High St.
Specializing in northern Italian fare. Dinner entrees from $16.
337 High St.
Family-run neighborhood restaurant offering fresh seafood. Dinner entrees from $11.
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum
2 High St.
Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m to 5 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m. $4, including Lightship Portsmouth Museum.
Portsmouth Historical Association
221 North St.
Wednesday noon to 4 p.m. $5.
Portsmouth Visitor Information Center
6 Crawford Pkwy.
Pick up a walking tour brochure of Olde Towne.