The beach itself was about exactly what I expected — miles of sand and boardwalk with more than enough hotels and tourist attractions dotted along the way.

The boardwalk and parallel bike path made the area quite pleasant. For the most part, I’ve found that tourist destinations are walkable and pedestrian-friendly. The oceanfront would be a completely different place if the boardwalk were instead an eight-lane highway. Fortunately enough, it isn’t.

Virginia Beach’s “downtown” is another story.

[Continue reading Rob Pitingolo’s post at Extraordinary Observations.]

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