Number One for a Number of Reasons
Virginia Beach has racked up an impressive list of accolades, enticing visitors to come back year after year

By Diandra Simmons

Being the best at something takes diligence and hard work, which is why Virginia Beach is so proud to have been listed in the top rankings as being the very best in many different categories. Because of this, it's easy to separate us from the rest of the vacation locales. Listed below are a few of the accolades associated with our thriving city. It is because of these valuable aspects that visitors choose to vacation here year after year, and we, as a city, will continue to strive to be the best in everything we do.

One of the first things we are associated with—and you've probably noticed this one already—is our beautiful beach! Virginia Beach was named one of the top 10 beaches in the United States by TripAdvisor. Whether you want to take a stroll across the sand, enjoy a dip in the waves or just relax on the beach and gaze at the horizon, our beach is open and welcoming to all. Aside from the obvious summer fun to be had, our beach is also a popular destination for the off-season when it's a little less crowded and the temperature is still inviting. Many people enjoy heading to the oceanfront just as the sun ascends across the water to search for one-of-a-kind seashells. Others love taking a stroll after dinner for a blissfully romantic excursion.

The beauty doesn't stop at the beach; it runs alongside it as well. The Virginia Beach Boardwalk has been named one of America's favorite boardwalks by the Discovery Channel and in magazines such as Coastal Living, Southern Living and National Geographic Traveler. It's a popular place that invites tourists and locals alike to take part in the never-ending excitement. Running about three miles, the boardwalk is one of the most serene—or liveliest—parts of the city, depending on the time of day. When the sun peeps up, the path is filled with couples leisurely strolling, joggers warming up for their morning run and a whole plethora of other activities. The nightlife on the boardwalk is promising as well. The walkway is dotted with some of the most popular seafood restaurants right on the oceanfront, so don't be surprised if a late evening stroll turns into fruity drinks and a plate of crab legs.

The boardwalk is an ideal place to get a workout, but it's certainly not the only place. As one of the fittest cities in the United States (named by WebMD), Virginia Beach backs up this honor with plenty of parks and playgrounds for children to be active as well as many recreational centers, some complete with indoor pools, weight rooms and gymnasiums. There are also hiking, running and biking trails such as the Bald Cypress Trail open year-round.

Perhaps it's because of all the family-oriented activities that 24/7 Wall St., a financial news website, named Virginia Beach the second best city to raise a family in the United States. Due to the military history in and surrounding the city, it is extremely well-known and prosperous. 24/7 Wall St. mentions that the city is in the top 10 lowest for poverty, violent crime, and unemployment rates and also happens to be in the top 10 for median income, health insurance coverage and students completing and graduating high school.

Along with being one of the best cities to raise a family, 24/7 Wall St. has also named Virginia Beach as the best run city in the United States, an accolade that we take great pride in achieving. We do our best to live up to our accolades and will continue to work hard to provide a safe, friendly and fun place for people to live and visit.