How to Travel to Virginia Beach from Washington DC's Capital Beltway

How to Travel to Virginia Beach from Washington DC's Capital Beltway

If you ever need to get to Virginia Beach but are along a route from Washington DC's Capital Beltway, have no fear. It's tricky to navigate, and often you'll receive long directions to get you to the location you want. This article will save you from making a mistake so many have made in the past that can be avoided.

This article is being written as if you are traveling to get to the oceanfront hotels along Atlantic Ave, though Pacific Ave (it's parallel sister) runs right next to it. There are other streets in Virginia Beach, but they are less commonly referred to when referring to the city as "Virginia Beach" alone.

Steps

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Get onto the Belt going south till you reach the point where I-95 splits from I-495 and heads towards Richmond. Take the Inner Ring of the Beltway so that you are on the portion that is numbered both I-95 and I-495. The Beltway portion that's labeled just I-495 is often cluttered with traffic and often takes too long to get to the same point, but it's also doable - if you have time to spend.
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Take I-95 towards Richmond after it splits away from I-495. You'll pass Dumfries, Stafford, Fredericksburg, Thornburg, and Ladysmith as you near Ashland and Richmond's belt.
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Take I-295 south. I-295 spurs away from the city and connects I-95 to the next interstate you'll need to take near Varina, Virginia.
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Take I-64 east. If you miss the I-64 exit, shortly thereafter, you'll reach US-60. Although US-60 is a multi-lane highway, it's not quite as fast as I-64! Both parallel each other until you get down to Newport News and Hampton - just across Norfolk Bay, where you'll need to pick up I-664 going north towards I-64 to continue the route. I-64 is the more-direct route you'll need to look out for and comes up confusingly to so many drivers! As I-64 nears Hampton, I-64 merges up with US-60 and becomes the "Hampton Roads Beltway" - though it doesn't Belt to anywhere but across the Bay.
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Cross the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (I-64). This bridge takes you between Hampton and Willoughby Spit & Willoughby Bay. There's talk of a bridge widening project, but right now, it's only two lanes in each direction. [1] X Research source The Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel is absolutely free. [2] X Research source
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Take the split off onto US-60. Do not follow signage to I-264 or US-58 unless you desperately need to. - However, US-13 will lead you north off I-64 and get you to US-60.
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Follow alternate directions, if necessary. US-58 heads east directly into Virginia Beach and Pacific Ave. It brings you further south than the direct route of US-60.

Quick Tip: Choose to take the 4th Street Extension exit heading north towards VA-168, or you can continue with I-64. VA-168 merges it's naming with US-60 and heads directly to where you'll need to be.

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Watch the split near 45+1/2th Street. Atlantic Ave and Pacific Ave split, though the road split becomes more evident later on when the two streets travel parallel. (At first, the roads travel, one name going north and the other going south. But by the time you reach 42nd Street, you'll reach your first light, then make your decision.
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Take Atlantic Ave, only if necessary. Atlantic Ave travels really close to the Boardwalk to the Atlantic Ocean - but has tons of tall highrise hotels and resorts really close together. Otherwise, stay on Pacific Ave, if possible. Realize what happens if you had to take US-58. US-58 ends in a roundabout. One "exit" leads you onto Laskin Road and 32nd St. Another leads you onto 30th St. Traveling halfway through the roundabout, leads you to a continuation of Laskin Road - leading you east towards Pacific Ave - where it terminates a few blocks later at Atlantic Ave's traffic light intersection.
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