Local Area

Located on the scenic shores of Chesapeake Bay, just steps from the beach, the BEST WESTERN PLUS Holiday Sands Inn & Suites is ideal for travelers looking to explore the many attractions and landmarks in and around Norfolk. We are just 20 minutes from Virginia Beach (the longest pleasure beach in the world), 15 minutes from Naval Station Norfolk, and 10 minutes from Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.

Norfolk Botanical Gardens
The spectacular 155-acre Norfolk Botanical Gardens features 40 unique themed gardens, 95 species of birds and 40 varieties of butterflies. A popular Norfolk attraction since 1938, it’s open year round and offers great fun for kids in its 3-acre Children’s Adventure Garden.

Virginia Zoo in Norfolk
Get up close and personal with elephants, lions, kangaroos, meerkats and other exotic creatures at the world-class Virginia Zoo. Home to 400 animals on 53 beautiful acres, the Zoo offers entertainment, activities and education for the whole family.

Naval Station Norfolk
The largest naval station in the world is located right here in Norfolk! Take a tour of the base and see some of the 75 ships and 134 aircraft which are home ported here including aircraft carriers, destroyers, frigates and amphibious assault ships. History buffs will also be interested to see the site of the 1907 Jamestown Exposition on which the base is located.