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Old 08-19-2012, 08:57 PM
 
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I'm planning a vacation where I'll be driving in from the Outer Banks and staying two nights in the area, on day 1 visiting Williamsburg and on day 2 visiting the USS Wisconsin and then heading out of the area on the Cheasapeake Bay Bridge.

Looking for a safe area to stay in based on my itinerary, I understand traffic is bad certain places and there are some genuinely dangerous areas. I don't necessarily need specific properties, but I normally stay at Days Inn / Super 8 / Holiday Inn Express places away from the center city where parking is easier, fast food as around, and crime is less than the center city. Also, if we visit the USS Wisconsin is the parking garage secure, as we'd have to have our luggage with us as we'd be heading out the day.
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Old 08-20-2012, 12:40 PM
 
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Honestly I wouldn't bother with the Wisconsin and would just stay 2 nights in Williamsburg. There's a lot more to do up there whether you go to Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown, Busch Gardens, Water Country, shopping at the outlets, etc.

In Williamsburg I recommend staying on Richmond Road. That's one of the main drags and has plenty of restaurants and hotels. All hotels in Williamsburg pretty much have free parking.

If you're set on Norfolk there are a few hotels downtown, I don't know whether they charge for parking. They are the Sheraton, Marriott, Courtyard, and the Tazewell. Downtown is relatively safe.
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Old 08-20-2012, 07:11 PM
 
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I wouldn't worry about parking. The downtown hotels are affordable in Norfolk, even with parking considered. It's a safe area.

If your luggage is out of site in the trunk, I would feel comfortable leaving it in the parking garage. If it's visible in the back of an SUV, I would not.
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