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Introduction

Newport News is an independent city located in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area of Virginia. The city itself has about 180,000 inhabitants, but the total metropolitan region has well over 1.5 million.

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Events and Festivals

  • HollyDazzle - held in the City Center at Oyster Point and occurs in December. There is a light show along with a tree lighting. There are also many food vendors present. The actual event has free admission but extras need to be purchased.
  • Oyster Roast - a large seafood festival and beer-tasting that occurs near the end of October in the City Center Fountain Plaza.
  • Fridays @ The Fountain - enjoy concerts each Friday in June, July, and August at the City Center Fountain Plaza.
  • Family Films by the Fountain - bring the family on Saturdays in August to the City Center Fountain Plaza for a movie night.
  • Port Warwick's LIVE on the Square - enjoy concerts on Wednesday nights from late May through August at Port Warwick.

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Weather

Newport News has a warm climate with daytime temperatures in January even above 10 °C and in summer days average around 30 °C. Nights average between 2 °C and 22 °C and the absolute high and low are 41 °C and -20 °C respectively. Although it has mild winters, there still is an average snowfall of about 15 centimetres, mostly during brief cold spells. Average annual rainfall is about 1,200 mm with summers seeing heavier downpours, while winters are somewhat drier. The location of Newport News is favorable regarding the avoiding of storms: too far north for tropical storms (hurricanes) and too far south for the storms orginating more to the north. Also tornadoes don't reach this area usually.

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Getting There

By Plane

Newport News has its own international airport.

By Train

The Northeast Regional , operated by Amtrak, travels between Boston and Newport News, Virginia.

By Bus

Check Greyhound for options.

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Sleep

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Keep Connected

Internet

There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.

Post

The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.

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