Destination guide

Head to the historic city of Portsmouth

Come and experience Portsmouth and its museums, churches and monuments. This city's boating, restaurants and riverfront draw many visitors. Children's Museum of Virginia and Nauticus National Maritime Center are just a couple of the must-sees in the area. Many of our vacation rentals offer full kitchens, spacious living quarters and sometimes even a hot tub—perfect for a relaxing getaway.

Activities

Activities and attractions in and around Portsmouth

Are you hoping to find attractions to visit in the area? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable vacation rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes Portsmouth a fun place to get away. These are some of the top attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Virginia Living Museum (18.9 mi / 30.5 km)
  • Virginia Zoo (3.1 mi / 5 km)
  • Lamberts Point Golf Course (3.4 mi / 5.5 km)
  • Cahoon Plantation Golf Course (7.6 mi / 12.3 km)
  • Cypress Point Country Club (8 mi / 12.8 km)
  • Chesapeake Golf Club (8.5 mi / 13.6 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Portsmouth

Whether you're an adventurous traveler or just want to appreciate the scenery, Portsmouth is a great place to get out in nature. Here are a few of the area's most eye-catching natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Norfolk Botanical Garden (7.3 mi / 11.8 km)
  • Town Point Park (0.8 mi / 1.3 km)
  • Pagoda and Oriental Garden (1 mi / 1.7 km)
  • Oak Grove Lake Park (5.8 mi / 9.3 km)
  • Lake Wright (6.4 mi / 10.3 km)
  • Chesapeake City Park (7.1 mi / 11.5 km)
Transport

Traveling to and around Portsmouth

Fly into Norfolk, VA (ORF-Norfolk Intl.), the closest airport, located 6.8 mi (10.9 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Newport News, VA (PHF-Newport News - Williamsburg Intl.), which is 23.1 mi (37.2 km) away.

Where to stay around Portsmouth?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,812 vacation rentals near Portsmouth. From 608 Houses to 93 Bungalows, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Portsmouth for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Portsmouth?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Portsmouth:

  • Buckroe Beach: 22 vacation rentals
  • Ocean View: 18 vacation rentals
  • Chic's Beach: 20 vacation rentals
  • Northeast Virginia Beach: 587 vacation rentals
  • Willoughby Spit: 105 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Portsmouth?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Portsmouth. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • United States Lightship Portsmouth: 818 vacation rentals
  • Tidewater Yacht Marina: 817 vacation rentals
  • Commodore Theatre: 817 vacation rentals
  • Frank D Lawrence Stadium: 696 vacation rentals
  • Hill House Museum: 830 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Portsmouth listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Portsmouth?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 608 Houses in Portsmouth. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Portsmouth include:

  • Bungalows: 93 rentals available
  • Cabins: 93 rentals available
  • Cottages: 93 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Studios and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Portsmouth?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,007 vacation rentals with pool available in Portsmouth. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.