If you haven’t noticed the heavy military presence in the area, well, that’s impossible. Hampton Roads is home to many Air Force, Marine Corps, Army, and Coast Guard facilities; not to mention, the world’s largest naval station is right in Virginia Beach’s backyard. Being military friendly, the area has its own military culture for veterans, active duty members, their families, and visitors. From local restaurants that cater to our nation’s military, to museums that don’t let us forget its history, traveling to Virginia Beach offers a significant military experience for everyone.

Warriors Taphouse is a local restaurant in Virginia Beach that sticks to its mission of “Providing exceptional support to our nation’s fallen, combat wounded, veterans and their remarkable families through revenue generated from serving the highest quality craft beer and unmatched service.” The restaurant has 58 taps on hand and is surely to be any beer lover’s dream. Their food menu includes locally sourced, farm-to-table meals that offer a sophisticated twist to some of our favorite dishes. The owners have their own deeply rooted connection to our nation’s military, which has driven them to create this unforgettable restaurant. They continue each day to “give back to those who have given so much.”

Located right in the heart of the Virginia Beach oceanfront is The Bunker Brewpub & Cadence Hall, a full-service restaurant run by Young Veterans Brewing Co. That means they also brew their own beer, in house! At The Bunker, visitors can expect to find live music, great food, and of course, a wide selection of hand crafted beer. Personally, I’ve always been interested in the process of how beer is made, and I can guarantee this is a great place for anyone who shares that same curiosity.

A cool museum to visit in Virginia Beach is the Military Aviation Museum. Home to one of the world’s largest collections of “warbirds,” and yes, the planes are referred to as warbirds, this museum offers an extensive display of military history. Check out World War I and World War II aircrafts that have been beautifully restored to the point where they are flown during flight demonstrations at the museum. Visitors can also book their own Air Craft Rides with veteran pilots, to have a firsthand experience of flying in such historic aircrafts.

So, whether you’re in the area for fun, or even military duty, Virginia Beach is the place to indulge in some of the best displays of American pride Hampton Roads has to offer.