American Music Festival

Meet Virginia at the beach

Meet Virginia at the beach

If your idea of a breezy beach vacation involves a plane or passport, then hold off on the tropics and head instead to Virginia Beach.

This resort city of nearly 438,000 people is a laid-back East Coast destination about a five-hour drive from Baltimore.

And with its abundance of sun, sand and surf, it's well worth the trip.

Catch a wave while surfing in the Atlantic Ocean. Glimpse dolphins frolicking near the coast. Kayak through a national wildlife refuge. Or listen to a symphony perform on the beach as the sun sets.

"We have several free concerts this summer," says Wendy Young, executive director of Symphonicity, the city's volunteer symphony...