Portsmouth, Virginia is located in the Hampton Roads area of this beautiful state. It is one of the so called '7 Cities' of Hampton Roads which is also comprised of nearby cities of Norfolk, Hampton, Newport News, Chesapeake, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach. Portsmouth is full of history and is also a major contributor to the United States military. Portsmouth has a little over 100,000 residents and is located on the Elizabeth River directly across from the city of Norfolk. There is a tunnel that connects both of these cities. Portsmouth is actually one of the oldest cities in the United States as there are records from 1620 that stated King James I wanted to build a shipbuilding area across from Norfolk. Portsmouth is also the home of the Norfolk Naval Shipyard and the Portsmouth Naval Hospital which is recognized as one of the top military hospitals in the world. The city of Portsmouth has tons of history behind it but the surrounding area is also a must see. You can enjoy the beaches at Virginia Beach, take scenic tours and catch some pro sports in Norfolk, or go see a concert at the Hampton Coliseum. Portsmouth, Virginia has everything to offer and then some.