Just south of the Maryland–Virginia line, a few miles east of U.S. 13, the Virginia Eastern Shore's island resort town of Chincoteague (pronounced shin-coh-teeg), which means "large stream or inlet"—also known as Chincoteague Island—exudes a pleasant aura of seclusion. Small, but bustling, with affordable eateries and myriad shops, it is eminently walkable. Within a few minutes' drive or an easy bike ride, relatively uncrowded beaches stretch northward for miles. Small inns and B&Bs abound. - Copyright © 2014 by Fodor’s Travel, a division of Random House, LLC. All rights reserved.
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The best way to appreciate the variety of birds in the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is to hike or bike the 3.2-mile Wildlife Loop.
If you're lucky, you may see a rocket launch at NASA's Wallops Island facility. The museum's hands-on exhibits trace the history of space exploration.
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Need some space? Take the ferry to Tangier Island, in the middle of Chesapeake Bay. Stay overnight at the Bay View Inn or Chesapeake House.
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