Located in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area of Virginia, Newport News is truly an aquatic city, surrounded on almost all sides by bodies of water, including the Atlantic Ocean and the James River. Fans of aquatic sports then will find themselves with no shortage of recreational activities, from sailing to canoeing, fishing and swimming. The city's historic downtown is renowned for its preserved historic architecture and landmarks, including the Newport News Victory Arch. History buffs will want to check out the Mariner's Museum and the Virginia War Museum, both of which are well known for their collections. The Peninsula Fine Arts Center is a great option for the creative-minded, containing a rotating gallery of regional and national exhibits.