Birds of a Feather

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Virginia Beach's boardwalk bustles with a steady stream of vacationers enjoying the sun, sand and salt air but step just a few miles from shore and you'll find a whole other world – one that captures the attention of birdwatchers year-round. It's called the Seashore to Cypress Birding Trail and it unites some of the area's most picturesque and least populated places, including the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and the First Landing State Park.

You'll spy pelicans, warblers, white ibises and hundreds of other species amid the dunes, pine forest, swamps and myrtle thickets. It's easy to spend several days on the trail – just remember to pack your binoculars and a sense of adventure!

Address: The trail begins at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel