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About Williamsburg

by SmarterTravel Staff
Colonial Williamsburg (Photo: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)

Williamsburg, Virginia, is a destination rich in American history. The Williamsburg area is home not only to Colonial Williamsburg, but also to Jamestown and Yorktown. But there's more to see than just the past; visitors looking for a bit of the present can check out the animal and thrill-ride amusement park Busch Gardens or Water Country USA.

The Historic Triangle—comprised of Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown—crowns Williamsburg like the traditional tri-corned hat, a sign of its revolutionary history. The living history museum of Colonial Williamsburg transports visitors to a thriving 18th-century community, complete with more than 500 original and reconstructed buildings, costumed character interpreters, and tradesmen demonstrating traditional crafts.

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The Jamestown Settlement explores the lives of the first permanent settlement of English colonists and the local Native American population at the time, while Historic Jamestowne brings the former town to life with demonstrations and exhibits.

At Yorktown Battlefield and Yorktown Victory Center, find walking tours and hands-on history exhibits explaining the battle that led to American independence.

Williamsburg has a rich history as well as a vibrant present. Visitors will find theme parks, golf courses, the leisure and entertainment center of New Town, The College of William and Mary, and hundreds of outlet stores, galleries, antique stores, and boutiques.

Richmond International Airport, Norkfolk International Airport, and Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport all serve the Williamsburg area. With three airports to choose from, flights to Williamsburg are easy to come by.

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