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“Revolutionary War & Civil War fought here” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Yorktown Battlefield

Yorktown Battlefield
1000 Colonial Parkway, Yorktown, VA 23690
757 898 2410
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Colonial Williamsburg City Tour
Ranked #2 of 20 Attractions in Yorktown
Type: Battlefields, Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Dining, Group tours/walking tour
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Redwood City, California
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57 attraction reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Revolutionary War & Civil War fought here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

While I am a civil war buff, I was indeed intrigued by the great strategy employed by the Americans and their French allies to defeat the British here. Like some other reviewers, I did Jamestown in the morning and then took the marvelous scenic road over to Yorktown. It was worth the trip to see all the restored wetlands and the many emplacements for the Confederate defenses of the James Peninsula and Williamsburg. It is amazing to see all the earthworks thrown up right in front of the British lines in a mere 48 hours, and apparently without the British suspecting they were there. The Yorktown Union cemetery near Lafayette's lines is also worth a visit as it has many relics owned by common soldiers in the small house at the site.

Visited May 2012
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Omaha
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26 attraction reviews
Reviews in 51 cities Reviews in 51 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Great place to visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

I grew up in the Midwest where the Revolutionary War was a remote concept even though my family includes Revolutionary heroes from Vermont. This visit changed that perception. It helped me understand the genius of Washington and Lafayette. Viva Americas!

Visited November 2012
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Myersville, Maryland
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4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Great historic presentation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

The ranger we had for our walking tour was excellent. She was very knowledgable! This tour is included in the admission fee for the battlefield and is well worth the hour spent. We also did the driving tour around the battlefield. Now is an excellent time to go since this is off season and the crowds are down

Visited November 2012
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Central Florida, United States
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Not to be missed.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

Great 1/2 day tour. We did this in the afternoon once we completed our morning visiting Jamestown Settlement. If you have an America the Beautiful, Access Pass to National parks then you do not pay the $10 entrance fee to Yorktown or Jamestown. A nice perk. But feel free to donate. Both parks were exceptional. We chose to do the Archealogical Walking Tour @ JMSTWN and we chose to walk ourselves @ Yorktown after the movie. You miss the York Riverfront by joining in on the guided tour, however, I think you could probably break off at any time. We ate lunch down by the river @ Riverwalk Restaurant/Hide Tide.

Visited October 2012
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Tinley Park, Illinois
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“The surrender of Cornwallis ended the Revolutionary War.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

This is the National Park Service controlled area of Yorktown. The self-guided tours are very good. The self-guided driving tour lets you stand on this hallowed ground. You can get out of the car and walk where it all happened. I get chills when I stand there. The signage has always been very explanitory. If you have questions, just go back to the visitors center and the Park Rangers will probably be able to answer them.

Visited December 2011
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