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“wonderful drive”

Colonial National Historical Park
Ranked #11 of 26 things to do in Yorktown
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: An area of southeast Virginia where the following major historical sites/towns are linked by a 23-mile road: Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown.
Reviewed May 14, 2013

I have never before reviewed a road, but this one, built by visionaries in the 1930s, is worth it. It's a beautiful, limited access, free road linking Yorktown, Williamsburg, and Jamestown. You share the road with bicycles but not with trucks. And there is no urban sprawl. The views and the drive itself are peacful and lovely.

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Reviewed May 8, 2013

The ranger we had did a great job of not only learning a few things but helping us experience and understand what went on in the battlefields. The ranger was great and you could tell she enjoyed her work. It was eery being on the battlefield and feeling what those soldiers went thru. The movie inside was also very good.

Thank GatorPats
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

We went here on vacation and enjoyed ourselves, a must for the young and old at heart!! We saw folks dressed in period costumes and there were several different reenactments on each day to leave you mesmerized ! It was well worth the visit and would do it again.

Thank Charlie S
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

I get to live here! Walk your dog on DoG (Duke of Gloucester) Street, worship God in a real 18th century building with real 21st century folks, get a unique sense of what it might have been like to live at the time of the Revolution. Puts bricks and mortar, flesh and blood to dusty history.

1  Thank Vicaria
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Reviewed December 14, 2012

We were visiting Williamsburg in December as my wife had never seen it. One thing to note is that you don't need to buy a ticket to walk the area and go into some of the general store type of shops. However if you are interested in hearing people wearing outfits of the times tell about their life or want to go inside the Governor's House or some of the other Houses then you will need to buy tickets. We were visiting for a few days and did not have time for the tours. Instead we had a wonderful time walking through the village. We walked around both in the daylight and the night. As a note, if you walk at night you may want to bring a small flashlight as the lighting is minimal. The great thing about the night walk is it gives you a feel as to how things looked in Colonial days. There are no colored electric lights here. Instead the real decoration is the wreaths hung at the houses. They are made of natural fruits, pine cones and sticks, nothing artificial here.
Just so you are aware, across the road from Colonial Williamsburg is a modern town with a Barnes and Noble and several good restaurants with lower prices than in the Colonial area. There is also a parking garage here if you want to park closer, but it is not free parking like at the Visitors center. But if you park at the Visitor's center you can either walk over to the Colonial Williamsburg (about a 1/4 mile) or you can buy bus tickets so you can be dropped off closer. The bus is free if you buy the Williamsburg tickets. Also we found out that after 6 pm the bus is free during the winter.
In the modern town, we were also fortunate to be there the Saturday morning when the Williamsburg Farmer's Market was active. This was a great treat. The vendors were selling wreaths, frozen fish, local wine, and all kinds of crops. There were singers singing Christmas carols and more dogs than I have seen in a kennel. A number of shops and stores are open here selling things from Smithfield ham to peanuts, to candy to toys. It is a great place to look for souvenirs.
In Colonial Williamsburg during the day you can see the wreaths, here the cannon fire and watch the horse drawn carriages. The smell will tell you if a carriage has passed recently. A few stores are open to the public. There are taverns open to the public, but the meals are expensive here and the wait time can be up to a half hour or longer. Walking the village is great exercise; there are hills and flat areas. You may want to stay on the sidewalk if the horses are in the street to avoid a surprise souvenir on your shoes.
We had a delightful time here and enjoyed eating at the many restaurants in the modern town. It is a personal choice whether you want the tours or not, but regardless I think you will find the area a fun day visit and if you have time, walk a few blocks over and see the campus of William and Mary. That is also a hidden treat here.

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