Historic Triangle of Williamsburg
Make the Williamsburg area your home base as you explore the region-from the Virginia Beach oceanfront, to the James River plantations and the Civil War heritage of Richmond. The Historic Triangle-Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown-is perfectly situated for visitors making day trips around the area. With the Williamsburg area as your hub, it’s an easy drive no matter where you want to go. There are a variety of accommodations and vacation packages for budgets of all sizes, so book now to begin your Williamsburg adventure.
In the Williamsburg area, there’s no chance you’ll ever find yourself searching for things to do. An abundance of theaters, music venues, museums and art galleries mean there’s always a new event, show or concert. Walking tours, parks and trails provide a great reason to get outside. You’ll see-Williamsburg is a great way to get away.
Even after 400 years, a visit to Jamestown is still an adventure. But fortunately for today’s visitors, the New World isn’t quite as harsh as it once was-when Captain John Smith and his companions established the first permanent English colony in America.
It’s a complex story, and it’s one fully experienced by a visit to two compelling attractions. At Historic Jamestowne, part of the Colonial National Historic Park, you can explore the original site and watch as Preservation Virginia archeologists excavate the 1607 fort. At Jamestown Settlement, explore a world-class living-history museum that re-creates life in the New World. Step inside a Powhatan village and see how Native Americans lived. Feel the weight as you try on colonial armor. Climb aboard replicas of the three ships that brought the colonists to Virginia in 1607. It’s a great way to get in touch with our incredible past!
Visit Yorktown and discover a place known for both its waterfront charm and its famous battles. Stroll through the boutique shops and grab a delicious bite to eat at one of the restaurants at Historic Yorktown’s Riverwalk Landing; then wander along the York River’s sandy beach. As you walk up the hill toward Main Street’s art galleries and antique shops-pausing to admire the town’s 18th century architecture-it may be hard to imagine that fierce fighting ever took place nearby.
But Yorktown was critical in both the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. At Yorktown Battlefield, part of the National Park Service’s Colonial National Historical Park, you can see where George Washington secured America’s independence in 1781. The Yorktown Victory Monument is here, as well as a Civil War-era National Cemetery. Nearby at the Yorktown Victory Center living history museum, you can experience the American Revolution first-hand through film extensive galleries and re-creations of a 1780s farm and a Continental Army encampment. Costumed historical interpreters may even recruit you to join a cannon crew or help tend the crops.