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Visiting Williamsburg, Jamestown & Yorktown

Visiting The Historic Triangle - Williamsburg, Jamestown & Yorktown

Questions regarding visiting Williamsburg are often posted on the RV sites I belong to. It is one of those places most East Coast travelers visit at least once in their lives, and then never forget. Most folks to not realize that Jamestown and Yorktown are, to all practical effects, contiguous to Williamsburg and that together they form the Historic Triangle. There is no way I can summarize for you everything there is to do and see in the Williamsburg area. I can, however, give you enough information to get started on planning your own adventure.


Overview

Let’s start out with a little information from Wikipedia. OK, so it is rather dry reading. But it is also a quick way to get a good overview of the area and discover information not necessarily included in the links below. Pay attention to the entry for the Colonial Parkway. It is lovely, and offers good connections between various sites.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historic_Triangle

Tourist / Historical Information Sites

Visit Williamsburg This site might have been better named Visit the Historic Triangle. It contains links to everything that you might want to see while visiting the area. This is the main site to view.
http://www.visitwilliamsburg.com/index.aspx

To save you a bit of time in searching for main points of interest, I have culled a few links from the above site. Since there are so many things to see and do, and since not everyone has an unlimited amount of time to spend in the area, I have listed them in the order of those which are, in my opinion, the most interesting for people unfamiliar with the area.

Colonial Williamsburg This is an extremely good interactive map. Be sure to read “How to use the interactive map.”
http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/visit/tourTheTown/

Jamestown Settlement
http://www.historyisfun.org/Jamestown-Settlement.htm

Yorktown Victory Center
http://www.historyisfun.org/Yorktown-Victory-Center.htm

Places that are not as “historic” as the above, but which I personally enjoy.

The Pottery Factory. See it to believe it. People literally come here by the busload from out of state.
http://www.visitwilliamsburg.com/wil...ery/index.aspx

The Army Transportation Museum. Small but interesting. Located at nearby Ft. Eustis.
http://www.visitwilliamsburg.com/wil...eum/index.aspx

The Mariner’s Museum.
http://www.visitwilliamsburg.com/wil...eum/index.aspx
http://www.mariner.org/exhibitions/

See here for additional attractions.
http://www.visitwilliamsburg.com/wil...dex.aspx?pix=1

Getting There

http://www.visitwilliamsburg.com/map...nfo/index.aspx


Campgrounds

This is just the listing of a few campgrounds from the Visit Williamsburg site.
http://www.visitwilliamsburg.com/boo...nds/index.aspx

There are quite a few nice campgrounds in the area that are not mentioned here. (Try doing a search for: Camping Williamsburg Va) I often stay at American Heritage RV Park.
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