If you’ve never visited Williamsburg, Virginia before, it’s a city just about an hour’s drive from the state capital of Richmond. It is well-known as being an instrumental location for many parts of the Revolutionary War and the colonial period in general. Today, Williamsburg’s storied past lives on through many unique and interesting attractions. And it draws tourists of all ages who are curious about this pivotal time in our country.
Start with Colonial Williamsburg. You will get a sense of what rich history is the area. It’s the largest living history museum in the world. You could easily spend all day here. Why? There are more than 40 stops that allow you to experience life in the 1700s. Such as blacksmith shops and apothecaries, plus two art museums and four taverns. To make it easier to navigate, Colonial Williamsburg has even introduced an app designed to help visitors find their way around. They’ve curated specifically suggested itineraries geared toward specific interests and themes, like “Family Fun Trek” and “Military History Buffs.”
Don’t feel like walking around?
Treat yourself to a ride around the property in a historic carriage. And if you’re looking to stay for a while, accommodations couldn’t be easier to find—there are six official properties on the premises for visitors to choose from. Dining options are also plentiful. Options are ranging from the grab ‘n go fare of the Visitors Center Cafe to the upscale and contemporary menus of the Rockefeller Room and Terrace & Goodwin Rooms.
There’s so much more to see beyond Colonial Williamsburg, however. The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is dedicated to preserving artifacts from the war in exhibits and galleries and features a Revolution-era farm that recreates the life of an 18th-century farming family. The Jamestown Settlement is also nearby. It is the site of America’s first permanent English colony. And it hosts interactive replicas of the three ships that fatefully docked in Virginia in 1607, as well as both a colonial fort and Powhatan village.
Had your fill of history for the day?
Wine, beer, and whiskey aficionados will love the city’s “Tasting Trail.” There you will find a variety of microbreweries, distilleries, and wineries. Take a tour and enjoy samples to wind down.