Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown

Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown Itineraries

Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown in 48 Hours

History comes to life in Virginia's Historic Triangle

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Virginia’s Historic Triangle–Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown–is where America took root. Colonial Williamsburg depicts the Virginia capital on the eve of the American Revolution.  Yorktown Battlefield marks the site of the last major battle of the Revolutionary War. Feel the fury of that siege by watching a 4-D video of the confrontation at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. The facility provides insights on the war. The historic plantations along the James River showcase how the old world gentry lived in the New World.

Come for the region’s history but stay longer to enjoy such modern-day pleasures as wineries, resorts and theme parks.


Allow time for both Williamsburgs: Colonial Williamsburg as well as the Greater Williamsburg area.  In Colonial Williamsburg, see 18th century life as the colonists did. Talk to the apothecary, visit the wigmaker and take part in military drills. At the historic area’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum admire 18th century furniture and at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum browse one of the foremost collections of folk art in the U.S.

In contemporary Williamsburg, follow the brew trail for craft beers, sample vintages at the Williamsburg Winery and dine on tasty fare at cafes and restaurants. Browse for bargains at the Williamsburg Premium Outlets, challenge yourself at nearby golf courses, enjoy shows and thrill rides at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and get soaked at Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg’s mega indoor water park.


At Historic Jamestowne, the site of the original 1607 Jamestown settlement, see where the first colonists came ashore and discover the footprint of their fort and other formerly lost secrets unearthed by archaeologists. At Jamestown Settlement, replicas of the pioneers’ three ships fill in details of the arduous journey and the re-created Powhatan village provides a sense of the people already living in the region.


The gem of Yorktown, the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, officially opened in spring 2017. Through interactive exhibits, artifacts and immersive video the museum details battles, delivers the voices of the common people and details the Revolution’s long game—the melding of the disparate colonies into a new nation. At the outdoor Continental Army Encampment, find out about soldiers’ lives and assist with firing a canon. At the Yorktown Battlefield, part of Virginia’s Colonial National Historical Park, walk, bike or drive through the site of the decisive Revolutionary War battle.

At the Riverwalk Landing, find contemporary Yorktown, a place with shops, eateries, and entertainment. In season, board sailing schooners for a cruise that glides by historic sites or venture aboard with kids for a pirate ship cruise.

James River Plantations

Explore colonial life from a different point of view by touring some of the historic plantations along the James River. Shirley Plantation, founded in 1613 and Berkeley Plantation, whose current manor house dates to 1726, serve as grand dames, providing glimpses into the pomp and pleasures of a life grown prosperous in the New World.

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What it Costs

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Prices often fluctuate dynamically depending on capacity, seasonality and deals. We don’t want to lead you astray by quoting exact prices that quickly become wrong. To give you a rough idea for budgetary planning purposes, though, we have indicated general price ranges for all points of interest.

Price ranges are quoted in $US.

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$ => $1-15 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)
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$$$ => $41 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)

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$ => Tickets less than $10 per person
$$ => Tickets $11-25 per person
$$ => Tickets $26 per person


The Historic Triangle has an excellent system of public transit available to visitors free or at very low cost.

The National Park Service provides free bus service daily from mid – March to Nov. 1 along several routes. The Historic Triangle Shuttle runs from the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center to Jamestown and Yorktown, down the Colonial Parkway. The Jamestown bus stops at both Historic Jamestowne and the Jamestown Settlement. The Yorktown bus stops at both the Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center and the Yorktown Victory Center.

Once at Jamestown, visitors can ride the free Jamestown Area Shuttle, with continuous service between Historic Jamestowne, the Glasshouse, Jamestown Settlement and the Jamestown Information Station parking area. Yorktown visitors can board the free Yorktown Trolley for service between the Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center and the Yorktown Victory Center, with several stops in the historic village, including Riverwalk Landing. Service on all these lines is generally 9 am to 5 pm, but check for current schedules.

The air conditioned, handicapped accessible Williamsburg Trolleys, operated by Williamsburg Area Transit, run from Merchants Square to Williamsburg Shopping Center, High Street, and New Town, with stops at the College of William and Mary.

Williamsburg Area Transit (WAT) also runs buses on regular routes with stops at various area hotels and shopping centers, connecting with Colonial Williamsburg, the Williamsburg Outlet Mall, Lee Hall in Newport News, and many other area attractions, including one route that crosses to Surry County aboard the free ferry.

Getting There

By Air

Newport News – Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) is the closest airport to the Historic Triangle. The field was formerly part of the U.S. Army’s Camp Patrick Henry, a staging area for troops shipping out to Europe during World War II.

Other nearby airports include Norfolk International Airport (ORF) between Norfolk and Virginia Beach, and
Richmond International Airport (RIC). In addition to the airports within the Tidewater region, many visitors arrive via Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) in the metropolitan Washington area (www.metwashairports.com). Another option is Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI), with connections to Amtrak train service via free shuttles from the airport terminal to the BWI Marshall Rail Station.

By Bus
Greyhound Bus Service (800-231-2222; www.greyhound.com) is available throughout the region, with service from Richmond (804-254-5910) to Petersburg (804-732-2905), Williamsburg (757-229-1460), Hampton (757-722-9861), Newport News (757-872-4405), Norfolk (757-625-7500), Suffolk (757-539-6937), and Virginia Beach (757-422-2998), connecting with points throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Another route travels up the Delmarva Peninsula to Wilmington, DE and points north.

By Train
Amtrak (800-872-7245; www.amtrak.com), the nation’s railroad service, provides access to many destinations in the Tidewater. The Northeast Regional Route runs from Boston (BOS), New York City (NYP), BWI Airport (BWI), and Washington, DC (WAS), to Newport News (NPN), with stops at Williamsburg (WBG). Amtrak Vacations offer package tours to Williamsburg that include accommodations, passes to Colonial Williamsburg, and round trip rail travel.


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