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    Williamsburg was the capital of Virginia from 1699 to 1780, and is known for the significant role it played in the American Revolution. Located in the state’s southeast region, it forms what is called the Historic Triangle together with Jamestown and Yorktown.

     

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    • Colonial Parkway, Colonial Williamsburg

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    • The Godspeed, Jamestown Island

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    • Virginia Garden Week, Colonial Williamsburg

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    • Busch Gardens

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    Its heart is Colonial Williamsburg, a historic district and living-history museum where actors in period costume depict day-to-day Colonial life in the streets, restored stores and workshops.

    Colonial Williamsburg is a pretty colonial town, which was recreated to portray life in the 1770s. This 300 acre city of taverns, trade-shops, community buildings and private homes is filled with history and charm.

    Discover Colonial Williamsburg and become a citizen of the Revolutionary City. Engage with the local community and experience first hand the daily struggles of wartime. Explore the art museums, unleash your inner spy in the latest RevQuest: Save the Revolution mission, tee off a game of golf, or relax and unwind at the spa. Stay at one of the official Colonial Williamsburg hotels, with a variety of opportunities to shop and dine.

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    • Top Tip 1

      Include at least one night staying in Shenandoah National Park because there are lots of lookout points, amphitheatre presentations (including a fabulous one about Birds of Prey) and trails to explore. Skyland Lodge makes a great selection as it has its own stables and offers horse trail rides in the warmer months.

    • Top Tip 2

      Colonial Williamsburg is a brilliantly restored 18th century town where actors, who are dressed in costumes from the era, bring the village to life. Before you travel, book a table at one of the three taverns for dinner. Its very popular, and rightly so, as everyone is in costume and you are entertained by showmen of the day, such as mandolin players and card tricksters. Williamsburg Lodge and Williamsburg Inn are the only hotels close by, located just a 5 minute walk from the town

    • Top Tip 3

      Make sure you include a visit to Luray Caverns on your itinerary, it is a must see! It's incredible that a cavern of such colossal size could be hidden deep underground - it takes almost an hour to walk through and features an underground reflecting lake.

    • Top Tip 4

      If you are visiting Middleburg, make plans to dine at The Red Fox Inn, an old tavern established in 1728 which maintains its historic charm and serves fabulous cuisine. Book ahead as it is always fully-booked!

    • Top Tip 5

      Virginia is becoming known for its fabulous quality wines. There are lots of vineyards dotted around the state, but The Boxwood Winery on the outskirts of Middleburg is one of our favourites, providing tours and sampling

    • Top Tip 6

      Downtown Charlottesville is split into two distinct sections: the town which houses shops and restaurants, and the college campus which is simply a beautiful area to walk, whilst being surrounded by ornate buildings commissioned by Thomas Jefferson. Montecello, the mountaintop home of Jefferson, is located 10 minutes out of town and an integral part of any visit to Charlottesville.

    • Top Tip 7

      If you like being out on the water, why not hire a kayak from Virginia Beach and head out searching for the wild native dolphins.

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