Colonial Parkway

One of the best Capital Region road trips, this 23-mile scenic drive in Virginia journeys through 400 years of colonial American history.

Jamestown Settlement, Virginia
Interactive fun with reenactors, Jamestown Settlement, Virginia
Colonial Williamsburg, a living history museum, Virginia
Fun in a garden maze, Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia
Jamestown Settlement, Virginia

Historic Jamestowne

Historic Jamestowne offers a wealth of activities for exploring the first permanent English settlement in North America. Visitors can share the moment of discovery with archaeologists at the 1607 James Fort excavation; tour the original 17th-century church tower and reconstructed Memorial Church, take a walking tour with a park ranger through the original settlement along the James River, watch glassblowing at the Glasshouse and see an exhibit of artifacts in the Archaearium.

Jamestown Settlement

At Jamestown Settlement, you'll find a museum of 17th-century Virginia history exploring America’s first permanent English colony through film, galleries and living history in outdoor re-creations of a Powhatan Indian village, three English ships, colonial fort and seasonal riverfront discovery area. Guided tours are offered daily.

Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg, the nation’s largest living history museum, consists of 301 acres encompassing 88 original buildings and hundreds of other homes, shops and public buildings. Visitors can enjoy 18th-century style dining in Colonial Williamsburg's four dining taverns — Chowning's, Christiana Campbell's, Shields and King's Arms. Guest accommodations are available in Colonial Williamsburg's Resorts, including the world-class Williamsburg Inn, the Colonial Houses, the Williamsburg Lodge, Woodlands Hotel & Suites and the Governor's Inn.

Yorktown Battlefield

Now part of Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown Battlefield was the site of the last major battle of the American Revolution. The visitor centre houses museum exhibits including George Washington’s original tents from the battle. A driving tour affords visitors a look at the battlefields, fortifications, cannon and historic buildings.

Yorktown Victory Center

The Yorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution, chronicles America’s struggle for independence, from the beginnings of colonial unrest to the formation of the new nation.

Planning a road trip through America? Cruise down the top 10 scenic byways in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC. To explore more American history, discover the many Civil War sites in and around Washington, DC

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