Williamsburg, Virginia is a historic colonial town that played an important role in the founding of the United States of America. Located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., it is a prime tourist destination for students of American history and families rediscovering the national pride of their country’s founding fathers.
Williamsburg can be accessed through three airports. The Richmond International Airport and the Norfolk International Airport are both less than an hour away from Williamsburg. The nearest airport is the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, which is less than half an hour away from the former capital of Virginia. Shuttle services from the airport to Williamsburg are available. If you are staying at a hotel or lodge in Williamsburg, check beforehand if they provide shuttle service for their guests. Buses and trains also pass through Williamsburg from Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.
The historic town began its restorations in the 1920s. To date, there are more than 500 historic buildings, parks and houses restored to their colonial glory. Most of the houses feature authentic antiques or reproductions.
Tourists are treated to various exhibits, shows, plays, musicals, and themed tours across Williamsburg. The University of Virginia offers lectures and seminars on the state’s colonial past.
For a complete Williamsburg experience, tourists are invited to stay at the many bed and breakfast inns, lodges, and colonial houses that feature colonial structures and design. Most of these are included in tour packages. Check with your travel agent for the coverage of your tour package. Some of these accommodations offer free full breakfasts. And some can accommodate special arrangements for groups and families or couples.
Williamsburg is located next to many equally important historic towns and cities. But if you want to take a break from the colonial historic tours, try the many restaurants and shopping centers in Williamsburg and the nearby theme parks.