We arrived in Williamsburg, VA. We have been here several times before and have seen most of the sights over the years. But this is one area where you need to plan more than a week to see just the major attractions. This area has four major themes. First, is naturally, Williamsburg. This is the old city pre civil war. Included in this attraction I also include trips to the outlaying plantations. Several days will be required to see it all. In fact, you could spend a week there all by itself. The old city has many different attractions. Start with a visit to the Visitor Center, to learn the background and history. Also pickup the guides and schedule. Then take the bus to Williamsburg. Williamsburg is a walk through historical district with many rebuilt homes, building and settings from its past.
Many of the areas within Williamsburg have reenactments that vary during the week and by seasons. There are many different shops and restaurants as well. Kids will enjoy the Revolutionary War Boot Camp. The whole family should take a guided tour by horse and buggy around Williamsburg. The excitement does end at dusk either. Plays, dancing and more reenactment happen after dark.
From Williamsburg you can take Colonial Drive either East or West. West will take you to Jamestown Settlement and back further in time. Jamestown has a great setup of the early days of the founding of our country. The first settlement in this area as well as how the Indians lived prior to the settlers arrival. This is an indoor and outdoor attraction and will take a good part of the day to complete.
Heading East takes you forward in time to Yorktown and the Navel attractions. Yorktown is both the old and the new. Starting with the Revolutionary War to present day US Navy. Yorktown has several great attractions to visit. Some of which are Yorktown Battlefield, Colonial National Historical Park, Victory Center and the Colonial Drive.
You are going to have to eat while here so here are two places to add to the list. First is Peking Restaurant. This is a Chinese Buffet and you will not be disappointed. Second is Captain Georges Seafood Buffet, This has been a favorite for years. Although the prices have gone up ($36 a person), you will not regret a visit here. Sunday from 1-4 PM is early bird special only $27 per person.
I hope you take some time to come visit this wonder area. It will be worth the time.