Wanderlust is defined as a strong desire to travel, but here in Virginia we call that feeling WanderLove. And while travel in 2020 is a bit different thanks to COVID-19, you can still discover the endless beauty of Virginia with an epic road trip! To help you plan your next road trip vacation, we're sharing some of the Commonwealth's most scenic and adventurous itineraries, including the best outdoor adventures, points of interest, restaurants, and lodging options to add to your itinerary.
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COLONIAL PARKWAY: FROM WILLIAMSBURG TO YORKTOWN
10 miles, approximately 21 minutes from Williamsburg to Jamestown; 13 miles, approximately 23 minutes from Williamsburg to Yorktown
Using Williamsburg as your home base, branches out along the Colonial Parkway to Jamestown and then Yorktown. This is one of Virginia's most scenic coastal drives, so you won't regret taking the time to take a leisurely drive through the area to visit these iconic historic sites.
Photo Credit: Bill Crabtree Jr.
While in Jamestown, visit both Historic Jamestowne (the original site built by early colonial settlers) and the Jamestown Settlement (the museum that recreates the cultures and traditions of the early colonial settlers and the area's indigenous peoples).
In Historic Jamestown, you can see the remains of the original site where Pocahontas, John Smith and John Rolfe walked, all of which were carefully excavated by archaeologists striving to learn about the early 17th century way of life. Drive through the park's five-mile loop to get a sense of the scenery that made this area a great choice for the colonial settlers. Stop at the Glasshouse of 1608 to see live glass blowing demonstrations and learn how early settlers practiced this technique in Jamestown.
Photo Credit: Michael Lavin
The Jamestown Settlement is a must for visitors of any age, who delve deeper into the history of the early colonial settlers and the Powhatan people who lived on the coast of Virginia in the 1600s. The exhibits here use the knowledge gained by the archaeologists working at Historic Jamestowne, adding context and story to the artifacts discovered there. In addition to the history of Virginia, the museum explores the lives of the colonial settlers while they were still in England, tracing the stories that led them on their travels to the New World. Part of this aspect includes recreations of the original three ships the settlers transferred, the Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery. Climb aboard the ships and hear from costumed interpreters about their arduous journey across the Atlantic.