Williamsburg, VA
Virginia
By Jasmine McGee

Stumped on where to go for summer vacation? Well, look no further than the Greater Williamsburg, Virginia region. Home to Busch Gardens and Water Country USA, this city is the hub of family fun and entertainment. Not only is Greater Williamsburg known for it’s attractions, but it’s also home to some of the nation’s greatest colonial history.

Williamsburg is nestled between Richmond, Virginia and Virginia Beach, Virginia, so you have a few airport options to select from when visiting the area. Located 20 minutes from downtown Williamsburg is Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF). Click here (http://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php) and book your flight today using WhatsCheaper.com’s flight finder. If you’re looking for more flight options, you can also try booking a flight at Norfolk International Airport Airport (ORF) and Richmond International Airport (RIC). However, both are 50 minutes away, so unless you plan on visiting the beach and Richmond, then book your flight at PHF. Once you’ve booked your flight, click here (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to begin searching for your accommodations.

The area surrounding Williamsburg includes Jamestown and Yorktown. This area is known as America’s historical triangle, especially since it’s a region rich with civil war and colonial history. Start off by experiencing Colonial Williamsburg. This tourist attraction includes 35 exhibition sites, 15 site tours (several are guided,) and 16 unique trade shops with one-of-a-kind antiques. This area of Williamsburg also includes art museums that house Colonial art and folk art, as well as historic buildings that are living history that give a glimpse into life during the 1700s.  Bassett Hall is a popular building that tourists like to visit. It was the home of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller Jr.

Some historical points of interests in Williamsburg include: The Confederate Monument, Binn’s Fashion Shop, Bruton Parish Church, Redoubt Park, and the Public Hospital (Eastern Lunatic Asylum.) Of course, the Public Hospital is no longer a functioning asylum; it’s now the De Witt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Yet it was the first insane asylum in the country, so it’s surely an important point of interest in American medical history.

Before you get to the high-octane fun of Busch Gardens and Water Country USA, you might as well check out the history of Yorktown. This town held great importance during the Revolutionary War; it was the site of a huge battle that changed the course of history. It was in this very town that George Washington trapped British General Cornwallis and forced his surrender. This act of surrender helped Americans get on the right path to winning the Revolutionary War. So be sure to learn some of the town’s history, snap some great pictures of the town, and also stop by the Yorktown Waterfront. The town of Yorktown not only has a beautiful waterfront, but it even has a cave that can be viewed on tours offered by the National Park Service. The Cornwallis’ Cave isn’t open to the public, but during the Civil War it was used to house powder magazines for the armies. Other points of interests in Yorktown include the Confederate Cemetery, Grace Church, Dudley Digges House, and Moore House.

Another strategic point of interest during the Civil War was Jamestown. Overlooking the James River, Jamestown allowed for Confederate troops to keep an eye of their enemies coming up the river. Now, Jamestown serves a tourist attraction and a town with great history. While in Jamestown, you should visit The Berkeley Plantation House. Located on the Berkeley Plantation, this house was the birthplace of the famous military song “Taps.” The song is still used today during different flag ceremonies, and the history of the house is preserved as a Civil War museum. After you’ve seen the plantation, you should conclude your visit to Jamestown by visiting the following points of interest: Lee Hall Mansion, Sherwood Forest, and Slabtown.

After you’ve immersed yourself in history, you’ll want to truly experience the best attraction Williamsburg has to offer; Busch Gardens. At Busch Gardens and Water Country USA you can enjoy roller coasters, family attractions, and exciting events. Check out their newest ride, Verbolten, and then head over to Water Country USA for hours of fun on water themed rides.

WhatsCheaper.com highly recommends visiting Williamsburg for a perfect summer vacation filled with American history and non-stop fun at one of the best theme parks in the country. To learn more information please visit their website (www.visitwilliamsburg.com).

MUST SEE IN Williamsburg, VA LIST:

  • 1. Colonial Williamsburg
  • 2. Busch Gardens
  • 3. Jamestown Settlement
  • 4. Yorktown Battlefield
  • 5. Governor's Palace
  • 6. Water Country USA
  • 7. Kingsmill Golf Course
  • 8. Freedom Park
  • 9. Ripley's Believe It or Not!
  • 10. Public Hospital Museum

Williamsburg, VA EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Garden Symposium - March
  • 2. Historic Garden Week - April
  • 3. Art on the Square - April
  • 4. Jamestown Landing Day - May
  • 5. Festival Williamsburg - May
  • 6. Williamsburg Scottish Festival - September
  • 7. Yorktown Victory Weekend - October
  • 8. First Thanksgiving Festival - November
  • 9. Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia - November
  • 10. Williamsburg Grand Illumination - December

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Hilton Garden Inn Williamsburg
1624 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA
By D. Gregory Perrin

Colonial Williamsburg is a wonderful vacation spot to learn about early America. While on your vacation in this destination, WhatsCheaper.com recommends booking your hotel reservations at the Hilton Garden Inn®. The HGI is located just 15 miles from the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport and 37 miles from the Richmond International Airport. This hotel is located just to the north of the city near Kiwanis Municipal Park. Upon arrival, guests of the hotel have complimentary parking available during their stay. Check-in at the hotel begins at 3 p.m. or after on the day of arrival into Williamsburg.

The rooms of the hotel have one king size, two queen size or two double beds depending on the size needs of your party. One bedroom suites are also available with your choice of either one king or two queen beds. There is a color television available in each room with cable package including HBO®. The HGI offers complimentary high speed wireless internet in each room so guests can search for attractions while in the city. Guests can keep food or drinks cold in the room’s mini refrigerator or warm up food in the microwave.
Other amenities of the hotel include a fitness center for guests to work out, and an indoor pool for relaxation. Also, the hotel offers the Great American Grille® for food options.

The Hilton Garden Inn® is just the hotel for you while traveling in Williamsburg, Virginia. Vacationers can wake up in the morning at their leisure or by a wakeup call from the front desk. Check out is at 12 p.m. on the day of departure from your stay. WhatsCheaper.com can assist with book your reservations here at this hotel; just click here (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to start your search.

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