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Drive or bike The Colonial Parkway for picturesque scenery and a glimpse into the 17th century. Start your day stepping back in time with a living history tour of the Jamestown Settlement, America’s first permanent English colony.
Explore Jamestown’s famous re-created historic sites, including the fort, a Powhatan Indian village, and three ships that survived the journey from England. Children will love participating in period activities such as military drills, gardening, and log canoe making.
When you’re ready for lunch, hop back on Colonial Parkway and head toward Colonial Williamsburg. With over 40 18th century styled shops, restaurants, and a theater, there’s something for everyone at Merchants Square on Duke of Gloucester Street.
Yorktown is the last stop on the parkway and a perfect place for sunset dining overlooking the river. Consider Riverwalk Landing for a wide variety of local restaurants and quaint shops. A nearby pedestrian trail can walk you through America’s independence story from Yorktown Battlefield to the Yorktown Victory Center.
While traveling Colonial Parkway you’ll enjoy nature, experience hands-on history, eat great food, and find unique souvenirs. Keep in mind, the best time to visit the parkway is during the fall and winter when the weather is cool and the seasonal holiday festivities are underway.