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Williamsburg

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Welcome to Williamsburg, VA

Williamsburg was the capital of Virginia from 1699 to 1780, after Jamestown and before Richmond. Williamsburg hasn't been politically important for a long time, but now that Colonial Williamsburg is there to represent it in its era of glory, it's a jewel of the commonwealth. Outside the restored area is a modern city with plenty of dining and lodging options and attractions, including outlet shops and a large water park. But the main draw is still time-traveling into a time of tricornered hats.Colonial Williamsburg sells a number of all-inclusive tickets that cost more than a $34 one-day pass. The Freedom Pass ($59) allows you to visit for one full year. The Independence Pass ($72), also valid for a year, includes all the benefits of the Freedom Pass as well as admission to all special events and special discounts. Explore

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Founding America

Plan at least a day in Colonial Williamsburg, re-created capital of Virginia. Actors, musicians and craftspeople in period costume reenact history.

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English Landings

Historic Jamestowne, home of the first permanent English settlement on the continent, blends Indian and settler history in its expansive museum and archaeological sites.

English Landings

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Folk Artistry

Meet everyday artists of the 18th century at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, and see their unique paintings, sculpture and quilts.

Folk Artistry

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Europe Up and Down

Ride the roller coasters and taste some Bavarian or Italian treats at Busch Gardens. If it gets too hot, try a live performance in an air-conditioned theater.

Europe Up and Down

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Don't Tell the Pilgrims

Some say Berkeley Plantation hosted the first Thanksgiving. Tour the home - which survived the Revolutionary War and the Civil War - where "Taps" was composed.

Don't Tell the Pilgrims

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