Williamsburg, VA

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Williamsburg featuring a coastal town, sailing and heritage architecture
This historic town is filled with scenic hiking and biking trails, but is best known as the home of Colonial Williamsburg, the largest living museum in America.

At Williamsburg, see history recreated at a 301 acre (121 hectare) village with historically furnished buildings and costumed interpreters. Colonial Williamsburg is the largest outdoor living history museum in America. Step back in time at this fully operational 18th-century city. Trace the historic footsteps of people such as first president George Washington, military strategist Benedict Arnold and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson.Visit the Colonial Williamsburg Resort to shop for gifts or souvenirs, including reproduction flatware and furniture from the 18th century. Enjoy a round of golf on the resort’s course or relax with a pampering treatment at the spa. For couples seeking a romantic excursion or families looking to rest their legs, take a leisurely tour by horse-drawn carriage. Sit back and relax while learning about the Revolutionary City from a Colonial Williamsburg “citizen” who will serve as your guide. There is an admission fee to enter Colonial Williamsburg, which is open 365 days a year. Some features within the village, such as the guided tours, are included with your admission ticket.While many visit Williamsburg to learn about the past, you’ll find many other attractions and activities as well. There are dozens of hiking trails in and around the city. Visit Freedom Park and hike through the 600-acre (243-hectare) preserve passing through historic sites, forests, creeks and open green space. For a more challenging workout, head to the 52-mile (84-kilometer) paved Virginia Capital Trail. Walk, jog or cycle this scenic path across the Virginia landscape.Just outside the city is Busch Gardens, a theme park with thrill rides, animal exhibits and shows. Ride the roller coasters, which include Griffon, with its 205-foot (62-meter), 90-degree free fall. View the mysterious gray wolf at the Wolf Valley exhibit and see exotic animals at Jack Hanna’s Wild Reserve. Williamsburg Area Transport (WAT) runs trolley and bus services that stop at the city’s attractions, including Busch Gardens. There is a shuttle bus service in the Colonial Williamsburg village.

Where to stay in Williamsburg

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Williamsburg East (Busch Gardens), VA
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Williamsburg East (Busch Gardens), VA
3 out of 5
7135 Pocahontas Trl, Williamsburg, VA, 23185
The price is $94 per night from Sep 6 to Sep 7
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Williamsburg. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
3.5/5 Good! (1,423 reviews)
great staff, gross hotel
"Staff was very very nice. This was our second time staying at this hotel, 3 years apart. There was a tick and many other bugs/spiders in our room and bathroom. It smelled musty throughout the whole hotel and in our room. It was very unpleasant. There was also mold in our bathroom, since there are ..."

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Williamsburg East (Busch Gardens), VA
Hilton Vacation Club The Historic Powhatan Williamsburg
Hilton Vacation Club The Historic Powhatan Williamsburg
3.5 out of 5
3601 Ironbound Rd, Williamsburg, VA, 23188
The price is $114 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
Stay at this 3.5-star golf resort in Williamsburg. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,073 reviews)
"My overall experience was outstanding I will be returning"

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2022

Hilton Vacation Club The Historic Powhatan Williamsburg
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Williamsburg-Historic Gateway, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Williamsburg-Historic Gateway, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
515 Bypass Rd, Williamsburg, VA, 23185
Fully refundable
The price is $114 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Williamsburg. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,000 reviews)
Comfort is ok
"The comfort of the hotel is ok. Located less than 10 minutes drive from Bush Gardens and Water Country. USA I was unable to connect to wifi."

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2022

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Williamsburg-Historic Gateway, an IHG Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Marriott's Manor Club at Ford's Colony
Marriott's Manor Club at Ford's Colony
3.5 out of 5
101 Saint Andrews Dr, Williamsburg, VA, 23188
The price is $119 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this 3.5-star golf aparthotel in Williamsburg. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,124 reviews)
"It was a beautiful property, the unit was lovely and spacious, and the grounds were very well kept with a lot to do on site. I had an issue with what appeared to be mold on the ceiling in the second bedroom and in the family room. I reported it and maintenance came to fix it shortly there after."

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2022

Marriott's Manor Club at Ford's Colony
Parkside Resort By Kees Vacations
Parkside Resort By Kees Vacations
3.5 out of 5
300 Century Lane, Williamsburg, VA, 23185
Stay at this 3.5-star family-friendly condo in Williamsburg. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the family ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (490 reviews)
"Needs new pool. It was disappointing. Everything else was fine"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2022

Parkside Resort By Kees Vacations
Kings Creek Plantation
Kings Creek Plantation
3.5 out of 5
191 Cottage Cove Lane, Williamsburg, VA, 23185
Stay at this 3.5-star vacation home in Williamsburg. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (32 reviews)
"The place was great and we were very satisfied with our stay. Only issues was the bathroom drain was clogged."

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2022

Kings Creek Plantation
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Williamsburg

There are a few options to choose from when it comes to getting around Williamsburg. An extensive public bus network connects the center with the suburbs, while Colonial Williamsburg operates a shuttle service for ticket holders between its Visitor Center and nearby hotels and attractions. The Williamsburg Trolley, a vintage streetcar, is another great way to get between popular tourist areas. Visit the Williamsburg Area Transit Authority website.Browse Williamsburg rental cars.

Best time to visit

The busiest time of year in Williamsburg is the summer, when temperatures reach an average high in the mid 80s F (low 30s C), although it can be quite humid at this time of year. For more pleasant weather, smaller crowds and cheaper hotels, visit in spring or fall. Winter is also a good time to visit, as it is not too cold but the town gets into the festive spirit in the lead up to Christmas.

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