Williamsburg

For other places with the same name, see Williamsburg (disambiguation).

Williamsburg is a city in southeast Virginia. Settled in 1632, it was the capital of Virginia from 1699 to 1779 and in 1926, John D. Rockefeller Jr commissioned a restoration project to bring Williamsburg back to its former colonial glory. During this period, 700 modern homes were demolished, colonial buildings were renovated, and more than 400 buildings were reconstructed on their original foundations. Today, the Colonial Williamsburg district in the center of town is a popular tourist center and people visit in droves to immerse themselves in the nation's colonial history.

Get in

By plane

The main airport servicing Williamsburg is Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (IATA: PHF), in Newport News. This airport is serviced by Delta and American Eagle.

Williamsburg is also located within one hour's drive (via I-64) of both Richmond International Airport (IATA: RIC), in Richmond, and Norfolk International Airport (IATA: ORF) in Norfolk. Both airports offer a wider range of airlines and more competition, which may result in lower ticket prices.

For civil aviators, Williamsburg has its own small airport just outside of town, Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport (IATA: JGG).

By train

Williamsburg Amtrak Station is located just north of the central district at 468 North Boundary Street. Amtrak trains run to Richmond, Washington DC, New York City and Boston via the Northeast Regional line.

By car

Williamsburg is easily accessed by car with Interstate-64 running northeast to Richmond and southwest to Newport News, Hampton, Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

For a more scenic view, VA State Route 5 from Richmond runs along the James River past many of the fabled James River Plantations. US Route 60 and VA State Route 143 parallel I-64 for much of its length east and west of Williamsburg and are alternative routes into the city.

Get around

Public transportation is limited to Oleta Coach Lines and the Williamsburg Area Transportation (WAT) buses. They stop at the transportation center (the Amtrak station), the visitors center, and various spots throughout the town. They mostly are meant to serve the community, but the Yellow line goes to Busch Gardens and Water Country USA.

Most people get around by car. Recently, construction projects to widen Richmond road has created constant traffic jams.

The intersection of Richmond Road, Boundary Street, Jamestown Road, and Duke of Gloucester Street (non-vehicular, but with many pedestrians) near Colonial Williamsburg and the historic district is the most notorious (and confusing) feature of Williamsburg driving. Dubbed by locals as Confusion Corner, right-of-way confusion can result in accidents or close calls. For tourists in this area, traffic heading west on Jamestown Road and east on Richmond Road toward Boundary Street and have right of way; all other traffic must stop or yield. This intersection is at the corner of the College of William and Mary's campus, so be alert for pedestrians in this area.

Free parking in the restored area is difficult to find, and is generally limited to two hours. Colonial Williamsburg offers hourly and daily parking in numerous short-term lots near the restored district. Parking at other shopping areas is generally free, though it can get crowded at peak seasons.

The Commonwealth of Virginia and Department of Motor Vehicles has certified local bus company Oleta Coach Lines, Inc for a bus route from The Williamsburg Transportation Center to shopping malls around The Hampton Roads area. The Williamsburg bus route runs from Williamsburg to Hampton, to Newport News then back to Williamsburg. It runs twice on Tuesdays.

See

Backpalace Williamsburg Virginia

Do

Busch Gardens Europe offers many thrills, including the floorless drop-coaster, Griffon

Buy

Williamsburg offers a good mix of shops and malls, selling arts and crafts, fashion boutiques, as well as upscale outlet malls.

Eat

There are many places to eat in Williamsburg. They are mostly located in two areas: Merchants Square and a small stretch of Richmond Road. Richmond Road contains many of the chain restaurants found all over the east coast. In Merchants Square you will find The Trellis, The Blue Talon, The Cheese Shop, The Fat Canary, Lenny's, and Aromas, among others. The Trellis and Blue Talon are popular places for more expensive gourmet cuisine. The Cheese Shop, Lenny's and Aromas are best for lunch and they are also well worth visiting. The Gazebo, on Bypass Road, is a great place for breakfast. Colonial Williamsburg has a few taverns where historically costumed staff serve colonial fare. They are good places to eat and a must-visit for any Williamsburg tourist. Just be warned that most restaurants and shops close at 8PM. Additional options can be found within the historic district in Colonial Williamsburg.

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Drink

There are three bars, called the delis, which are conveniently all located at the intersection of Richmond Road and Scotland Street.

Sleep

Additional lodging options can be found in Colonial Williamsburg that offer benefits for guests visiting the historic district.

Go next

Routes through Williamsburg

Washington, D.C. Richmond  N  S  Newport News END
Charlottesville Richmond  W  E  Newport News Norfolk
Amherst Richmond  W  E  Newport News Norfolk


This article is issued from Wikivoyage - version of the Wednesday, February 03, 2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.