Experience four seasons of fun in America’s Historic Triangle, where a year-round vacation package allows visitors to take part in engaging living-history programs and special events and exhibitions in 2011 that bring fresh perspectives to stories of the nation’s beginnings – the 1607 founding at Jamestowne of the first permanent English colony, Revolutionary times in Williamsburg, and the securing of independence at Yorktown in 1781.
The America’s Historic Triangle vacation package/ticket features unlimited admission to three premier living-history museums – Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center – and two National Park sites – Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield – and modern-day accommodations for up to seven days.
DEPARTURE FROM WASHINGTON D.C. to COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG (WD)
We will start our tour from Washington D.C. and on route to Historic Jamestowne, the site of America’s first permanent English settlement, offers a wealth of activities, from witnessing archaeology-in-action at the 1607 James Fort excavation and touring the Archaearium museum to exploring the Glasshouse with costumed glassblowers demonstrating one of America’s first industries. Visitors can walk through the original 17th-century church tower, take a tour through the historic town site to see representations of many of the buildings that once stood there, tour the Visitor Center with exhibits and a multimedia presentation, shop in our two museum stores, filled with unique finds, and dine on the banks of the James River in the new Dale House Café. Spend the afternoon at Jamestown Settlement a living-history museum of 17th-century Virginia. Expansive exhibition galleries and an introductory film, “1607: A Nation Takes Root,” trace Jamestown’s beginnings in England and the first century of the Virginia colony and describe the Powhatan Indian, English and west central African cultures that converged in 17th-century Virginia. Outdoors, historical interpreters depict 1600s life at re-creations of the colonists’ fort, three 1607 ships and a Powhatan Indian village, and at a seasonal riverfront discovery area that explores waterway transportation and commercial activities.
WILLIAMSBURG – JAMESTOWN (B)
Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area, we will discover the restored 18th-century colonial Virginia capital, where patriots ignited the cause for freedom and laid the groundwork for the creation of this great nation. The 301-acre Historic Area is comprised of 88 original buildings and hundreds of other homes, trades shops and exhibition buildings, plus other structures that have been reconstructed on their original foundations. Colonial Williamsburg’s sixth season of the highly acclaimed Revolutionary City program returns in 2011. The two-hour, outdoor dramatic presentation offers interactive stories and events each day on Duke of Gloucester Street beginning at the Capitol. Guests follow their Revolutionary-era forebears’ transition from subjects to citizens. “Revolutionary City: The Collapse of Royal Government” features the clash of wills as the Crown and Parliament attempt to rein in their unruly colonies by depicting pivotal events during 1774 to 1776. During “Revolutionary City: Citizens at War, 1776-1781,” the colonists face challenges as they create a new self-governing society against the backdrop of war. “Revolutionary City: Building a Nation” introduces guests to Nation Builders who through their Williamsburg connections helped shape their times and continue to influence American ideals today. “Get Revved!!! Revolutionary City for Families and Patriots of All Ages” gives families a primer and how to enjoy the events that take place during Revolutionary City daily. The Revolutionary City is designed to provide timeless parallels between the lives of modern Americans and corresponding 18th-century events and issues. It is a uniquely American story, presented where the events actually happened.
YORKTOWN – WASHINGTON D.C. (B)
We will start our morning in Yorktown, walk the ground where America’s independence was won in 1781 at Yorktown Battlefield. At the site of the final major clash of the American Revolution, visitors can follow in the footsteps of General Washington and walk where this historic event took place, drive the battlefield and encampment tour roads, visit the Moore House where surrender negotiations took place, see the site of the British surrender, and watch “The Siege at Yorktown” film at the National Park Service Visitor Center, which displays artifacts from the siege, including tents used by General Washington. The 1781 American Revolutionary War victory is observed annually on October 19 with town wide festivities, including patriotic ceremonies and a parade, and on October 15-16 at the Yorktown Victory Center history museum during its “Yorktown Victory Celebration” event. Visit Riverwalk Landing or the Carrot Tree for lunch. Then enjoy the afternoon at the Yorktown Victory Center. The museum chronicles America’s struggle for independence from the beginnings of colonial unrest to the formation of a new nation. A Declaration of Independence Gallery emphasizes the dramatic impact and relevance of this historic document. We will return back to Washington D.C. in the evening.
Less than 3 miles from Colonial Williamsburg, this modern hotel is under 10 miles from Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA.
All rooms offer contemporary decor and custom-designed beds, plus flat-screen TVs with premium cable channels, free WiFi, microwaves and minifridges. Suites add separate living areas with pull-out sofas.
There’s also a fitness center and indoor pool. Additional amenities include meeting rooms, a business center and parking.
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