Why Go To Williamsburg

For such a historical town, Williamsburg is fairly new. It wasn't until the 20th century that the downtown area of this Virginia Peninsula city was restored. Now you can tread the same steps that our Founding Fathers once took – in fact, in Williamsburg, you just might even find yourself trekking alongside those men (or at least, alongside some talented, costumed interpreters acting out their parts). The area isn't a novelty, though. Instead, Williamsburg and the nearby cities of Jamestown and Yorktown are breathing monuments to some of the best-known figures of our colonial history. Patrick Henry, George Washington, John Smith, Pocahontas and more – and they all receive their due.


The U.S. News & World Report travel rankings are based on analysis of expert and user opinions.

Williamsburg is ranked as:

  • #1 in Best Places to Visit in May

  • #5 in Best Historical Cities to Visit in the USA

  • #5 in Best Family Summer Vacations

  • #6 in Best Cheap Family Vacations

  • #9 in Best Spring Vacations

  • #10 in Best Family Vacations in the USA

  • #13 in Best Places to Visit in the USA

  • #17 in Best Places to Visit in the USA

  • #19 in Best Weekend Getaways

Best Things To Do In Williamsburg


For an American history lesson unlike any other, you've come to the right place. This town prides itself on its living history museums, which include Colonial Williamsburg and the cluster of sites around Jamestown. When you need a break from the past, plan a visit to the area's Busch Gardens or Water Country USA.

Williamsburg Travel Tips

  • Give yourself time - There are a surprising amount of things to do in this small town and you won't want to rush your history lessons or amusement park fun.

  • Ask questions - The interpreters are extremely knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions about Colonial Williamsburg and its origins.

  • Engage the kids - Get your family excited about visiting Williamsburg with games and activities from the Colonial Williamsburg website.

  • Buy a combo pass - Several attractions in this city have steep daily admission fees. However, if you're in town for a few days, you should buy a combo pack so you can visit multiple historical sites and amusement parks – and save some coin.

  • Skip the summer visit - Williamsburg can get packed when schools are out during the summer. Consider visiting in the fall, winter or early spring to avoid the hordes of families with kids.

  • Ride the ferry - The Jamestown Ferry is free to ride, a hit with kids and gives you a great vantage point of the shoreline from the James River. The ferry travels between Jamestown and Scotland, on the southern riverbank.

*SOURCE: Information From This Page Can Be Found at U.S. News & World Report