We are travelling from Florida to Williamsburg,VA where we will be staying from 06-15-08 until 06-22-08. We will take day trips to DC and Philadelphia,PA during our stay.
Please suggest MUST SEE attractions for these locations. We plan to visit the obvious places, i.e. Smithsonian, Library of Congress, the Mint, Elfreth's Alley Museum(?),Mt Vernon(?).
Other suggestions, PLEASE.
You might also consider visiting Charlottesville, Virginia. Thomas Jefferson's Monticello is nearby. They also have an interesting restaurant, the Michie Tavern, (not a bar), that serves a "colonial" era meal, (they are only open around lunchtime),that is actually quite good. The University of Virginia is also located there. Gary
Thank you, Gary. I appreciate any suggestions. Let me know if you think of anything else. We will be leaving FL on the 13th of this month.
If you do visit Charlottesville, you will be within 30 or so miles of the southern entrance to Shenandoah National Park. It is quite a pretty area. You might wish to take a look at: www.nps.gov/shen. At the northern end of the park you are actually pretty close to the Washington DC area. A good general information web site for things to do in the different areas you'll be visiting: www.whatsonwhen.com. This site may keep you from having to visit multiple sites. They sometimes list fairs, etc, that local tourism sites manage to miss. Gary
I don't know if this would be "historical overkill", but there are several plantation homes you can visit between Willimsburg and Richmond that are located along the James River. The Shirley Plantation belongs to the family of Robert E. Lee's mother. The Sherwood Forest Plantation was a home of John Tyler. William Henry Harrison lived at the Berkely Plantation. The Evelynton and Westover homes are also in this area. A good website that covers them all: www.jamesriverplantations.org. Gary
Thanks again, Gary. This is GREAT information. I love "historical sites" but my husband, not so much, so I'll have to balance it out with other things. I'll check out the website for the plantations. I did get him to visit some plantation sites around New Orleans (before Katrina) and I think it surprised even him that he was interested in the tours.
For Virginia lighthouses: www.lighthousefriends.com/va.html. There is also the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center: www.vmsm.com. There is also the Assateague Island National Seashore. Gary
The Assateague/Chincoteague area is also famous for its population of Chincoteague ponies. Gary
All of the Virginia tips you have gotten are great. I am just chiming in to let you know that Philadelphia is NOT within "day trip" distance of Williamsburg, by a long shot--it's a good 5-hour drive each way. (Washington DC is not very close either, about 2.5 hours, so a day trip would be pretty exhausting.) If you want to visit Philly, you will have to stay at least one night--which is not a bad thing, since it's a great city.
Thanks, I'm beginning to realize that but I have to convince my husband.
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