There are various turnouts (scenic overlooks) along the Colonial Parkway which allow you to read the informational signs, and look at the scenery. It was difficult for me to get Bob to stop at these points. In fact we did not stop at any of them, although we took the Jamestown Loop automobile trail (5 miles) where he did drive the car up to the signs so I could photograph them.
The road is meant to give you a 'colonial experience' from the car. Practically speaking, this means that there is minimal signage and NO lines on the road. You have to be able to drive on the road without the normal road markings to keep you in your lane.
Also be aware that there's NO services on this road. No food and no fuel.
I did not get a picture of the sign, but cyclists are warned that the road has open joints. They look pretty deep, although the ones parallel to the road look to be mostly in the middle.
Note that there is no cyclists path marked off.
I saw what looked like a marina from the Colonial Parkway, but I have been unable to find anything out about it.
If you want to drive on a road that has no visual pollution, this is the place. The first photo was taken in 1963. The other two were taken 40+ years later
On this road, there are no signs or other normal highway accoutrements visible. The bridges are low brick arches with round holes in them (why the round holes I don't know) which is described on the website as clad in antiquated "Virginia-style" brick laid in English and Flemish bonds and, "A labor intensive process of brooming and acid washing was used to expose the aggregate in the pavement to simulate the shell and marl roads of colonial Yorktown."
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