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With so many spots devoted to Colonial and Revolutionary history in the Williamsburg area, what makes Yorktown Battlefield so special? For starters, it's the site of the 1781 siege and surrender of British troops to General George Washington in the Revolutionary War. And second, it completes the "Historic Triangle" of southeastern Virginia's colonial sites, which also include Jamestown and Williamsburg.

But before you visit, a word to the wise, thanks to a healthy majority of recent tourists: If you're looking for a brief overview of Yorktown, just visit the Yorktown Victory Center at Jamestown. There you can witness a re-enactment of this monumental war and surrender. However, if you want to actually tread the paths of Revolutionary soldiers, then you should visit the cannons and still-dug trenches of the battleground. Just know that Yorktown is about 15 miles southeast of the central Williamsburg area; Jamestown is only about 8 miles away.

Yorktown Battlefield is open from sunrise to sunset. The visitors center stays open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day besides Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Expect to pay $7 to enter the park. Visit Yorktown's official page on the National Park Service site for further details.

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#1 Colonial Williamsburg According to many, this site is like a Disney theme park for history fanatics. Plus, Colonial Williamsburg's appeal isn't just for kids but also for anyone who feels ... Read more » The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

#2 Water Country USA If you can stand the large crowds, you should be more than pleased with Water Country USA, say several recent parkgoers. Some of Water Country's popular attractions include Surfer ... Read more » Courtesy Water Country USA

#3 Jamestown You've probably heard the legends of the settlers that first arrived in the spring of 1607; of Captain John Smith's leadership; of Pocahontas' role in smoothing relations between ... Read more » Tony the Misfit / Flickr

#4 Busch Gardens One of the real perks of this theme park, located southeast of Williamsburg, is that it truly does have something for all ages to enjoy. And that's not just ... Read more » Courtesy Busch Gardens in Williamsburg

#5 Jamestown Glasshouse According to the National Park Service, "one of the first English attempts at industrialization and manufacturing in America was glassblowing." This replica of a colonial glasshouse allows visitors to get ... Read more » fotohalo / Getty Images

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#7 Williamsburg Winery Though this winery is only 4 miles south of central Williamsburg, travelers describe it as a decent daytrip and a break from the numerous historical sites in town. The 320-acre ... Read more » Courtesy Williamsburg Winery

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"Interpreters," donning period dress, bring to life the ways of life of Colonial Williamsburg's residents. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

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In 1781, British forces surrendered to General George Washington in the battlefield of this town, which is about a 25-minute drive away from central Williamsburg. aimintag / Getty Images

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