- Sightseeing Type
- 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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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.