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Yorktown

4.5
Battlefields · Scenic Drive · Beaches

Popular things to do in Yorktown

Scenic Drive
Colonial Parkway
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Battlefield
Yorktown Battlefield
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Battlefield
American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Boat Tour
Boat Tours & Water Sports
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Yorktown is a census-designated place (CDP) in York County, Virginia, United States. It is the county seat of York County, one of the eight original shires formed in colonial Virginia in 1682. Yorktown's population was 195 as of the 2010 census, while York County's population was 66,134 in the 2011 census estimate.The town is most famous as the site of the siege and subsequent surrender of General Charles Cornwallis to General George Washington and the French Fleet during the American Revolutionary War on October 19, 1781. Although the war would last for another year, this British defeat at Yorktown effectively ended the war. Yorktown also figured prominently in the American Civil War (1861–1865), serving as a major port to supply both northern and southern towns, depending upon who held Yorktown at the time.Today, Yorktown is one of three sites of the Historic Triangle, which also includes Jamestown and Williamsburg as important colonial-era settlements. It is the eastern terminus of the Colonial Parkway connecting these locations. Yorktown is also the eastern terminus of the TransAmerica Trail, a bicycle touring route created by the Adventure Cycling Association. Take the guesswork out of planning a United States vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Side trips from Yorktown

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Bridge
Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel Cape Charles
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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State Park
Chippokes Plantation State Park Surry
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Religious Site
Historic Christ Church Irvington
4.9
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Yorktown

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Cemetery
Yorktown National Cemetery
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Landmark
The Gallery at York Hall
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Religious Site
Grace Episcopal Church
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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History Museum
The Watermen's Museum
4.1
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Yorktown

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Historic Site
Moore House
4.3
Duration: 30 minutes
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Battlefield
Nelson House
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes

Nature in Yorktown

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National Park
Colonial National Historical Park
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min

Museums in Yorktown

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History Museum
York County Historical Museum
3.8
Duration: 30 minutes

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