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Along with the nearby towns of Jamestown and Yorktown, Williamsburg forms part of Virginia’s famed Historic Triangle, which has historical significance dating back to the United States’ colonial era and has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country.
At the town’s center is Colonial Williamsburg, which has a number of historical attractions, an 18th-century-style tavern, shops and more. Our Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend stopping by the Governor’s Palace, the former home of the Colony of Virginia’s Royal Governors, as well as the Great Hopes Plantation, which shows the ways in which slaves lived and were treated during the Civil War.
Though it has largely been restored, Colonial Williamsburg stretches over 300 acres and remains the country’s closest representation of a colonial-era American city.