- This is a beautiful 23 mile shady drive between Jamestown National Historic Site and Yorktown Battlefield. The drive also travels just behind Williamsburg, offering an exit if you desire. It is a great connector route for the Historical Triangle of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown but also a very pleasant experience and a nice break from the busy tourist areas.
Recreation - Williamsburg, a city that looks much like it did back in the 1700's, is an English settlement that Colonists founded in 1633. Today, more than 80 original homes and buildings have been restored. Also, more than 400 structures have been reconstructed on their original foundations. Yorktown Battlefield is the site of where Lord Cornwallis surrendered to General George Washington in the last major battle of the Revolutionary War. And Jamestown is the site of the first permanent English settlement in America. Chippokes State Park is just across the river from Jamestown offering overnight accommodations. Busch Gardens and Water Country are a few exits southeast on I-64.
Climate - Virginia generally has mild winters and warm humid summers. The eastern portion of the state has winter temperatures averaging above 36 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius). The state's summer temperatures have little variation. The eastern portion of Virginia generally experiences temperatures above 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius). High humidity along with warm temperatures can be uncomfortable.
The Parkway may be accessed from Interstate 64 in southeastern Virginia. Signage is excellent. It is about midway between Norfolk and Richmond. It may also be accessed off Rt. 5 near Jamestown or Rt. 17 near Yorktown.