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This route follows the progress of Virginia's Colonial settlers in 1607 from Jamestown to Williamsburg, and then through the great tobacco plantations they built along the state's great tidal rivers to Fredericksburg and Alexandria.

Days 1, 2 & 3: Williamsburg, Jamestown & Yorktown

As noted in the Grand Tour, above, you must hurry to see the Historic Triangle in 2 days, and you'll be busy even with 3 days on your hands. Spend two of them in the beautifully restored Colonial Williamsburg, the other visiting the original settlement at Jamestown and the great battlefield at Yorktown, where Lord Cornwallis surrendered to George Washington.

Day 4: The James River Plantations

This morning you can tour Berkeley and Shirley, two of the great James River plantations on Va. 5 between Williamsburg and Richmond. Then head up I-295 and I-95 to Fredericksburg.

Day 5: Fredericksburg

You can spend a leisurely day on the Fredericksburg streets tread by George Washington, Robert E. Lee, James Monroe, and Thomas Jefferson.

Days 6 & 7: Mount Vernon & Alexandria

Take I-95 north from Fredericksburg to Woodbridge, and then U.S. 1 north and Va. 235 east to Mount Vernon, Washington's magnificent plantation. It and perhaps one more Potomac plantation will take up the rest of the day. Retire to Old Town Alexandria via the scenic George Washington Memorial Parkway. Spend your last day exploring Old Town.

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