Scenic USA - Virginia

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national parks found throughout the United States. Each photo feature is coupled with a brief explanation.
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Colonial Parkway

James River and James Island

Photo by Dan Kehlenbach
Dan Kehlenbach Photography

A pleasant 23 mile drive connects America's oldest permanent English settlement and the site of the last major battle of the Revolutionary War. Virginia's Colonial Parkway offers peaceful views of the York and James rivers, plus occasional glimpses of local bald eagles and ospreys.
The byway, spanning 170 years of early American history, treats visitors to historic Jamestown and the James Fort excavation. This view captures the James River and James Island bathed in the early morning sun. Here, the Virginia Company planted its first roots where a deep river channel allowed easy access to the island. Despite the humid, hot summers, blustery winters, typhoid and dysentery, these first colonists eked out an existence.
Heading eastward and leaving the James River, the byway leads to Colonial Williamsburg were visitors can return to the 18th century. This historic city has the look, feel and character of early colonial life.
Leaving Williamsburg, the parkway heads across the peninsula toward the York River and Yorktown. Victory Center houses both exterior and interior exhibits. The recently restored Continental Army encampment comes to life with costumed interpreters. The York National Cemetery is found nearby, containing 1,596 marked graves, and 1,436 remain unknown.



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