The international globetrotting magazine Travel + Leisure has published a list of the best places to travel to in July and lucky for Williamsburg residents, they’re already in one of them.
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The magazine published a story April 23 by Patricia Doherty of some of the best places to travel to in July, featuring Lake Geneva in Switzerland, Trencin, Slovakia and thirdly Williamsburg.
“Being listed as one of the best places to travel this summer by Travel + Leisure allows us to showcase our destination and all it has to offer,” said Dave Potter, director of marketing communications for the Williamsburg Tourism Council “We are extremely lucky to live in a destination that not only offers history but beautiful topography and unexpected experiences all year round.”
The main draw to the area is the Independence Day celebrations in Williamsburg, with Doherty suggesting visitors attend the annual reading of the Declaration of Independence at the Capitol West Balcony and finish the day with the evening’s fireworks.
Additionally, the story mentions all of the points of the Historic Triangle, with ideas for family-friendly travel fun.
At Yorktown, the magazine suggests heading over to the American History Museum to hear about the birth of the nation through artifacts, interactive exhibits and other activities.
The Jamestown Settlement is suggested in relation to the 2019 Commemoration events, which celebrates 400 years of historic events at the site. In the story, Jamestown is noted as being the commemorative location of America’s first permanent English colony, with mentions of the re-created ship that sailed from England in 1607, a life-sized colonists’ fort, and colonial interpreters.
“We’re pleased to have Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown listed with other Greater Williamsburg attractions as places to visit throughout the year, including patriotic events like the Fourth of July that celebrate our nation’s independence,” said Tracey Perkins, spokeswoman for the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.
This is not the first time this year Williamsburg and the historic area have been recognized for its travel opportunities. In January, Williamsburg was named Virginia’s best attraction by USA Today.
The publication also featured Williamsburg in a contest for Best Historic Small Town, competing for the top spot along with 20 other cities across the nation. Voting for the contest closed Monday and the results will be announced May 17.
In March, the New York Times placed Williamsburg 12th on its list of 52 Places to Go in 2019.
“We find that when our destination is recognized as a top place to visit, it helps us drive people here and then their experiences keep them coming back – whether for a vacation, a family reunion, couples trip, a corporate meeting or even a sporting event,” Potter said.
To read the full story, visit Travel + Leisure online.