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Artillery on a historic Yorktown battlefield - Yorktown, Virginia, USA (Photo: Arne Beruldsen/Shutterstock)
Artillery on a historic Yorktown battlefield - Yorktown, Virginia, USA (Photo: Arne Beruldsen/Shutterstock)

Shayne Rodriguez Thompson
Cruise Critic Contributor

Port of Yorktown

The tiny town of Yorktown is a regular stop on Chesapeake Bay cruises. Typically sharing itinerary billing with Williamsburg, it was an important site in Colonial Virginia and is home to a number of historical sights. Yorktown was actually where the British surrendered to George Washington, effectively ending the Revolutionary War. History buffs should be sure to visit the Yorktown Victory Center.

Despite its small size, there is plenty to see and do in Yorktown. From perusing 18th-century homes and visiting Revolutionary War battlefields to strolling the town center to shop for antiques and art, this charming town offers a little something for every type of visitor. There's even a scenic river walk where cruisers can take in beautiful views and snap plenty of photos.

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About Yorktown


Pro

A charming city where you can see some of the most important sites in American history

Con

Yorktown usually shares a port day with Williamsburg so you may have to choose between the two

Bottom Line

Yorktown is a must-visit for anyone with an interest in colonial history, but can also satisfy less purpose-driven travelers


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