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Colonial Parkway, Yorktown

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Colonial Parkway is a 23-mile scenic parkway linking the three points of Virginia's Historic Triangle, Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown. It is part of the National Park Service's Colonial National Historical Park. Virginia's official state designation for the parkway is State Route 90003. With portions built between 1930 and 1957, it links the three communities via a roadway shielded from views of commercial development. The roadway is toll-free, is free of semitrucks, and has speed limits of around 35 to 45 mph. As a National Scenic Byway and All-American Road, it is also popular with tourists due to the James River and York River ends of the parkway.Bridges and interchangesFor most roads it crosses it does not have an interchange with that road. It normally goes on a bridge, under a bridge, or in a tunnel (the only tunnel is the tunnel under Colonial Williamsburg) (mostly the second type in this list). The Colonial Parkway is mostly covered by trees and is very shady in the summer and spring or beautiful in the fall and winter (mostly when it snows). Examples of this happening: when it crosses Interstate 64 and US Route 60. It mostly when it crosses a road (if it even has an intersection with it) is mostly more like an interchange than a crossroad. Almost every overpass is made of brick and made to look like it was made in the Colonial era (mostly roads that go over the Colonial Parkway instead of the bridges that the Colonial Parkway uses to travel over other roads, like Interstate 64). It mostly looks like a Colonial trail or wagon road in the Colonial era with most of the wildlife and animals at the York River and the James River (at the ends or near the ends). The Parkway is a connector of Virginia's Historic Triangle and other roads or the Jamestown Ferry (to State Route 10).
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  • If not familiar with the Colonial Parkway, it is a roadway connecting the Historic Triangle - Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestowne. The roadway is very scenic with a type of cobble stone pavement. Th...  more »
  • We use the Colonial parkway to drive between Gloucester and Busch Gardnes in Williamsburg. Beautiful drive, with vistas of the York River and tributaries then dense forest as the road bends away from ...  more »
  • I take the parkway multiple times a week to get from my home in Yorktown to Williamsburg, Jamestown, or I-64. It's a beautiful drive at any time of year and the views of the river are incredible!  more »

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