Cicero once wrote, "To be ignorant of what happened before you were born is to remain forever a child." Indeed, knowledge of the past enriches your life, and what better way to solidify your encyclopedic knowledge of the American Revolutionary War than by traveling to the site of the war's last major land battle? From a base in one of the many hotels near Yorktown, VA you can experience the historical magic that still lingers in these environs along the York River where Cornwallis surrendered.
Check in to your choice of hotels in Yorktown, VA and turn your path towards the Yorktown Battlefield. Pace through the rolling fields, examining the earthen works and cannons that remain. Allow your mind to recreate the scene of the battle around you and fully absorb the impact of the hundreds who were killed or wounded in the name of their countries. Listen carefully for the sound of fifes or drums drifting over the land: There may be reenactors about who can provide further insights into the battle. When you're ready to move on, get back into your choice of Yorktown rental cars and make your way over to the Riverwalk. Yorktown hotels are known not only for their proximity to the battlefield but also for the region's riverside charm. Take a stroll along the water past sandy beaches and watch the boats go by. End the day with dinner and a drink at one of the charming riverside restaurants to make your own history a lovely one.
Of course, history has happened everywhere, and Yorktown is only one tiny piece. Travelocity can help you continue your tour of the past with a stay in hotels in Richmond, Virginia's capital. It's in a little church here that Patrick Henry gave his famous "Give me Liberty, or Give me Death" speech. Let your immersion in history be "not a burden on the memory," as Lord Acton once said, "but an illumination of the soul."