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Williamsburg: Haunted Ghosts, Witches, and Pirates Tour

1. Williamsburg: Haunted Ghosts, Witches, and Pirates Tour

Hear the stories of the ghosts who inhabit the town of Williamsburg. Follow your ghostly guide down eerie streets and experience 13 haunted locations on this tour of the most haunted places in town. Discover the 17 spirits of the Peyton Randolph House, known as the most haunted place in Virginia. Learn what happened in the oak panel bedroom and hear what is waiting for you in your jail cell. Learn about the Wagon of Death, the gallows, and what happened to Lucy Ludwell, George Wythe, Ida Jones, and many more. Learn the outcome of the witch trials here and what happened to Williamsburg's most famous witch. Guests often see and hear strange, unexplainable sights and sounds, so you will not want to attend without a camera in hand.

Williamsburg: Colonial Ghosts Haunted Walking Tour

2. Williamsburg: Colonial Ghosts Haunted Walking Tour

Embark on the ultimate, bone-chilling, haunted, and historical adventure of either 60 or 90 minutes through the ghostly streets of Colonial Williamsburg to experience up to 12 of the most haunted locations in town. After meeting your experienced and licensed tour guides, learn about the centuries-old history of one of the nation's oldest colonies and hear obscure and fascinating tales of eyewitness accounts that occurred at all of the haunted locations.  Follow the amazing storytellers as they bring you deeper through the eerily-lit colonial streets to Bruton Parish Church, over 350 years old, surrounded on all sides by a spooky cemetery. Continue on your journey to sites of grizzly bloodshed which took place in the streets of Williamsburg during the Battle of Williamsburg, and walk on the haunted ground where piles of hapless soldiers' lay buried — right beneath your feet. Stand in the shadow of the Peyton Randolph House, Williamsburg's most haunted house, and hear the tragic stories of how over two dozen deaths, as well as mass graves of Native Americans, have made the building into the town’s most infamous mansion. Walk up to the courthouse where the Declaration of Independence was read aloud in 1776, and stand where George Washington planned the battle of Yorktown that ultimately won the revolutionary war. After more haunted sightings, head back to the meeting point, having gained insights into the paranormal and historical sides of Williamsburg.

Old Town Alexandria: DC Monument River Cruise to Georgetown

3. Old Town Alexandria: DC Monument River Cruise to Georgetown

Avoid the traffic and see Washington DC from the Potomac River on this cruise from Alexandria's Old Town to Georgetown. Choose from a tour with or without a return trip. View sights from the water like the Lincoln and Jefferson memorial and the Washington Monument. Arrive at the Old Town Alexandria waterfront and simply hop onto the comfortable boat. Sit back and relax on a cruise to Georgetown, one of the district's most historic and fashionable neighborhoods. Make the most of your day and choose either a one-way cruise and return to Old Town Alexandria on your own, or choose a convenient round-trip cruise with 2 hours to explore Georgetown.  Visit Georgetown's historic streets and alleyways, quaint cafes, and high-end boutiques.

From Washington, D.C.: Mount Vernon Sightseeing River Cruise

4. From Washington, D.C.: Mount Vernon Sightseeing River Cruise

Experience a great American adventure on this boat trip to the home of George Washington, the first president of the United States. Enjoy a round-trip cruise from Washington, D.C. to Mount Vernon, including entrance to the estate of George and Martha Washington. Start your tour with a fully narrated cruise down the Potomac River to Mount Vernon. Tour the gardens and grounds of this national historical landmark and learn the history of one of the country's most important leaders. Spend 3 full hours at the estate viewing the gardens, strolling the many trails, visiting the farm, and stopping by the many restaurants and shops, on a tour that allows you to travel back in history to the time of colonial America.

From Washington DC: Mount Vernon & Old Town Alexandria Tour

5. From Washington DC: Mount Vernon & Old Town Alexandria Tour

Discover the historic Old Town Alexandria on a guided day trip from Washington. Ride along the Potomac River and visit the Mount Vernon Estate, the former residence of George Washington. Enjoy pickup in a luxurious, climate-controlled vehicle while your guide explains the significance of some of the city’s most recognizable monuments. A short drive brings you to the candy-colored architecture of Alexandria, where you can take a tour of some monuments notable to the former president – including the Masonic Temple and Christ Church. Arguably the birthplace of the city itself, George Washington’s former estate is located just 13 miles from the capital’s center. Then, go for an in-depth foray through the mansion, with entrance tickets to the grounds and gardens included. Interactive, historic reenactments bring the founding father’s story to life, while a guided tour of the building helps shine a light on his fascinating story. Next, you'll ride along the Potomac River and visit the Mount Vernon Estate - one of the Washington, DC, area’s premier sightseeing attractions. Explore historic Mount Vernon – from the mansion’s interior where President Washington resided to his beloved gardens, and final resting place.  Take some time for lunch at the Mt Vernon Food Court if you like, then learn more about George Washington’s life and legacy in both the Museum and Education Center – home to more than 700 original objects (including his false teeth) and 25 theaters and galleries. There is even a multi-media theater where it actually snows. After shopping for unique gifts at the Mt Vernon Shops, you will be entertained by your guide as you return back to Washington DC.

Colonial Williamsburg: Colonial History Guided Walking Tour

6. Colonial Williamsburg: Colonial History Guided Walking Tour

Experience life in eighteenth-century America. In this guided walking tour of Colonial Williamsburg, you’ll hear stories left out of textbooks. Learn about the founding fathers and visit the same buildings they did. Discover unexpected connections between their times and ours. Start your journey from the Capitol Building. From there, visit historical sites including the Raleigh Tavern. At the Silversmith, watch skilled craftspeople work their trade. Imagine yourself back in the 1700s. The costumes worn by the staff are true to the period and add to the atmosphere. Discover colonial-era figures beyond Washington and Jefferson. Hear your guide tell stories about the royal government and the transition to elected officials around the Governor’s Palace. Learn the poignant history of America declaring independence before returning to the Capitol Building.

Richmond: Ghosts and Dark History Haunted Walking Tour

7. Richmond: Ghosts and Dark History Haunted Walking Tour

Experience Richmond’s haunted past and uncover stories of murder, mayhem, and tragedy while discovering the secret histories that hide in the shadows. From the Powhatan Confederacy to present-day grisly murders. Listen to honest accounts from a professional guide of the events that shaped this River City and led to the very real Richmond Ghosts. Take a tour of the darker side of Richmond and visit the most haunted sites around the Shockoe Bottom area, depending on whether you choose to upgrade to an extended tour. Hear of the spirit of Edgar Allan Poe, said to haunt the staircase that was once in his house, and the chilling tales surrounding Lumpkin's Slave Jail and the historic Masonic Lodge and the ghosts said to linger there, along with many other terrifying tales. Learn about the lesser-known history and the hauntings that often accompany it. You're guaranteed to be creeped out, but you'll still be able to sleep.

Georgetown: DC Monuments River Cruise to Old Town Alexandria

8. Georgetown: DC Monuments River Cruise to Old Town Alexandria

Avoid the traffic and see Washington, D.C., from the Potomac River. Once you arrive at the Georgetown Waterfront, simply hop on to the boat, sit back, and relax on this 45-minute ride as you witness the district's historic landmarks and monuments. Before you know it, you'll arrive in Old Town Alexandria, a historic town full of quaint cafes, restaurants, and shops. As you relax on your cruise, listen to an informative narrated story about Washington, D.C.'s history and many iconic sights, all the while cruising past top attractions including the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, and many more. Marvel at the architectural details of the various landmarks on an afternoon cruise, or see them lit up at night. Make the most of your day: either choose a one-way water taxi cruise and return to Georgetown on your own, or choose a convenient round-trip water taxi cruise while still having time to explore Old Town Alexandria. In either case, you will be able to visit Old Town's historic streets and alleyways, quaint cafes, and high-end boutiques, making the most of your trip to Washington, D.C.

From Washington DC: Day Trip to Luray Caverns

9. From Washington DC: Day Trip to Luray Caverns

Start your day with being picked up at your accommodation in Washington DC. Enjoy the ride in a luxury SUV or sprinter van through Virginia's scenic Shenandoah Valley. Arrive at the Luray Caverns, one of the most remarkable natural wonders in the Mid-Atlantic region. In addition to a guided tour through the Caverns, you will also be able to explore the Car and Carriage Caravan Museum. See classic cars from around the world including an 1897 Mercedes-Benz and a 1925 Rolls-Royce. Roll up your sleeves as you mine for gold and other gems at the Gem Sluice geology experience. Opt to have lunch in the on-site cafeteria or bring a picnic to enjoy on the grounds. Get lost in the Garden Maze or strap on a harness to tackle the heights in the Rope Adventure Park. After a day of adventure, drive back to DC.

Richmond: Private City Tour by Tuk Tuk

10. Richmond: Private City Tour by Tuk Tuk

Join a guide on a private city tour of Richmond and be driven around in a Tuk Tuk. Journey through important neighborhoods and learn about this fascinating city as you go. Start your tour as you travel down Monument Avenue and towards the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Here, you’ll have a chance to get out and explore the museum’s sculpture garden. Then, drive through Carytown, Richmond’s bohemian shopping district, before heading to the Hollywood Cemetery. Learn interesting facts about the cemetery, like which former United States presidents are buried here. Next, pass by Brown’s Island, a popular festival location, as you head towards the State Capital. From here, make your way up Church Hill, the oldest part of the city. See St. John’s Church and visit the Church Hill overlook. Finally, journey back to your starting location, where your tour will come to an end.

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What people are saying about Virginia

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 141 reviews

It was a great time. The guides were very entertaining. Also, they were great with my son when they noticed he was getting a bit sensitive to the current story. They helped him out without spoiling the atmosphere for anyone else.

My family and I had a great experience with our pirate tour. Filled with great stories and insight of the pirate influence in Williamsburg, VA Colin was most excellent as our guide.

Bryce was a great tour guide! His enthusiasm and stories made the ghost tour really entertaining. Some creepy photos were taken, and during a tale with a black cat, one showed up!

Great way to get to Mount Vernon while skipping the drive and parking!

Super great job! My family enjoyed our time. Kaley was fantastic.