Biking through History: The Virginia Capital Trail and the Colonial Parkway
Bike along historic battlefields, settlements and Colonial Era landmarks as you learn about coastal Virginia, one of America’s oldest and most culturally significant regions.
Program No. 2284RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Bicycle historic pathways past scenic fields, rivers and homes as you join a small group of adventurers for a revealing look at the James River area, one of America's richest historical centers. Your learning journey spans the Colonial era from Jamestown to the Siege of Yorktown 174 years later, with fascinating lectures setting up your field trips to Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown Battlefield and Berkeley Plantation. Enjoy your exercise and a history lesson all at one time.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Biking 15-30 miles per day, mostly flat terrain, occasional hills; 21-speed mountain bikes provided.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Bike the newly completed Virginia Capital Bike Trail, stretching from Jamestown toward Richmond, as well as the entire historical Colonial Parkway.
  • Journey through Colonial Williamsburg with a local expert to learn about shops, gardens and 18th-century lives, then explore the campus of the College of William & Mary by bike to complete your week’s rides.
  • Ride the winding trails along rural roads and through urban landscapes, including several historical areas of Richmond, VA.

General Notes

To see all of our programs on the East Coast Greenway, visit www.roadscholar.org/ECG.
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Stephen Christoff
Stephen Christoff has been a musical fixture at Colonial Williamsburg for more than 15 years. Since 2006, he has performed his one-man show called "Seller of Songs" at the Hennage Theater in Colonial Williamsburg to sell-out audiences and rave reviews. In 2007, Stephen was a member of a collaborative performance team that played over 100 performances of "American Musicworks," a signature show designed for the Dewitt Wallace Galleries folk art exhibition, and also performed for the Jamestown 2007, Godspeed Sail and Landing Party Festival. He has headlined at locations including Mount Vernon, Chestertown Tea Party Festival, Virginia's Yorktown Celebration Festival, The National Portrait Gallery, The Library of Congress, The Black Swamp Arts Festival and Disney's Epcot Center.
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