Several areas of Williamsburg stand out as being distinct.  One is the historic district of Colonial Williamsburg, which operates as a functional recreation of the original town.  This neighborhood is about five blocks wide, stretching along the full length of Duke of Gloucester Street. While many buildings here require the purchase of tickets to visit, the area itself is open to the public and can be visited free of charge any time of the day.  In addition to the historic buildings, it surrounds several private residences, shops and restaurants.

Just across from the west end of Colonial Williamsburg, where Richmond Road and Jamestown Road meet in a corner, is the College of William & Mary.  Home to several thousand students, in addition to its historic academic buildings, this campus hosts numerous sporting events and cultural performances for the community and other visitors to enjoy. 

While the college campus and the historic district are the two major neighborhoods of interest to tourists, a couple others are worth mentioning.  One is Kingsmill, an upscale resort area known for its golfing and luxurious homes.  Another is the Richmond Road corridor stretching from Colonial Williamsburg west past Route 199.  The bulk of Williamsburg’s hotels, restaurants and stores are located along this road.  Finally, there is the neighboring community of Jamestown, located at the west end of the Colonial Parkway and home to the natural and historic Jamestown Island.