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Historic Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown, and the first battle between two ironclads, the Monitor and CSS Virginia—the names alone tell the rich and enduring history of this area that attracts millions of visitors every year. As do the names of some more modern attractions: Busch Gardens, Water Country USA, The Mariners Museum, Newport News Shipbuilding, and the cities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach. Here you'll find the nation's second-oldest institution of higher learning, the College of William and Mary, as well as nearby Christopher Newport and Old Dominion universities. And among the many interesting things to see and do, be sure to include visits to wineries in the area, where a year-round temperate climate and fertile soil produce excellent vinifera and vintages.