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Details: Roller Coaster Tour at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

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GETTING THERE

Busch Gardens Williamsburg is about 140 miles from the Capital Beltway. To get there, take Interstate 95 south for about 80 miles, then I-295 south for 13 miles and I-64 east for 43 miles to Exit 243A.

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STAYING THERE

Courtyard by Marriott (470 McLaws Cir., 800-321-2211, http://www.courtyard.com). Advertises rooms from $139, though I paid $58 by bidding on Priceline.com.

Days Hotel Williamsburg (201 Water Country Pkwy., 800-329-7466, http://www.daysinn.com). Rooms for upcoming weekends are $86.

EATING THERE

Outside Busch Gardens:

The Trellis (403 W. Duke of Gloucester St., 757-229-8610, http://www.thetrellis.com). Contemporary American cuisine. Lunch entrees $5-$15, dinner $18-$32.

Buon Amici Ristorante (5201 Center St., 757-220-8188, http://www.buonamiciwilliamsburg.com). A well-regarded pizzeria and Italian restaurant. Pizzas are $10-$20. Lunch entrees $9.50-$16, dinner $18-$30.

In Busch Gardens:

Das Festhaus, A 2,000-seat restaurant in the Germany section. You can buy a meal plan online in advance; $20 includes two entrees, two sides or desserts, and four nonalcoholic drinks.

THE PARK

The Behind the Scenes roller coaster tour is offered all summer on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. Tours are limited to 16, reservations must be made a day in advance and all patrons must be 14 or older. Tickets are $74.95, which includes a commemorative CD of photos, a parking pass, exclusive ride time on some coasters and, for others, front-of-line passes for later in the day. Note that the tour fee does not include park admission, required if you plan to stay beyond the tour. Adult admission is $59.95. Hours of operation vary.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Busch Gardens Williamsburg: 800-343-7946, http://www.buschgardens.com/BGW2.

-- S.V.


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