Warwick Travel Service, Inc. will assist you in securing the best travel packages for the needs of you and your family. Ask for Linda Waynick, Monday through Friday, EST. 1-800-462-3204, 757-599-3011.
And of course, the sooner you begin, the better the airfares. Enterprise car rental has begun offering Weekender Friday to Monday 3-day rental deals at $9.99/day plus gas if you’re thinking of extending your stay before/beyond the conference. Norfolk International Airport is within 10 minutes of Virginia Beach, renowned for it’s miles of beaches, boardwalk and shops.
By far the easiest, most convenient mode of travel from airport to campus is by shuttle. Because of the intensity of summer traffic in this area and already predicted backups due to large road construction projects, we are going to recommend Richmond International Airport, a quick 50 minute drive to Williamsburg (W’burg) on I-64. Groome Transportation offers 24/7 hourly shuttle service to Williamsburg. $40/person ,$25/each for a group of 2 or more. No reservations needed. If you prefer private service, call 800-552 7911. Request to be dropped off at the William & Mary University Center to register and get your dorm key.
Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport is 25 minutes from the college on I-64 and my personal favorite because security is fast and it is small enough to quickly grab your bags and go. No shuttle service is available but there is curbside taxi service. Groome Transportation offers reservation taxi service to W’burg for about $40.00. 800-552-7911. 24/7. Rental cars are available.
If you have plenty of time and are flying in during daylight hours, Norfolk International Airport offers the most scenic drive to Williamsburg. Normal traffic makes this about a 2-hour drive, but this summer is expected to be bumper to bumper so plan on 3-5 hours. You might consider flying into Richmond International and departing via Norfolk Intn’l if you want to take advantage of the amazing sights to be seen while driving the famous Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, a 10 mile span that takes you both over and under the bay and offers breathtaking views of marinas, sailboats, and the Norfolk Naval base, world’s largest naval fleet station. Unfortunately, due to traffic tie-ups, all the airports are suggesting that you add extra road time to make your departure flight in time. Norfolk Airport Express 800-643-2197 No reservations required for passengers departing airport but as a precaution it is recommended for July 4. $50 person, then $10 per each extra person. 24/7.
Parking on Campus
Parking passes are available to all conference attendees and free to dorm residents. Daily parking passes are also available. Passes will be in your conference packet and should be immediately displayed in your rear window to avoid ticketing. The GNSI registration desk on the main floor of the University Center will direct you to the designated parking space.
Summer road trips are challenging in this area and July 4th is going to be no exception. If you are driving, try to get where you are going by 6 pm at the latest. After that, traffic crawls badly everywhere with cars going to the many choice fireworks locations. The earlier you arrive, the sooner you can head out to the July 4th celebrations next door at Colonial Williamsburg! It’s free to all.
Bring something waterproof to sit on for the fireworks at 9:30pm sharp. When you hear the fife and drum core marching to the Governor’s Palace fireworks are about to begin.
Happy Independence Day!