10 days in Virginia Itinerary

10 days in Virginia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Virginia itinerary planner

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Williamsburg
— 2 nights
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Richmond
— 2 nights
Drive
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Charlottesville
— 1 night
Drive
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Shenandoah National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Alexandria
— 1 night
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Williamsburg

— 2 nights

Colonial Capital

Founded in 1632 as a fortified settlement on the high ground between two rivers, Williamsburg served as a colonial capital of Virginia for over 80 years.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): look for gifts at R.P. Wallace & Sons General Store, witness the site of a historic battle at American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, then witness the site of a historic battle at Yorktown Battlefield, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Jamestown Settlement, take a memorable drive along Colonial Parkway, then contemplate the long history of Governor's Palace, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Williamsburg online journey planner.

Dallas to Williamsburg is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Dallas in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Williamsburg, with lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Richmond.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Richmond

— 2 nights

The River City

The capital city of Virginia, Richmond has diverse architecture, a large collection of monuments, and world-class museums that reveal the city's important role in American history.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): stroll through Maymont, explore the world behind art at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, then stroll the grounds of Hollywood Cemetery, and finally stroll the grounds of African Burial Ground. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about all things military at White House of the Confederacy, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Episcopal Church, then admire the natural beauty at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, and finally find something for the whole family at Kings Dominion.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Richmond tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Williamsburg to Richmond takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Richmond, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Richmond

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Charlottesville

— 1 night

Hoo-Ville

Situated at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville is perhaps best known as the home of three of the United States' founding fathers, including Thomas Jefferson.
On the 7th (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Monticello, contemplate the long history of James Monroe's Highland, then admire the striking features of University of Virginia, and finally view the masterpieces at C'ville Arts: A Cooperative Gallery.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Charlottesville online road trip planner.

Drive from Richmond to Charlottesville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Shenandoah National Park

— 2 nights
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): stroll the grounds of Dean Cemetery, then admire the sheer force of Dark Hollow Falls, then trek along Old Rag Mountain Hike, and finally look for gifts at SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cool off at Massanutten Indoor WaterPark and then contemplate the waterfront views at Skyline Drive.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Shenandoah National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Charlottesville to Shenandoah National Park takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in May, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Alexandria.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Alexandria

— 1 night
Just a few metro stops away from the bustle of Washington D.C., Alexandria provides a respite from the fast-paced capital.
On the 10th (Sun), make a trip to John F. Kennedy Grave Site, explore the different monuments and memorials at Arlington National Cemetery, then get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and finally take a stroll through Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery and then see the interesting displays at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Alexandria road trip planning app.

Getting from Shenandoah National Park to Alexandria by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or fly. May in Alexandria sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Alexandria

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Virginia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Wineries & Vineyards · Specialty Museums
Old Dominion
The home of the first permanent English colony in the New World, Virginia is a prime holiday destination for those looking to immerse themselves in American heritage. Proud of its colorful history, distinct culture, and southern drawl, Virginians see their state as the place where the imaginary line between the north and the south is drawn. With scenic beauties as diverse as its people, Virginia is a land of rolling hills, rugged mountains, lush valleys, dense forests, and secluded beaches along picturesque bays. Bordered on the east by the Atlantic and the west by the Appalachian Mountains, with rolling farmland in the middle, the state offers countless places to visit for history buffs, nature lovers, and passionate foodies.