10 days in Virginia Itinerary

10 days in Virginia Itinerary

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10 days in Virginia Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  3​h 15​min
1
Arlington
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Shenandoah National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Williamsburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Virginia Beach
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: New York City

1
night
Arlington

Arlington ©
Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county of Arlington blends big city and sprawling suburban environments.
On the 1st (Tue), contemplate the long history of Little Library, make a trip to John F. Kennedy Grave Site, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Arlington National Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, wander the streets of Old Town, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Arlington trip itinerary planning website .

New York City to Arlington is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in October, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Old Town, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Little Library
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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center ©
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

3
nights
Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park ©
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
You've now added Appalachian Trail to your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Shenandoah National Park: Copper Fox Distillery (in Sperryville), Monticello (in Charlottesville) and River Hill Wine & Spirits (in Luray). There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Skyline Drive, tour the pleasant surroundings at Old Rag Mountain Hike, and hike along Jones Run Falls Trailhead.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Shenandoah National Park trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Arlington to Shenandoah National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Arlington in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 49°F in Shenandoah National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Monticello, River Hill Wine & Spirits, Copper Fox Distillery
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Appalachian Trail ©
Appalachian Trail
Monticello ©
Monticello
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive

3
nights
Williamsburg

Williamsburg ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Williamsburg: St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum (in Smithfield) and Richmond (Virginia Museum of Fine Arts & African Burial Ground). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Colonial Williamsburg, pause for some serene contemplation at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church, step aboard Jamestown Settlement, and stop by Quirks of Art.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Williamsburg trip planner .

Traveling by car from Shenandoah National Park to Williamsburg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Shenandoah National Park in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 55°F in Williamsburg. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Richmond, St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum
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Colonial Williamsburg ©
Colonial Williamsburg
Historic Jamestowne ©
Historic Jamestowne
Jamestown Settlement ©
Jamestown Settlement

2
nights
Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach ©
Holding a record for the longest pleasure beach in the world, Virginia Beach showcases 35 miles of coastline and maintains a longstanding reputation as a family-friendly vacation destination.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): learn about all things military at Military Aviation Museum, see the interesting displays at Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, then kick back and relax at Virginia Beach, and finally take in the waterfront at Virginia Beach Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): explore the galleries of Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, sample the fine beverages at Tarnished Truth Distilling Company, and then admire the masterpieces at Chrysler Museum of Art.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Virginia Beach trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Chrysler Museum of Art
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Tarnished Truth Distilling Company ©
Virginia Beach Boardwalk ©
Virginia Beach Boardwalk
Military Aviation Museum ©
Military Aviation Museum

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