10 days in Virginia Itinerary

10 days in Virginia Itinerary

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10 days in Virginia Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Arlington
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Charlottesville
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Williamsburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Virginia Beach
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Dallas

2
nights
Arlington

Arlington ©
Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county of Arlington blends big city and sprawling suburban environments.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church. On the next day, appreciate the history behind Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, then stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, then stroll the grounds of Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery, and finally steep yourself in history at George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Arlington vacation maker website .

Dallas to Arlington is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dallas to Arlington. In August, Arlington is slightly colder than Dallas - with highs of 87°F and lows of 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Alexandria, George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill, National Museum of the Marine Corps, Quantico National Cemetery, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
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Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center ©
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

2
nights
Charlottesville

Charlottesville ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Thomas Parish Church, steep yourself in history at James Madison's Montpelier, then brush up on your military savvy at Vietnam War Foundation Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at C'ville Arts: A Cooperative Gallery. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Monticello, then steep yourself in history at Mulberry Row, then contemplate the long history of Frontier Culture Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at The Glass Palette - Interactive Glass Art Studio.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Charlottesville travel site .

Drive from Arlington to Charlottesville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Arlington in August, expect little chillier with lows of 65°F in Charlottesville. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Frontier Culture Museum, James Madison's Montpelier, St. Thomas Parish Church, Vietnam War Foundation Museum
Highlights from your plan
Monticello ©
Monticello
James Madison's Montpelier ©
James Madison's Montpelier

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Colonial Williamsburg and St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum. Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Williamsburg to go to Petersburg and see Blandford Church and Cemetery, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Yorktown Beach, shop like a local with Williamsburg Art Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church, and contemplate the long history of Bassett Hall.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Williamsburg trip maker site .

Getting from Charlottesville to Williamsburg by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Williamsburg can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trips

St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum, Blandford Church and Cemetery, Yorktown Beach
Highlights from your plan
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Chrysler Museum of Art, learn about all things military at Military Aviation Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Virginia Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Cape Charles Beach, then take in the pleasant sights at Virginia Beach Law Enforcement Memorial, and then kick back and relax at Sandbridge Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Virginia Beach trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Virginia Beach are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Chrysler Museum of Art, Cape Charles Beach
Highlights from your plan
Virginia Beach ©
Virginia Beach
Military Aviation Museum ©
Military Aviation Museum
Chrysler Museum of Art ©
Chrysler Museum of Art

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