10 days in Virginia Itinerary

10 days in Virginia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Virginia visit planner

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Luray
— 1 day
Drive
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Charlottesville
— 1 night
Drive
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Williamsburg
— 4 nights
Drive
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Virginia Beach
— 2 nights
Fly
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Arlington
— 2 nights
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Luray

— 1 day

Cabin Capital of Virginia

Nestled in the heart of the valley formed by the Shenandoah River, Luray draws visitors with a vast underground cavern system adorned with stalactites, stalagmites, and mirrored pools.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): explore the stunning scenery at Luray Caverns, then trot along with Jordan Hollow Stables, and then hike along Stony Man Mountain Overlook.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Luray trip planning app.

Washington DC to Luray is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Washington DC in October since evenings lows in Luray dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Luray

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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 2nd (Fri), experience rural life at Carter Mountain Orchard, then look for gifts at C'ville Arts: A Cooperative Gallery, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Monticello.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Charlottesville trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Luray to Charlottesville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Charlottesville can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Williamsburg

— 4 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Jamestown Settlement. Change things up with these side-trips from Williamsburg: Newport News (The Noland Trail & The Mariners' Museum & Park). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Colonial Williamsburg, hike along Tyndall's Point Park, take an in-depth tour of Historic Jamestowne, and stop by Quirks of Art.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Williamsburg trip itinerary app.

Drive from Charlottesville to Williamsburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Charlottesville in October, Williamsburg is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Virginia Beach

— 2 nights

The Resort City

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 7th (Wed): trot along with a tour on horseback, then get interesting insight from iFLY Va Beach Indoor Skydiving, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Virginia Beach, and finally take in the waterfront at Virginia Beach Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, learn about all things military at Military Aviation Museum, and then experience rural life at New Earth Farm.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Virginia Beach trip planner.

Traveling by car from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Arlington.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Arlington

— 2 nights

National History, Local Flavor

Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county of Arlington blends big city and sprawling suburban environments.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, then stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, and finally don't miss a visit to John F. Kennedy Grave Site. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at Cox Farms, then see the interesting displays at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, and then test your problem-solving skills at Escape Room Herndon.

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Traveling by flight from Virginia Beach to Arlington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Arlington are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games

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.