10 days in Virginia Itinerary

10 days in Virginia Itinerary

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10 days in Virginia Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  4​h
1
Alexandria
— 2 nights
Train:  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 + Ferry:  6​h 15​min
End: Toronto

2
nights
Alexandria

Alexandria ©
Just a few metro stops away from the bustle of Washington D.C., Alexandria provides a respite from the fast-paced capital.
Appreciate the collections at National Museum of the Marine Corps and The Rising Sun Tavern. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center and The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Explore Alexandria's surroundings by going to Manassas National Battlefield Park (in Manassas), Chatham Manor (in Fredericksburg) and Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (in Chantilly). And it doesn't end there: explore the different monuments and memorials at Arlington National Cemetery, take in the exciting artwork at Torpedo Factory Art Center, and appreciate the history behind Air Force Memorial.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Alexandria trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Alexandria is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in July, with highs in Alexandria at 37°C and lows at 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Alexandria

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Arlington, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center, Manassas National Battlefield Park, National Museum of the Marine Corps
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Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery
National Museum of the Marine Corps ©
Manassas National Battlefield Park ©

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 7th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Monticello, then contemplate the long history of James Monroe's Highland, and then steep yourself in history at James Madison's Montpelier. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of University of Virginia, steep yourself in history at Frontier Culture Museum, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Dark Hollow Falls.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Charlottesville trip planner .

Getting from Alexandria to Charlottesville by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Alexandria in July, expect little chillier with lows of 23°C in Charlottesville. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Frontier Culture Museum, James Madison's Montpelier, Dark Hollow Falls
Highlights from your plan
James Monroe's Highland ©
James Monroe's Highland
James Madison's Montpelier ©
James Madison's Montpelier
Frontier Culture Museum ©
Frontier Culture Museum

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Petersburg National Battlefield Park and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. Popular historic sites such as Bruton Parish Episcopal Church and St. John's Episcopal Church are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Williamsburg: Richmond (Hollywood Cemetery & White House of the Confederacy). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Colonial Williamsburg, take an in-depth tour of Historic Jamestowne, and witness the site of a historic battle at American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

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Drive from Charlottesville to Williamsburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Richmond, American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, Petersburg National Battlefield Park
Highlights from your plan
Colonial Williamsburg ©
Colonial Williamsburg
Petersburg National Battlefield Park ©

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 12th (Fri): learn about all things military at Military Aviation Museum, stroll through Sandbridge Beach, and then take a leisurely stroll along Virginia Beach Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sea views from Cape Henry Lighthouse, see the interesting displays at Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, and then stroll through Cape Charles Beach.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Virginia Beach journey site .

You can drive from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cape Charles Beach
Highlights from your plan
Military Aviation Museum ©
Military Aviation Museum
Sandbridge Beach ©
Sandbridge Beach
Cape Henry Lighthouse ©
Cape Henry Lighthouse

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