11 days in Chincoteague Island, Virginia Beach & Shenandoah National Park Itinerary

11 days in Chincoteague Island, Virginia Beach & Shenandoah National Park Itinerary

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11 days in Chincoteague Island, Virginia Beach & Shenandoah National Park Itinerary

Start: Chincoteague Island
1
Chincoteague Island
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Virginia Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Shenandoah National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 45​min
End: Chincoteague Island

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Chincoteague Island

Chincoteague Island ©
Famous for a wild breed of horses--Chincoteague Ponies--Chincoteague Island embraces the mystery of some of North America’s oldest inhabitants.
Get out of town with these interesting Chincoteague Island side-trips: Salisbury (Salisbury Zoo & Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art), Hopkins & Bros. Store (in Onancock) and Cambridge (Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge & Harriet Tubman Museum and Educational Center). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, get interesting insight from Tours, admire the natural beauty at Boxwood Gardens, and stop by Wine Cheese & More.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Chincoteague Island day trip tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Chincoteague Island. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in October, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Chincoteague Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Salisbury, Cambridge, Boxwood Gardens, Hopkins & Bros. Store
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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge ©
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Chincoteague Veteran's Memorial Park ©

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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 23rd (Wed): steep yourself in history at George Wythe House, then pause for some serene contemplation at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church, then take a tour of Jamestown Settlement, and finally take in the waterfront at Virginia Beach Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum and then contemplate the long history of Colonial Williamsburg.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Virginia Beach holiday planner.

Drive from Chincoteague Island to Virginia Beach in 2.5 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 by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Williamsburg, St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum
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Virginia Beach Boardwalk ©
Virginia Beach Boardwalk
Colonial Williamsburg ©
Colonial Williamsburg
Military Aviation Museum ©
Military Aviation Museum

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Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park ©
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shenandoah National Park: James Madison's Montpelier (in Montpelier Station) and Carter Mountain Orchard (in Charlottesville). There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Skyline Drive, hike along Old Rag Mountain Hike, take in the dramatic scenery at Dark Hollow Falls, and don't miss a visit to Dean Cemetery.

To find out how to plan a trip to Shenandoah National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Virginia Beach to Shenandoah National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Virginia Beach in October, Shenandoah National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 49°F. On the 28th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

James Madison's Montpelier, Carter Mountain Orchard
Highlights from your plan
Old Rag Mountain Hike ©
Old Rag Mountain Hike
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
Dark Hollow Falls ©
Dark Hollow Falls

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