11 days in Virginia & North Carolina Itinerary

11 days in Virginia & North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States attractions planner

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Luray
— 1 day
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Charlottesville
— 1 night
Drive
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Williamsburg
— 2 nights
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Corolla
— 1 night
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Drive to Currituck, NC, Ferry to Knotts Island, NC, Drive to Virginia Beach
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Virginia Beach
— 1 night
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Arlington
— 2 nights
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Asheville
— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take an in-depth tour of The Car and Carriage Caravan Museum and then explore the fascinating underground world of Luray Caverns.

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Seattle to Luray is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Luray is 3 hours. When traveling from Seattle in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Luray: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Luray

Nature · Parks · Museums

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): steep yourself in history at James Monroe's Highland, then take in nature's colorful creations at Monticello, and then relax in the rural setting at Carter Mountain Orchard.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Charlottesville driving holiday planner.

Getting from Luray to Charlottesville by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daytime highs in Charlottesville are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites · Parks

Williamsburg

— 2 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.
On the 5th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Governor's Palace, get engrossed in the history at Colonial Williamsburg, then don't miss a visit to St. George Tucker House, and finally make a splash at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Historic Jamestowne and then contemplate the long history of Jamestown Settlement.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Williamsburg holiday planner.

Drive from Charlottesville to Williamsburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Charlottesville in September since evenings lows in Williamsburg dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Corolla.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks

Corolla

— 1 night
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
On the 7th (Tue), look for gifts at Miss Kitty's Old Time Photos & Gifts, see Off-Road Tours, then visit a coastal fixture at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Back Country Safari Tours.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Corolla trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Williamsburg to Corolla by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of bus and car. In September in Corolla, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Virginia Beach

— 1 night

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 8th (Wed): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Tarnished Truth Distilling Company, then enjoy the sand and surf at Virginia Beach, and then take a leisurely stroll along Virginia Beach Boardwalk.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Virginia Beach vacation planner.

Getting from Corolla to Virginia Beach by combination of car and ferry takes about 3.5 hours. In September in Virginia Beach, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can fly to Arlington.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, then get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and then stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): explore the landscape on two wheels at Mount Vernon Trail, explore the galleries of George Washington's Mount Vernon, and then contemplate the long history of Little Library.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Arlington trip maker site.

You can fly from Virginia Beach to Arlington in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Arlington are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Asheville.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Asheville

— 3 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Get out of town with these interesting Asheville side-trips: Hendersonville (Justus Orchard & Lyda Farms). There's much more to do: cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy, sample the tasty concoctions at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, look for all kinds of wild species at Tumblestone Tours and Transportation, and relax in the rural setting at Carolina Bison Farm.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Asheville trip tool.

Fly from Arlington to Asheville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arlington in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Asheville, with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Wildlife

Side Trips

Virginia travel guide

4.6
History Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Historic Sites
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.

North Carolina travel guide

4.4
History Museums · Specialty Museums · Zipline
The Tar Heel State
A top destination for a holiday in nature, North Carolina provides a seemingly endless variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing. While the state's rural regions offer a taste of traditional Appalachian music and culture, its increasingly diverse big cities feature modern skyscrapers, renowned museums, and historical neighborhoods perfect for sightseeing tours. The coastal region, famous for its year-round temperate climate, attracts millions of annual visitors, making North Carolina the sixth most-visited state in the country. Though it's hard to find a quiet time of year in coastal North Carolina, the state's inland areas retain many secluded corners where you can experience the laid-back Old South atmosphere.