11 days in Virginia, North Carolina & Washington DC Itinerary

11 days in Virginia, North Carolina & Washington DC Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route planner

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Williamsburg
— 2 nights
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Corolla
— 1 night
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Raleigh
— 1 night
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Asheville
— 2 nights
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Washington DC
— 4 nights
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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.
You'll explore and learn at Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and Colonial Williamsburg. Explore hidden gems such as Governor's Palace and Boat Tours & Water Sports. There's lots more to do: take in the history at Yorktown Battlefield, pause for some serene contemplation at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church, and get engrossed in the history at American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Williamsburg vacation planner.

New York City to Williamsburg is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from New York City in April, you will find days in Williamsburg are a bit warmer (73°F), and nights are about the same (50°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Corolla.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Corolla

— 1 night
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
On the 11th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Whalehead Club, then take an exotic tour of Back Country Safari Tours, and then enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Corolla vacation site.

Traveling by car from Williamsburg to Corolla takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of bus and car. April in Corolla sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Raleigh.

Things to do in Corolla

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

Raleigh

— 1 night

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): have fun and explore at Marbles Kids Museum and then get a new perspective on nature at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Raleigh travel planner.

You can drive from Corolla to Raleigh in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. In April, daytime highs in Raleigh are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums · Childrens Museums

Asheville

— 2 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 13th (Wed), shop like a local with Lexington Glassworks, take in the exciting artwork at Woolworth Walk, then see the interesting displays at The Folk Art Center (Southern Highland Craft Guild), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Saint Lawrence. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Grovewood Village and then examine the collection at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Asheville online holiday builder.

You can drive from Raleigh to Asheville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Raleigh in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 45°F in Asheville. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Washington DC.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Washington DC

— 4 nights
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Discover out-of-the-way places like National Museum of African American History and Culture and Smithsonian American Art Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore National Air and Space Museum and National Gallery of Art. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, pause for some serene contemplation at Washington National Cathedral, and take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Washington DC trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Asheville to Washington DC takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. April in Washington DC sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.