11 days in Williamsburg & Washington DC Itinerary

11 days in Williamsburg & Washington DC Itinerary

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11 days in Williamsburg & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: Williamsburg
1
Williamsburg
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
End: Williamsburg

7
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Williamsburg: St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum (in Smithfield), Virginia Zoo (in Norfolk) and Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (in Cape Charles). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Colonial Williamsburg, contemplate the long history of Yorktown Battlefield, cruise along Colonial Parkway, and admire the masterpieces at Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Williamsburg travel planning website.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Williamsburg. In April, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Washington DC.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Yorktown, Newport News, Virginia Zoo, St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum, Tyndall's Point Park
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St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum ©
Colonial Williamsburg ©
Colonial Williamsburg
Historic Jamestowne ©
Historic Jamestowne

3
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
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.
On the 24th (Fri), explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, then see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Tidal Basin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Lincoln Memorial, then appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, then learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and finally pause for some photo ops at Washington Monument.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Washington DC online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Williamsburg to Washington DC in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Williamsburg, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Washington DC, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 49°F. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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