12 days in Virginia Beach & Richmond Itinerary

12 days in Virginia Beach & Richmond Itinerary

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12 days in Virginia Beach & Richmond Itinerary

Start: Virginia Beach
1
Virginia Beach
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Richmond
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
End: Virginia Beach

8
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.
For shopping fun, head to The Bird Store - The Outer Banks Wildlife Gallery or Arts of the Albemarle. Museum-lovers will appreciate Wright Brothers National Memorial and St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Virginia Beach: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (in Williamsburg), Parasailing & Paragliding (in Duck) and Corolla (Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, Nature & Wildlife Tours, & more). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Virginia Beach, kick back and relax at Sandbridge Beach, explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park, and sample the fine beverages at Chesapeake Bay Distillery.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Virginia Beach trip itinerary planner .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Virginia Beach. In June, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Richmond.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Corolla, Kill Devil Hills, Jockey's Ridge State Park, Parasailing & Paragliding, St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum
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Virginia Beach ©
Virginia Beach
Busch Gardens Williamsburg ©
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Wright Brothers National Memorial

3
nights
Richmond

Richmond ©
The capital city of Virginia, Richmond has diverse architecture, a large collection of monuments, and world-class museums that reveal the city's important role in American history.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Historic Jamestowne and then contemplate the long history of Jamestown Settlement. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Carytown, explore the world behind art at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and then admire all the interesting features of Colonial Parkway.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Richmond trip planner.

Drive from Virginia Beach to Richmond in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Richmond are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Richmond

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Williamsburg, Colonial Parkway
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Historic Jamestowne ©
Historic Jamestowne
Jamestown Settlement ©
Jamestown Settlement
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts ©
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

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