12 days in Virginia Itinerary

12 days in Virginia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Virginia vacation planner

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Virginia Beach
— 2 nights
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Williamsburg
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lynchburg
— 2 nights
Drive
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Charlottesville
— 1 night
Drive
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Luray
— 1 night
Drive
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Arlington
— 2 nights
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Virginia Beach

— 2 nights

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.
On the 23rd (Thu), observe the fascinating underwater world at Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, then take a leisurely stroll along Virginia Beach Boardwalk, then examine the collection at Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Virginia Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the pleasant sights at King Neptune Statue on the Boardwalk, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Tarnished Truth Distilling Company, then step aboard Battleship Wisconsin, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Virginia Beach trip itinerary planning website.

London, UK to Virginia Beach is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Virginia Beach is minus 5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from London in July, with highs in Virginia Beach at 37°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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 25th (Sat), go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour and then cool off at Water Country USA. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Governor's Palace, steep yourself in history at Colonial Williamsburg, then pause for some serene contemplation at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church, and finally stop by R.P. Wallace & Sons General Store.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Williamsburg online tour planner.

Getting from Virginia Beach to Williamsburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in Williamsburg can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lynchburg.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Tours

Lynchburg

— 2 nights
Lynchburg is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. On the 27th (Mon), admire the striking features of Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest, appreciate the history behind National D-Day Memorial, then explore the striking landscape of Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Appomattox Station Battlefield Park. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Old City Cemetery, then stroll through Riverwalk Trail, and then have fun and explore at Amazement Square.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Lynchburg travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Williamsburg to Lynchburg in 3 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Williamsburg in July; daily highs in Lynchburg reach 35°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Lynchburg

Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Trails

Side Trips

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.
On the 29th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Monticello, experience rural life at Carter Mountain Orchard, then admire the landmark architecture of University of Virginia, and finally view the masterpieces at C'ville Arts: A Cooperative Gallery.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Charlottesville online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Lynchburg to Charlottesville by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July in Charlottesville, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Luray.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Luray

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): trek along Stony Man Mountain Overlook, see the interesting displays at The Car and Carriage Caravan Museum, and then explore the stunning scenery at Luray Caverns.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Luray driving holiday tool.

Drive from Charlottesville to Luray in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Arlington.

Things to do in Luray

Parks · Nature · Trails · Museums

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.
On the 31st (Fri), appreciate the history behind U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, then get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, then contemplate the long history of Arlington National Cemetery, and finally don't miss a visit to John F. Kennedy Grave Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at National Museum of the Marine Corps, then see the interesting displays at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Ono Brewing Company.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Arlington trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Luray to Arlington by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Luray in July since evenings lows in Arlington dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Virginia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Wineries & Vineyards · Specialty Museums
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.