12 days in Virginia Itinerary

12 days in Virginia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Virginia trip planner

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Arlington
— 2 nights
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Charlottesville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Richmond
— 3 nights
Drive
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Norfolk
— 3 nights
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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 14th (Sat), wander the streets of Old Town, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, then stroll the grounds 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 15th (Sun): browse the exhibits of George Washington's Mount Vernon, see the interesting displays at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Ono Brewing Company.

To see reviews and tourist information, read our Arlington trip builder.

Sydney, Australia to Arlington is an approximately 26-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 15 hours traveling from Sydney to Arlington. Traveling from Sydney in March, things will get much colder in Arlington: highs are around 15°C and lows about 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Charlottesville

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Brownsburg Museum, then stop by Artful Gifts, and then examine the collection at Mineral Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Monticello, then steep yourself in history at The Glass Palette - Interactive Glass Art Studio, and then admire the striking features of University of Virginia.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Charlottesville trip planner.

Traveling by car from Arlington to Charlottesville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of subway and train. In March, daytime highs in Charlottesville are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Richmond.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Richmond

— 3 nights

The River City

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.
Explore Richmond's surroundings by going to Williamsburg (Quirks of Art, Historic Jamestowne, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Cemetery, contemplate the long history of African Burial Ground, and relax in the rural setting at Maymont.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Richmond trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Charlottesville to Richmond in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Richmond are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Norfolk.

Things to do in Richmond

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Norfolk

— 3 nights
Norfolk formed around a natural harbor that’s home to the world’s largest naval base, which helped cement the city as a keystone for strategic military planning and government.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): explore the world behind art at Chrysler Museum of Art, sample the fine beverages at Tarnished Truth Distilling Company, then take a leisurely stroll along Virginia Beach Boardwalk, and finally pause for some photo ops at Norwegian Lady Statue. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: witness the site of a historic battle at Nelson House, cool off at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, and then look for gifts at Whitley's Peanut Factory.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Norfolk trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Richmond to Norfolk in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Norfolk

Theme Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping

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.