12 days in Virginia Itinerary

12 days in Virginia Itinerary

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12 days in Virginia Itinerary

Start: Roanoke
Drive:  2​h 30​min
1
Luray
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Arlington
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Virginia Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Richmond
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
End: Roanoke

2
nights
Luray

Luray ©
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.
Explore Luray's surroundings by going to Monticello (in Charlottesville) and Shenandoah National Park (Old Rag Mountain Hike & Skyline Drive). Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Luray Caverns, trek along Kennedy Peak Hike, sample the fine beverages at Copper Fox Distillery, and do a tasting at River Hill Wine & Spirits.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Luray online trip itinerary maker .

Roanoke to Luray is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. In November, daytime highs in Luray are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Arlington.

Things to do in Luray

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Shenandoah National Park, Monticello, Copper Fox Distillery
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Old Rag Mountain Hike ©
Old Rag Mountain Hike
Monticello ©
Monticello
Luray Caverns ©
Luray Caverns

3
nights
Arlington

Arlington ©
Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county of Arlington blends big city and sprawling suburban environments.
Venture out of the city with trips to National Museum of the Marine Corps (in Triangle), Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (in Chantilly) and Aslin Brewery (in Herndon). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Arlington National Cemetery, get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, admire the striking features of George Washington's Mount Vernon, and make a trip to John F. Kennedy Grave Site.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Arlington travel route tool .

Traveling by car from Luray to Arlington takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. Traveling from Luray in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Arlington, with lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Aslin Brewery, Old Town, George Washington's Mount Vernon, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, National Museum of the Marine Corps
Highlights from your plan
Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center ©
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Virginia Beach: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (in Williamsburg), Old Point Comfort Lighthouse (in Hampton) and Smithfield (The Christmas Store & St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum). And it doesn't end there: take a leisurely stroll along Virginia Beach Boardwalk, browse the exhibits of The Mariners' Museum & Park, sample the fine beverages at Tarnished Truth Distilling Company, and learn about all things military at Military Aviation Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Virginia Beach trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Arlington to Virginia Beach takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Virginia Beach are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Richmond.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Museums Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Smithfield, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, The Mariners' Museum & Park, Old Point Comfort Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Busch Gardens Williamsburg ©
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Virginia Beach Boardwalk ©
Virginia Beach Boardwalk
Tarnished Truth Distilling Company ©

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Richmond side-trips: Williamsburg (Colonial Williamsburg, Historic Jamestowne, & more). There's more to do: explore the world behind art at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and explore the different monuments and memorials at Blandford Church and Cemetery.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Richmond planning website .

Getting from Virginia Beach to Richmond by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Richmond when traveling from Virginia Beach in November, with lows around 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Richmond

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Williamsburg, Blandford Church and Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Colonial Williamsburg ©
Colonial Williamsburg
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts ©
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Historic Jamestowne ©
Historic Jamestowne

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