12 days in Virginia Itinerary

12 days in Virginia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Virginia journey planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Arlington
— 2 nights
Fly
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Charlottesville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Appomattox
— 2 nights
Drive
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Virginia Beach
— 2 nights
Drive
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Williamsburg
— 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.
Get some cultural insight at Arlington National Cemetery and Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Town and The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Change things up with these side-trips from Arlington: Catoctin Creek Distillery (in Purcellville), Greenhill Winery and Vineyards (in Middleburg) and Gari Melchers Home and Studio (in Falmouth). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Carlyle House.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Arlington trip planning site.

Boston to Arlington is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Boston in April; daily highs in Arlington reach 68°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Neighborhoods

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): contemplate the long history of James Madison's Montpelier, do a tasting at Chateau MerrillAnne LLC, and then admire the natural beauty at Monticello. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

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You can fly from Arlington to Charlottesville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. In April, daytime highs in Charlottesville are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Appomattox.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Appomattox

— 2 nights
Appomattox is a town in Appomattox County, Virginia, United States. On the 17th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about all things military at The American Civil War Museum - Appomattox and then steep yourself in history at McLean House.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Appomattox driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Charlottesville to Appomattox in 1.5 hours. In April in Appomattox, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Appomattox

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take in the waterfront at Virginia Beach Boardwalk, then enjoy the sand and surf at Virginia Beach, and then sample the fine beverages at Tarnished Truth Distilling Company. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Charles Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sandbridge Beach.

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Traveling by car from Appomattox to Virginia Beach takes 3.5 hours. April in Virginia Beach sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Williamsburg

— 3 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.
Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown Settlement will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Historic Jamestowne and Berkeley Plantation. Step out of Williamsburg with an excursion to Gauthier Vineyard in Barhamsville--about 34 minutes away. It doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and contemplate the long history of Public Hospital Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Williamsburg day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Virginia Beach to Williamsburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in April, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Virginia travel guide

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History Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Historic Sites
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.