12 days in Virginia Itinerary

12 days in Virginia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Virginia travel planner

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Ferry to Billy Bishop Toronto City, Fly to Norfolk
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Virginia Beach
— 2 nights
Drive
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Williamsburg
— 3 nights
Drive
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Charlottesville
— 1 night
Drive
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Shenandoah National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Luray
— 1 night
Drive
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Arlington
— 2 nights
Fly

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at First Landing State Park. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: observe the fascinating underwater world at Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, then take a leisurely stroll along Virginia Beach Boardwalk, and then kick back and relax at Virginia Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Virginia Beach day trip planning app.

Toronto, Canada to Virginia Beach is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of ferry and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Toronto in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Virginia Beach: highs are around 35°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Childrens Museums

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.
Bring the kids along to Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Colonial Williamsburg, witness the site of a historic battle at American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, take a tour of Jamestown Settlement, and pause for some serene contemplation at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Williamsburg travel 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 August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

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 16th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Monticello, relax in the rural setting at Carter Mountain Orchard, then gain insight at University of Virginia, and finally view the masterpieces at C'ville Arts: A Cooperative Gallery.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Charlottesville online holiday planner.

You can drive from Williamsburg to Charlottesville in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, Charlottesville is little chillier than Williamsburg - with highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Shenandoah National Park

— 2 nights
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Dark Hollow Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Old Rag Mountain Hike, and then hike along Limberlost Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): stroll the grounds of Dean Cemetery, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bearfence Mountain, and then cruise along Skyline Drive.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Shenandoah National Park trip tool.

You can drive from Charlottesville to Shenandoah National Park in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Luray.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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 19th (Wed): get your game on at The Garden Maze, then see the interesting displays at Luray Valley Museum & Shenandoah Heritage Village, then get engrossed in the history at The Car and Carriage Caravan Museum, and finally take in breathtaking views at Luray Caverns.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Luray online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Shenandoah National Park to Luray takes 1.5 hours. August in Luray sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Arlington.

Things to do in Luray

Museums · Nature · Parks · Fun & Games

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): appreciate the history behind U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, then stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, and finally make a trip to John F. Kennedy Grave Site. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, then admire the landmark architecture of George Washington's Mount Vernon, then stroll around Shirlington Dog Park, and finally pause for some photo ops at Air Force Memorial.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Arlington vacation builder tool.

You can drive from Luray to Arlington in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. Traveling from Luray in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 25°C in Arlington. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

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.