12 days in Virginia Itinerary

12 days in Virginia Itinerary

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12 days in Virginia Itinerary

Start: Paducah
Fly:  7​h
1
Virginia Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Williamsburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Arlington
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
New Kent
— 1 night
Drive:  11​h 30​min
End: Paducah

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Virginia, observe the fascinating underwater world at Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, then walk around Neptune's Park, and finally pause for some photo ops at King Neptune Statue on the Boardwalk. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Charles Beach, then appreciate the history behind Norwegian Lady Statue, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Virginia Beach trip planner .

Paducah to Virginia Beach is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May in Virginia Beach, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Cape Charles Beach, Children's Museum of Virginia
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Children's Museum of Virginia ©
Children's Museum of Virginia
Neptune's Park ©
Neptune's Park

3
nights
Williamsburg

Williamsburg ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Virginia Living Museum and Room Escape Games. Attractions like Jamestown Settlement and Water Country USA make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Historic Jamestowne, make a trip to Colonial Williamsburg Capitol Building, admire the landmark architecture of Wren Building, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Williamsburg trip planner.

Traveling by car from Virginia Beach to Williamsburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in May, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Arlington.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Yorktown Battlefield, Virginia Living Museum
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Jamestown Settlement ©
Jamestown Settlement
Virginia Living Museum ©
Virginia Living Museum
Water Country USA ©
Water Country USA

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.
Bring the kids along to The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring and Gravelly Point Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Arlington House - The Robert E. Lee Memorial and John F. Kennedy Grave Site. There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, pause for some photo ops at U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and grab your bike and head to Mount Vernon Trail.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Arlington online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Williamsburg to Arlington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In May in Arlington, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to New Kent.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trip

The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring
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Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery
The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring ©
The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring
Gravelly Point Park
Gravelly Point Park

1
night
New Kent

New Kent ©
New Kent is a census-designated place (CDP) in and the county seat of New Kent County, Virginia, United States. On the 30th (Sat), examine the collection at Pamunkey Indian Tribe Museum, learn about winemaking at New Kent Winery, and then do a tasting at Saude Creek Vineyards. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Chelsea Plantation, then do a tasting at Gauthier Vineyard, and then immerse yourself in nature at Belle Isle State Park.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the New Kent road trip site .

Explore your travel options from Arlington to New Kent with the Route module. In May, daytime highs in New Kent are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New Kent

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trips

Gauthier Vineyard, Belle Isle State Park, Pamunkey Indian Tribe Museum, Saude Creek Vineyards, Chelsea Plantation
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Saude Creek Vineyards ©
Saude Creek Vineyards
Belle Isle State Park ©
Belle Isle State Park
New Kent Winery ©
New Kent Winery

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