12 days in Virginia Itinerary

12 days in Virginia Itinerary

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12 days in Virginia Itinerary

Start: Buffalo
Fly:  3​h 15​min
1
Arlington
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Chincoteague Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Virginia Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Williamsburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Charlottesville
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Luray
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Buffalo

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Arlington

Arlington ©
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 (Mon): make a trip to John F. Kennedy Grave Site, then contemplate the long history of Arlington National Cemetery, and then take a stroll through Old Town.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Arlington online trip itinerary maker .

Buffalo to Arlington is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Buffalo in May: high temperatures in Arlington hover around 76°F and lows are around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Chincoteague Island.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Old Town
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery

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Chincoteague Island

Chincoteague Island ©
Famous for a wild breed of horses--Chincoteague Ponies--Chincoteague Island embraces the mystery of some of North America’s oldest inhabitants.
On the 21st (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Keep things going the next day: see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Chincoteague Island route builder tool .

Traveling by car from Arlington to Chincoteague Island takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Chincoteague Island can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Chincoteague Island

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge ©
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

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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.
Visiting Virginia Beach and Sandbridge Beach will get you outdoors. Attractions like Grommet Island Park and Croatan Beach make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: take a leisurely stroll along Virginia Beach Boardwalk, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, sample the fine beverages at Tarnished Truth Distilling Company, and see the interesting displays at Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Virginia Beach trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Chincoteague Island to Virginia Beach in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in May, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Virginia Beach ©
Virginia Beach
Sandbridge Beach ©
Sandbridge Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours

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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Jamestown Settlement. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Colonial Williamsburg, do a tasting at Silver Hand Meadery, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Alewerks Brewing Company, and take an in-depth tour of Historic Jamestowne.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Williamsburg trip planner .

Getting from Virginia Beach to Williamsburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. May in Williamsburg sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Yorktown Beach
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Busch Gardens Williamsburg ©
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Jamestown Settlement ©
Jamestown Settlement
Yorktown Beach ©
Yorktown Beach

1
night
Charlottesville

Charlottesville ©
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 29th (Wed), learn about winemaking at King Family Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Albemarle CiderWorks, and then admire the natural beauty at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Charlottesville travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Williamsburg to Charlottesville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Charlottesville, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Luray.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Wineries Shopping Parks

Side Trips

King Family Vineyards, Albemarle CiderWorks
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King Family Vineyards ©
King Family Vineyards
Albemarle CiderWorks ©
Albemarle CiderWorks
Thomas Jefferson's Monticello ©
Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): sample the fine beverages at River Hill Wine & Spirits, take a memorable drive along Skyline Drive, and then explore the stunning scenery at Luray Caverns. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): trek along Limberlost Trail, trek along Stony Man Mountain Hike, then sample the tasty concoctions at Pen Druid Brewing, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Copper Fox Distillery.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Luray trip site .

You can drive from Charlottesville to Luray in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. May in Luray sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Luray

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Shenandoah National Park, Sperryville
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Luray Caverns ©
Luray Caverns
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
Stony Man Mountain Hike ©
Stony Man Mountain Hike

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