12 days in Williamsburg, Washington DC & Gettysburg Itinerary

12 days in Williamsburg, Washington DC & Gettysburg Itinerary

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12 days in Williamsburg, Washington DC & Gettysburg Itinerary

Start: Kalamazoo
Fly + Drive:  10​h
1
Williamsburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Washington DC
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Gettysburg
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Kalamazoo

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bassett Hall and St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum. Governor's Palace and Shirley Plantation will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Williamsburg: Petersburg National Battlefield Park (in Petersburg), Richmond (Hollywood Cemetery & St. John's Episcopal Church) and Berkeley Plantation (in Charles City). And it doesn't end there: take in the history at Yorktown Battlefield, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church, look for gifts at Yankee Candle Company, and take in the exciting artwork at Williamsburg Art Gallery.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Williamsburg online travel route planner .

Kalamazoo to Williamsburg is an approximately 12-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kalamazoo in October: high temperatures in Williamsburg hover around 75°F and lows are around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Washington DC.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Charles City, Yorktown, Richmond, St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum, Petersburg National Battlefield Park
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Governor's Palace ©
Governor's Palace
St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum ©
Petersburg National Battlefield Park ©

4
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like James Madison's Montpelier and Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Calvert Marine Museum and Drum Point Lighthouse. Get out of town with these interesting Washington DC side-trips: Fredericksburg (Chatham Manor & Chatham Manor) and Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center (in Spotsylvania). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Capitol Hill, get a sense of history and politics at United States Capitol, learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and explore the historical opulence of Smithsonian Institution Building.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Washington DC trip maker .

Traveling by car from Williamsburg to Washington DC takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Washington DC are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Fredericksburg, James Madison's Montpelier, Old Town, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center
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James Madison's Montpelier ©
James Madison's Montpelier
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Chatham Manor ©
Chatham Manor

3
nights
Gettysburg

Gettysburg ©
Located near the memorial park marking the site of one of the largest Civil War battles, the town of Gettysburg sits in a landscape of rolling green hills with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance.
Explore hidden gems such as Little Round Top and Shriver House Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Eisenhower National Historic Site and Gettysburg National Cemetery. Go for a jaunt from Gettysburg to Sharpsburg to see Antietam National Battlefield about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Jennie Wade House, walk around Gettysburg National Military Park, take in the history at Abraham Lincoln Statue, and take in the views from Sachs Covered Bridge.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Gettysburg journey planner .

Drive from Washington DC to Gettysburg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Washington DC in November: high temperatures in Gettysburg hover around 53°F and lows are around 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Antietam National Battlefield
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Antietam National Battlefield ©
Antietam National Battlefield
Little Round Top ©
Little Round Top
Gettysburg National Cemetery ©
Gettysburg National Cemetery

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