13 days in Coastal Virginia - Eastern Shore & Gettysburg Itinerary

13 days in Coastal Virginia - Eastern Shore & Gettysburg Itinerary

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13 days in Coastal Virginia - Eastern Shore & Gettysburg Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly + Drive:  10​h
1
Assateague Island
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Virginia Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Williamsburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Chincoteague Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Gettysburg
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Seattle

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day
Assateague Island

Assateague Island ©
On the 2nd (Fri), visit a coastal fixture at Assateague Lighthouse and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Assateague Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Assateague Island trip itinerary maker website .

Seattle to Assateague Island is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 3 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Seattle in August since evenings lows in Assateague Island dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Assateague Island

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Assateague Beach ©
Assateague Beach
Assateague Lighthouse ©
Assateague Lighthouse

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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.
Visit Virginia Beach and Sandbridge Beach for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at Cape Charles Beach and Croatan Beach. There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront at Virginia Beach Boardwalk, see the interesting displays at Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, admire the masterpieces at Chrysler Museum of Art, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Virginia Beach travel itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Assateague Island to Virginia Beach. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Outdoors Beaches Parks

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Cape Charles Beach, Chrysler Museum of Art
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Virginia Beach ©
Virginia Beach
Sandbridge Beach ©
Sandbridge Beach
Chrysler Museum of Art ©
Chrysler Museum of Art

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown Settlement. Popular historic sites such as Historic Jamestowne and Bruton Parish Episcopal Church are in your itinerary. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 8th (Thu) at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Yorktown Beach and steep yourself in history at Bassett Hall.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Williamsburg online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Virginia Beach to Williamsburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Williamsburg can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Chincoteague Island.

Things to do in Williamsburg

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Yorktown Beach
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Colonial Williamsburg ©
Colonial Williamsburg
Historic Jamestowne ©
Historic Jamestowne
Jamestown Settlement ©
Jamestown Settlement

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): get outside with Donald J. Leonard, shop like a local with Tryfan Gallery, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Chincoteague Island route planning app .

You can drive from Williamsburg to Chincoteague Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Williamsburg, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Chincoteague Island, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Chincoteague Island

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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge ©
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Tryfan Gallery ©
Tryfan Gallery

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Antietam National Battlefield and Confederate Trails of Gettysburg. Gettysburg National Military Park and Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Little Round Top, get engrossed in the history at Jennie Wade House, explore the striking landscape at Devils Den, and stroll the grounds of Gettysburg National Cemetery.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Gettysburg tour planner .

Getting from Chincoteague Island to Gettysburg by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi, flight, train, and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Gettysburg when traveling from Chincoteague Island in August, with lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gettysburg

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Antietam National Battlefield
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