13 days in Virginia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Virginia tour itinerary planner
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Richmond
— 2 nights
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Charlottesville
— 3 nights
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Fredericksburg
— 2 nights
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Virginia Beach
— 3 nights
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Richmond — 2 nights

The River City

The capital city of Virginia, Richmond has diverse architecture, a large collection of monuments, and world-class museums that reveal the city's important role in American history.
Step off the beaten path and head to Edgar Allan Poe Museum and Virginia Capitol Building. Get some historical perspective at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church and Hollywood Cemetery. Get out of town with these interesting Richmond side-trips: Williamsburg (Jamestown Glasshouse, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, &more). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Agecroft Hall & Gardens, brush up on your military savvy at White House of the Confederacy, take a stroll through Carytown, and take an in-depth tour of Virginia Holocaust Museum.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Richmond online visit planner.

Sydney, Australia to Richmond is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -15 hour difference. In January, Richmond is much colder than Sydney - with highs of 9°C and lows of -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Charlottesville.
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Charlottesville — 3 nights

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.
Amazement Square and The Car and Carriage Caravan Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Appomattox Court House National Historical Park and James Monroe's Highland. Get out of town with these interesting Charlottesville side-trips: James Madison's Montpelier (in Montpelier Station), Appomattox (The American Civil War Museum - Appomattox & McLean House) and Grand Caverns (in Grottoes). Next up on the itinerary: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, look for gifts at Valley Pike Farm Market, and admire the landmark architecture of University of Virginia.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Charlottesville trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Richmond to Charlottesville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Charlottesville, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Fredericksburg.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries
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Fredericksburg — 2 nights

Fredericksburg is an independent city located in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the Eastern United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Stratford Hall, take in nature's colorful creations at Historic Kenmore, then steep yourself in history at The Rising Sun Tavern, then browse the exhibits of Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Town. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the history at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, then contemplate the long history of Chatham Manor, then learn about all things military at National Museum of the Marine Corps, and finally admire the masterpieces at Gari Melchers Home and Studio.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Fredericksburg trip website.

Traveling by car from Charlottesville to Fredericksburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Fredericksburg are 8°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Virginia Beach.
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Virginia Beach — 3 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.
Appreciate the collections at Military Aviation Museum and Chrysler Museum of Art. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sandbridge Beach and First Landing State Park. Get out of town with these interesting Virginia Beach side-trips: Virginia Living Museum (in Newport News) and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown (in Yorktown). There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, take an in-depth tour of MacArthur Memorial, identify plant and animal life at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, and contemplate the long history of Cape Henry Lighthouse.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Virginia Beach road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Fredericksburg to Virginia Beach takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Virginia Beach when traveling from Fredericksburg in January, with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
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Virginia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Wineries & Vineyards · Gardens
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.
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