13 days in Virginia Itinerary

13 days in Virginia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Virginia journey planner

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Fly to Norfolk International Airport, Drive to Virginia Beach
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Virginia Beach
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chincoteague Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Luray
— 3 nights
Drive
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Charlottesville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Richmond
— 3 nights
Fly

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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.
You'll explore and learn at Military Aviation Museum and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. We've included these beaches for you: Sandbridge Beach and Yorktown Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Virginia Beach side-trips: Cape Charles Beach (in Cape Charles) and The Gloucester Museum of History (in Gloucester Point). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at First Landing State Park, examine the collection at Nauticus, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and explore the world behind art at Chrysler Museum of Art.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Virginia Beach travel planner.

Kalamazoo to Virginia Beach is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kalamazoo in July: high temperatures in Virginia Beach hover around 89°F and lows are around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Chincoteague Island.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Chincoteague Island

— 1 night
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 16th (Fri): visit a coastal fixture at Assateague Lighthouse, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Chincoteague, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Chincoteague Island day trip planning site.

Getting from Virginia Beach to Chincoteague Island by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Luray.

Things to do in Chincoteague Island

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Luray

— 3 nights

Cabin Capital of Virginia

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.
Get outdoors at Shenandoah Caverns and Stony Man Mountain Overlook. Attractions like The Car and Carriage Caravan Museum and Bearfence Mountain make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Luray: Dark Hollow Falls (in Shenandoah National Park) and Winchester (Patsy Cline Historic House & Museum of the Shenandoah Valley). The adventure continues: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, explore the stunning scenery at Luray Caverns, and see the interesting displays at Shenandoah Caverns - American Celebration on Parade.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Luray trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Chincoteague Island to Luray in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Chincoteague Island in July, plan for little chillier nights in Luray, with lows around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Luray

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Charlottesville

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): Head underground at Grand Caverns, contemplate the long history of Frontier Culture Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Woodrow Wilson Birthplace. On the next day, stroll through Monticello and then admire the striking features of University of Virginia.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Charlottesville travel route builder app.

You can drive from Luray to Charlottesville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Charlottesville can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Richmond.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Richmond

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Hollywood Cemetery and Chatham Manor. Colonial Williamsburg and George Wythe House will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Richmond: Williamsburg (Bruton Parish Episcopal Church & Wythe Candy and Gourmet Shop), Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center (in Spotsylvania) and Fredericksburg (The Rising Sun Tavern & St George's Episcopal Church). It doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Virginia Holocaust Museum and brush up on your military savvy at White House of the Confederacy.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Richmond online vacation planner.

Drive from Charlottesville to Richmond in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Richmond can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Richmond

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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.