15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States itinerary planner

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Washington DC
— 5 nights
Drive
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Shenandoah National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Charlottesville
— 1 night
Drive
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Chesapeake
— 3 nights
Drive
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Richmond
— 1 night
Drive
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Alexandria
— 2 nights

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Washington DC

— 5 nights
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.
Let the collections at National Air and Space Museum and Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens capture your imagination. You'll discover tucked-away gems like National Museum of African American History and Culture and The National Archives Museum. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Renwick Gallery and take an in-depth tour of National Portrait Gallery.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Washington DC trip itinerary planning app.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Washington DC. In October, daytime highs in Washington DC are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Shenandoah National Park

— 2 nights
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
On the 25th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Port Republic Museum, learn about all things military at Augusta Military Academy Museum, and then do a tasting at Stone Mountain Vineyards. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Limberlost Trail, trek along Old Rag Mountain Hike, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Cedar Mountain Battlefield.

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Traveling by car from Washington DC to Shenandoah National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Washington DC in October since evenings lows in Shenandoah National Park dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Historic Sites · Museums · Trails · Parks

Side Trips

Charlottesville

— 1 night

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Monticello. Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Monticello.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Charlottesville itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Shenandoah National Park to Charlottesville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. October in Charlottesville sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Chesapeake.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Parks · Historic Sites
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Chesapeake

— 3 nights
Chesapeake is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Discover out-of-the-way places like Military Aviation Museum and St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Barker House and 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse. Explore Chesapeake's surroundings by going to Fort Monroe's Casemate Museum (in Hampton) and Edenton (Historic Edenton State Historic Site & Edenton National Fish Hatchery). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Chrysler Museum of Art, get engrossed in the history at MacArthur Memorial, see the interesting displays at Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, and experience rural life at Hickory Ridge Farm.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Chesapeake route planning site.

Drive from Charlottesville to Chesapeake in 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Chesapeake are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Richmond.

Things to do in Chesapeake

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Richmond

— 1 night

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.
To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Richmond road trip planning site.

You can drive from Chesapeake to Richmond in 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Richmond can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Alexandria.

Things to do in Richmond

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Alexandria

— 2 nights
Just a few metro stops away from the bustle of Washington D.C., Alexandria provides a respite from the fast-paced capital.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at Alexandria National Cemetery, then steep yourself in history at Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House, then stroll the grounds of Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Alfred Street Baptist Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Basilica of Saint Mary, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Presbyterian Meeting House, and then get engrossed in the history at Gadsby's Tavern Museum.

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You can drive from Richmond to Alexandria in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and subway; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in November, and nighttime lows around 42°F.

Things to do in Alexandria

Historic Sites · Museums

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.