15 days in Virginia & Kentucky Itinerary

15 days in Virginia & Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States holiday planner

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Drive to Manchester Airport, Fly to Newport News Williamsburg International Airport, Drive to Williamsburg
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Williamsburg
— 2 nights
Drive
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Charlottesville
— 1 night
Drive
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Shenandoah National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Arlington
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lexington
— 3 nights
Drive
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Louisville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mammoth Cave National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Abingdon
— 2 nights
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Drive to Tri-Cities Regional TN/VA Airport, Fly to Manchester Airport, Drive to Nottingham

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Williamsburg

— 2 nights

Colonial Capital

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.
On the 24th (Sun), make a trip to Colonial Williamsburg, go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, and then cool off at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Jamestown Settlement and then take an in-depth tour of Historic Jamestowne.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Williamsburg online trip maker.

Nottingham, UK to Williamsburg is an approximately 17-hour combination of car and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nottingham in October: high temperatures in Williamsburg hover around 28°C and lows are around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): relax in the rural setting at Carter Mountain Orchard, stroll through Monticello, and then steep yourself in history at Mulberry Row.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Charlottesville trip planner.

You can drive from Williamsburg to Charlottesville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Williamsburg in October since evenings lows in Charlottesville dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites · Parks

Shenandoah National Park

— 1 night
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
On the 27th (Wed), explore the activities along Skyline Drive, look for gifts at SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts, and then trek along Old Rag Mountain Hike.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Shenandoah National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Charlottesville to Shenandoah National Park takes 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Shenandoah National Park can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Arlington.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Nature

Side Trip

Arlington

— 2 nights

National History, Local Flavor

Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county of Arlington blends big city and sprawling suburban environments.
On the 28th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and then examine the collection at National Museum of the Marine Corps. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, contemplate the long history of Arlington National Cemetery, and then make a trip to John F. Kennedy Grave Site.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Arlington trip builder.

Getting from Shenandoah National Park to Arlington by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and subway. October in Arlington sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can fly to Lexington.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Lexington

— 3 nights

Horse Capital of the World

Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Venture out of the city with trips to Salato Wildlife Education Center (in Frankfort), Sun Valley Farm (in Versailles) and Ark Encounter (in Williamstown). There's still lots to do: try your luck at Keeneland, relax in the rural setting at Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm, look for all kinds of wild species at Unique Horse Farm Tours, and get engrossed in the history at Mary Todd Lincoln House.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lexington day trip planning app.

You can fly from Arlington to Lexington in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arlington in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Lexington, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Lexington

Wildlife · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Louisville

— 2 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern and then learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour. Here are some ideas for day two: sample the fine beverages at Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery, snap pictures at The Big Four Bridge, and then examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Louisville trip itinerary website.

Drive from Lexington to Louisville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Louisville sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Louisville

Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Parks · Museums

Mammoth Cave National Park

— 1 night
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
On the 4th (Thu), Head underground at Mammoth Cave and then hike along Cedar Sink Trail.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mammoth Cave National Park driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Louisville to Mammoth Cave National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Louisville to Mammoth Cave National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In November in Mammoth Cave National Park, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Abingdon.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Abingdon

— 2 nights
Abingdon is a town in Washington County, Virginia, United States, southwest of Roanoke. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): admire the striking features of The Art Depot, then hike along Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Shuttle Shack.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Abingdon visit planner.

You can fly from Mammoth Cave National Park to Abingdon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park to Abingdon is 1 hour. In November, daily temperatures in Abingdon can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Abingdon

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

Virginia travel guide

4.6
History Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Historic Sites
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.

Kentucky travel guide

4.5
Caves · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
The Bluegrass State
A diverse region of sprawling farmland and rich cultural heritage, Kentucky is the birthplace of American horse racing and home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby. While the cities of Lexington and Louisville experience the majority of the state's tourism, Kentucky is also a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts with its array of natural attractions, including the Cumberland Gap and the world's longest cave system at Mammoth Cave National Park. Take a tour through original Civil War battlefields to delve into the nation's history, or head to one of the many bourbon distilleries to learn more about Kentucky's most famous export.