15 days in Virginia Itinerary

15 days in Virginia Itinerary

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15 days in Virginia Itinerary

Start: Norfolk
Drive:  30​min
1
Virginia Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Richmond
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Charlottesville
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Shenandoah National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Arlington
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
End: Norfolk

2
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Virginia Beach side-trips: Williamsburg (Busch Gardens Williamsburg & Water Country USA). The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Virginia Beach Boardwalk, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, and kick back and relax at Virginia Beach.

For photos and more tourist information, read Virginia Beach trip planner .

Norfolk to Virginia Beach is an approximately half hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of tram and bus. In June in Virginia Beach, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Richmond.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Theme Parks Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Williamsburg
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Busch Gardens Williamsburg ©
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Virginia Beach Boardwalk ©
Virginia Beach Boardwalk
Virginia Beach ©
Virginia Beach

3
nights
Richmond

Richmond ©
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Richmond: Williamsburg (Governor's Palace, Historic Jamestowne, & more). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, explore and take pictures at Maymont, and steep yourself in history at St. John's Episcopal Church.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Richmond online trip maker .

Getting from Virginia Beach to Richmond by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Richmond can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Richmond

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Williamsburg
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Colonial Williamsburg ©
Colonial Williamsburg
Historic Jamestowne ©
Historic Jamestowne
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts ©
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

3
nights
Charlottesville

Charlottesville ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Charlottesville: James Madison's Montpelier (in Montpelier Station), Luray (Luray Caverns & Stony Man Mountain Hike) and Historic Sandusky (in Lynchburg). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Monticello, admire the landmark architecture of University of Virginia, explore the striking landscape of Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, and gain insight at Virginia Military Institute.

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

Getting from Richmond to Charlottesville by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Luray, Virginia Military Institute, Historic Sandusky, Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, James Madison's Montpelier
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Monticello ©
Monticello
Luray Caverns ©
Luray Caverns
Stony Man Mountain Hike ©
Stony Man Mountain Hike

3
nights
Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park ©
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Explore Shenandoah National Park's surroundings by going to Virginia Military Institute (in Lexington), Copper Fox Distillery (in Sperryville) and Luray (Birdsong Pleasure Garden & Stony Man Mountain Hike). There's much more to do: hike along Old Rag Mountain Hike, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bearfence Mountain, and stroll through Appalachian Trail.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Shenandoah National Park using our trip planner.

Getting from Charlottesville to Shenandoah National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Arlington.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Luray, Virginia Military Institute, Copper Fox Distillery
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Appalachian Trail ©
Appalachian Trail
Old Rag Mountain Hike ©
Old Rag Mountain Hike
Bearfence Mountain ©
Bearfence Mountain

3
nights
Arlington

Arlington ©
Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county of Arlington blends big city and sprawling suburban environments.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Arlington: National Museum of the Marine Corps (in Triangle), Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (in Chantilly) and George Washington's Mount Vernon (in Mount Vernon). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Arlington National Cemetery, wander the streets of Old Town, explore the landscape on two wheels at Mount Vernon Trail, and appreciate the history behind U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Arlington trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Shenandoah National Park to Arlington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, bus, and subway; or do a combination of taxi and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

George Washington's Mount Vernon, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Old Town, National Museum of the Marine Corps
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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center ©
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

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