15 days in Virginia Itinerary

15 days in Virginia Itinerary

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15 days in Virginia Itinerary

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

2
nights
Arlington

Arlington ©
Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county of Arlington blends big city and sprawling suburban environments.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Arlington: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (in Chantilly), George Washington's Mount Vernon (in Mount Vernon) and National Museum of the Marine Corps (in Triangle). There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Arlington National Cemetery, pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, contemplate the long history of Little Library, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Vernon Trail.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Arlington trip itinerary maker .

Detroit to Arlington is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Detroit in October, with highs in Arlington at 71°F and lows at 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Luray.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites Museums Trails

Side Trips

Little Library, National Museum of the Marine Corps, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, George Washington's Mount Vernon
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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

3
nights
Luray

Luray ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Luray: SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts (in Elkton), Shenandoah National Park (Skyline Drive & Appalachian Trail) and Winchester (Rocking S Ranch & Virginia Museum of Veiled History). There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Luray Caverns, tour the pleasant surroundings at Stony Man Mountain Overlook, pick up some local products at Moving Meadows Farm, and admire the natural beauty at Birdsong Pleasure Garden.

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

Traveling by car from Arlington to Luray takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Luray when traveling from Arlington in October, with lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Luray

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Shenandoah National Park, Winchester, SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts, Copper Fox Distillery, Moving Meadows Farm
Highlights from your plan
Rocking S Ranch ©
Rocking S Ranch
Luray Caverns ©
Luray Caverns
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Charlottesville side-trips: Virginia Military Institute (in Lexington), Old Rag Mountain Hike (in Shenandoah National Park) and Brownsburg Museum (in Brownsburg). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Monticello, brush up on your military savvy at Vietnam War Foundation Museum, don't miss a visit to Canal Basin Square, and explore the striking landscape of Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Charlottesville trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Luray to Charlottesville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in October, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Richmond.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Old Rag Mountain Hike, Virginia Military Institute, Natural Bridge State Park, Brownsburg Museum, Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Old Rag Mountain Hike ©
Old Rag Mountain Hike
Monticello ©
Monticello
Carter Mountain Orchard ©
Carter Mountain Orchard

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Richmond side-trips: Williamsburg (Historic Jamestowne, Jamestown Settlement, & more). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Episcopal Church, and take in nature's colorful creations at Maymont.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Richmond online road trip planner .

Getting from Charlottesville to Richmond by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In October, daytime highs in Richmond are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Richmond

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Williamsburg
Highlights from your plan
Colonial Williamsburg ©
Colonial Williamsburg
Historic Jamestowne ©
Historic Jamestowne
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts ©
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Virginia Beach: St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum (in Smithfield), Busch Gardens Williamsburg (in Williamsburg) and The Mariners' Museum & Park (in Newport News). There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront at Virginia Beach Boardwalk, brush up on your military savvy at Military Aviation Museum, appreciate the history behind Virginia Beach Law Enforcement Memorial, and enjoy the sand and surf at Virginia Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Virginia Beach trip builder website .

Drive from Richmond to Virginia Beach in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. October in Virginia Beach sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Museums Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Busch Gardens Williamsburg, The Mariners' Museum & Park, Chrysler Museum of Art, St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum
Highlights from your plan
Busch Gardens Williamsburg ©
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Virginia Beach Boardwalk ©
Virginia Beach Boardwalk
Military Aviation Museum ©
Military Aviation Museum

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