15 days in Virginia Itinerary

15 days in Virginia Itinerary

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15 days in Virginia Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Drive:  30​min
1
Arlington
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Virginia Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Williamsburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Charlottesville
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Damascus
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Luray
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
End: Washington DC

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from 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). There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Arlington National Cemetery, walk around Theodore Roosevelt Island Park, take a stroll through Old Town, and pause for some photo ops at U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Arlington trip planner .

Washington DC to Arlington is an approximately half hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in September, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): meet the residents at Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Virginia Beach, and then take a leisurely stroll along Virginia Beach Boardwalk. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Chrysler Museum of Art, then make a trip to Naval Aviation Monument, then brush up on your military savvy at Military Aviation Museum, and finally sample the fine beverages at Tarnished Truth Distilling Company.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Virginia Beach day trip planner .

You can fly from Arlington to Virginia Beach in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Chrysler Museum of Art
Highlights from your plan
Virginia Beach Boardwalk ©
Virginia Beach Boardwalk
Tarnished Truth Distilling Company ©
Military Aviation Museum ©
Military Aviation Museum

3
nights
Williamsburg

Williamsburg ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Williamsburg: Richmond (Virginia Museum of Fine Arts & St. John's Episcopal Church). There's still lots to do: cool off at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, take a tour of Jamestown Settlement, pause for some serene contemplation at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church, and get engrossed in the history at Historic Jamestowne.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Williamsburg fast, fun, and easy.

Drive from Virginia Beach to Williamsburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in September, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Richmond
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Busch Gardens Williamsburg ©
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg ©
Colonial Williamsburg
Jamestown Settlement ©
Jamestown Settlement

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), Natural Bridge State Park (in Natural Bridge) and Old Rag Mountain Hike (in Shenandoah National Park). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Monticello, brush up on your military savvy at Vietnam War Foundation Museum, admire the striking features of University of Virginia, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Episcopal Church.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Charlottesville route planning tool .

Traveling by car from Williamsburg to Charlottesville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Williamsburg in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 60°F in Charlottesville. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Damascus.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

James Madison's Montpelier, Vietnam War Foundation Museum, Virginia Military Institute, Old Rag Mountain Hike, Natural Bridge State Park
Highlights from your plan
Monticello ©
Monticello
Old Rag Mountain Hike ©
Old Rag Mountain Hike
Virginia Military Institute ©
Virginia Military Institute

1
night
Damascus

Damascus ©
Damascus is a town in Washington County, Virginia, United States. On the 12th (Thu), trek along Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail, examine the collection at Fields-Penn 1860 House Museum, and then explore by horseback at Virginia Creeper Trail Club.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Damascus online itinerary builder .

Drive from Charlottesville to Damascus in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Luray.

Things to do in Damascus

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Abingdon
Highlights from your plan
Fields-Penn 1860 House Museum ©
Fields-Penn 1860 House Museum

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rocking S Ranch (in Winchester) and Shenandoah National Park (Skyline Drive & Appalachian Trail). And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Luray Caverns, see the interesting displays at Cooter's in Luray, admire the natural beauty at Birdsong Pleasure Garden, and sample the fine beverages at Copper Fox Distillery.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Luray visit planner .

Traveling by car from Damascus to Luray takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. September in Luray sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Luray

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Shenandoah National Park, Copper Fox Distillery, Rocking S Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Rocking S Ranch ©
Rocking S Ranch
Luray Caverns ©
Luray Caverns
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive

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