16 days in Virginia & Washington DC Itinerary

16 days in Virginia & Washington DC Itinerary

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16 days in Virginia & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Virginia Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Williamsburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Appomattox
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Christiansburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Natural Bridge
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Charlottesville
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Shenandoah National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Luray
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
9
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Houston

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.
On the 27th (Thu), visit a coastal fixture at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, then stroll through Currituck Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Virginia, walk around Neptune's Park, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Virginia Beach online journey maker .

Houston to Virginia Beach is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Houston in June, things will get a bit cooler in Virginia Beach: highs are around 85°F and lows about 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Corolla, Children's Museum of Virginia
Highlights from your plan
Currituck Beach ©
Currituck Beach
Neptune's Park ©
Neptune's Park

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): cool off at Water Country USA. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Moore House, then hike along The Noland Trail, then walk around Historic Jamestowne, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Bounce House & Laser Tag.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Williamsburg day trip website .

Drive from Virginia Beach to Williamsburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Appomattox.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trips

Moore House, The Noland Trail
Highlights from your plan
Water Country USA ©
Water Country USA
The Noland Trail ©
The Noland Trail
Historic Jamestowne ©
Historic Jamestowne

1
night
Appomattox

Appomattox ©
Appomattox is a town in Appomattox County, Virginia, United States. On the 1st (Mon), immerse yourself in nature at Holliday Lake State Park, learn about all things military at The American Civil War Museum - Appomattox, then steep yourself in history at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, and finally take in the history at Appomattox Station Battlefield Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Appomattox travel planning tool .

You can drive from Williamsburg to Appomattox in 2.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Williamsburg in July; daily highs in Appomattox reach 86°F and lows reach 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Christiansburg.

Things to do in Appomattox

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan

3
nights
Christiansburg

Christiansburg ©
Christiansburg is a town in Montgomery County, Virginia, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to New River Gorge Bridge and Huckleberry Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Claytor Lake State Park (in Dublin), Pipestem State Park (in Pipestem) and Hinton Railroad Museum (in Hinton). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Cascade Falls, don't miss a visit to Starlite Drive-In, admire the majestic nature at Babcock State Park, and hike along New River Trail State Park.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Christiansburg trip builder .

Traveling by car from Appomattox to Christiansburg takes 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 62°F. On the 5th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Natural Bridge.

Things to do in Christiansburg

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Hinton Railroad Museum, Cascade Falls, New River Gorge Bridge, April 16 Memorial at Virginia Tech, New River Trail State Park
Highlights from your plan
Claytor Lake State Park ©
Claytor Lake State Park
Cascade Falls ©
Cascade Falls
Babcock State Park ©
Babcock State Park

1
night
Natural Bridge

Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge is an unincorporated community in Rockbridge County, Virginia, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): don't miss a visit to The Natural Bridge of Virginia.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Natural Bridge itinerary planner .

You can drive from Christiansburg to Natural Bridge in 1.5 hours. While traveling from Christiansburg, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Natural Bridge, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Natural Bridge

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Peaks of Otter Visitor Center
Highlights from your plan
Virginia Safari Park ©
Virginia Safari Park
Peaks of Otter Visitor Center ©
Peaks of Otter Visitor Center

1
night
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.
On the 7th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Monticello, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then trek along Saunders-Monticello Trail.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Charlottesville trip planner .

You can drive from Natural Bridge to Charlottesville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Natural Bridge in July: high temperatures in Charlottesville hover around 88°F and lows are around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Monticello ©
Monticello

1
night
Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park ©
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
On the 8th (Mon), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the dramatic scenery at Rose River Falls, and then look for gifts at SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Shenandoah National Park day 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 in Shenandoah National Park, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Luray.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trips

Zipline, SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts
Highlights from your plan
Rose River Falls ©
Rose River Falls
SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts ©
SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts

1
night
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.
On the 9th (Tue), trek along Luray Hawksbill Greenway, then examine the collection at Luray Valley Museum, then get your game on at The Garden Maze, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Car and Carriage Caravan Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Luray itinerary planner.

Getting from Shenandoah National Park to Luray by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July in Luray, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Washington DC.

Things to do in Luray

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Luray Hawksbill Greenway ©
Luray Hawksbill Greenway
The Garden Maze ©
The Garden Maze
Luray Valley Museum ©
Luray Valley Museum

2
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, then pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and finally pause for some photo ops at Lincoln Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Great Falls Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Washington DC road trip planner .

Getting from Luray to Washington DC by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Luray in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Washington DC, with lows of 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Great Falls Park, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
Great Falls Park ©
Great Falls Park
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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