16 days in Virginia Itinerary

16 days in Virginia Itinerary

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Virginia Beach
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Virginia Beach — 3 nights

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.
Explore Virginia Beach's surroundings by going to The Noland Trail (in Newport News) and Busch Gardens Williamsburg (in Williamsburg). And it doesn't end there: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Tarnished Truth Distilling Company, take in the waterfront at Virginia Beach Boardwalk, sample some tasty brews at Taste Virginia Tours, and learn about all things military at Military Aviation Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Virginia Beach vacation builder app.

Los Angeles to Virginia Beach is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Virginia Beach due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, you will find days in Virginia Beach are colder (49°F), and nights are slightly colder (32°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can go by car to Richmond.
Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Tours
Side Trips

Richmond — 4 nights

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 Richmond's surroundings by going to Keystone Tractor Works (in Colonial Heights) and Williamsburg (Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, Colonial Williamsburg, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, experience rural life at Maymont, get a sense of history and politics at Virginia Capitol Building, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Blandford Church and Cemetery.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Richmond day trip site.

You can drive from Virginia Beach to Richmond in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Charlottesville.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trips

Charlottesville — 4 nights

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: SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts (in Elkton), Central Virginia Wine Tours & Transportation (in Orange) and Lynchburg Museum & Visitor Services (in Lynchburg). Spend the 8th (Tue) exploring nature at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Monticello, pause for some photo ops at National D-Day Memorial, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and contemplate the long history of The Glass Palette - Interactive Glass Art Studio.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Charlottesville itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Richmond to Charlottesville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in Charlottesville sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 30°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Purcellville.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours
Side Trips

Purcellville — 1 night

Purcellville is a town in Loudoun County, Virginia, United States. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Gallery On Madison and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Catoctin Creek Distillery.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Purcellville trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Charlottesville to Purcellville in 2.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Purcellville are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Alexandria.
Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Shopping
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Alexandria — 3 nights

Just a few metro stops away from the bustle of Washington D.C., Alexandria provides a respite from the fast-paced capital.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Alexandria: National Museum of the Marine Corps (in Triangle) and The Rising Sun Tavern (in Fredericksburg). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, don't miss a visit to John F. Kennedy Grave Site, wander the streets of Old Town, and stop by The Spice & Tea Exchange® of Alexandria.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Alexandria trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Purcellville to Alexandria by car takes about 1.5 hours. February in Alexandria sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks
Side Trips

Virginia travel guide

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.