16 days in Virginia Itinerary

16 days in Virginia Itinerary

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16 days in Virginia Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Drive:  2​h 30​min
1
Galax
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Appomattox
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Charlottesville
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Luray
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Arlington
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Williamsburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Virginia Beach
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Charlotte

1
night
Galax

Galax ©
Galax is an independent city in the southwestern part of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): do a tasting at Mt Vale Vineyards, examine the collection at Blue Ridge Music Center, then get to know the fascinating history of Big Pencil, and finally steep yourself in history at Haller-Gibboney Rock House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Foggy Ridge Cider, then take some stellar pictures from Lovers Leap Scenic Overlook, then steep yourself in history at Mabry Mill, and finally do a tasting at Chateau Morrisette Winery.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Galax trip planner .

Charlotte to Galax is an approximately 2-hour car ride. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Charlotte in May; daily highs in Galax reach 71°F and lows reach 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Appomattox.

Things to do in Galax

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Wytheville, Meadows of Dan, Foggy Ridge Cider, Chateau Morrisette Winery
Highlights from your plan
Mt Vale Vineyards ©
Mt Vale Vineyards
Blue Ridge Music Center ©
Blue Ridge Music Center
Mabry Mill ©
Mabry Mill

1
night
Appomattox

Appomattox ©
Appomattox is a town in Appomattox County, Virginia, United States. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): brush up on your military savvy at The American Civil War Museum - Appomattox, contemplate the long history of McLean House, then explore the striking landscape of Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, and finally take in the history at Appomattox Station Battlefield Park.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Appomattox route maker tool .

You can drive from Galax to Appomattox in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in May, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Appomattox

Historic Sites Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan

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.
Explore Charlottesville's surroundings by going to James Madison's Montpelier (in Montpelier Station), Bold Rock Hard Cider (in Nellysford) and Orange (James Madison Museum & St. Thomas Parish Church). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Monticello, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, steep yourself in history at James Monroe's Highland, and do a tasting at King Family Vineyards.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Charlottesville attractions planning app .

Drive from Appomattox to Charlottesville in 1.5 hours. May in Charlottesville sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Luray.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites Tours Shopping

Side Trips

Orange, Bold Rock Hard Cider, James Madison's Montpelier, King Family Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Monticello ©
Monticello
James Madison's Montpelier ©
James Madison's Montpelier
Bold Rock Hard Cider ©
Bold Rock Hard Cider

2
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.
On the 22nd (Wed), brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Copper Fox Distillery, then cruise along Skyline Drive, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Luray Caverns. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at R.H. Ballard Shop & Gallery, learn about winemaking at Little Washington Winery, then do a tasting at Rappahannock Cellars, and finally contemplate the long history of Shenandoah Valley Cultural Heritage Museum at The Edinburg Mill.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Luray trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Charlottesville to Luray in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. In May, daytime highs in Luray are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Arlington.

Things to do in Luray

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Washington, Copper Fox Distillery, Skyline Drive, Rappahannock Cellars, Shenandoah Valley Cultural Heritage Museum at The Edinburg Mill
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
Copper Fox Distillery ©
Copper Fox Distillery

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, then contemplate the long history of Arlington National Cemetery, then take a stroll through Old Town, and finally appreciate the history behind U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of George Washington's Mount Vernon, then examine the collection at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, and then do a tasting at Zephaniah Farm Vineyard.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Arlington trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from Luray to Arlington in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Arlington when traveling from Luray in May, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Old Town, Zephaniah Farm Vineyard, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, George Washington's Mount Vernon
Highlights from your plan
Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery
Old Town ©
Old Town
Zephaniah Farm Vineyard ©
Zephaniah Farm Vineyard

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Richmond (Virginia Museum of Fine Arts & Carytown). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 26th (Sun) at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Colonial Williamsburg, look for gifts at Silver Hand Meadery, step aboard Jamestown Settlement, and browse the exhibits of Historic Jamestowne.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Williamsburg trip app .

Traveling by car from Arlington to Williamsburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. In May in Williamsburg, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Richmond
Highlights from your plan
Busch Gardens Williamsburg ©
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Bassett Hall ©
Bassett Hall
Silver Hand Meadery ©
Silver Hand Meadery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Virginia Beach, take in the waterfront at Virginia Beach Boardwalk, and then kick back and relax at Sandbridge Beach. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Chrysler Museum of Art, examine the collection at Nauticus, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Tarnished Truth Distilling Company.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Virginia Beach trip planner .

You can drive from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. In May in Virginia Beach, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Museums Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Norfolk
Highlights from your plan
Chrysler Museum of Art ©
Chrysler Museum of Art
Virginia Beach ©
Virginia Beach
Sandbridge Beach ©
Sandbridge Beach

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