19 days in Northern Virginia & Shenandoah National Park Itinerary

19 days in Northern Virginia & Shenandoah National Park Itinerary

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Alexandria
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Shenandoah National Park
— 3 nights
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Chantilly
— 3 nights
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Arlington
— 3 nights
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Purcellville
— 3 nights
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Mount Vernon
— 3 nights
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Leesburg
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Alexandria

— 1 day
Just a few metro stops away from the bustle of Washington D.C., Alexandria provides a respite from the fast-paced capital.
You've now added Great Falls Park to your itinerary. On the 16th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Great Falls Park, don't miss a visit to John F. Kennedy Grave Site, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Arlington National Cemetery, then get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and finally contemplate the long history of Old Town.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Alexandria road trip app.

Washington DC to Alexandria is an approximately half hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Alexandria can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Alexandria

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Shenandoah National Park

— 3 nights
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Dark Hollow Falls, trek along Old Rag Mountain Hike, and then work some fitness into your day at Limberlost Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Mary's Rock Summit Trail and then cruise along Skyline Drive.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Shenandoah National Park travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Alexandria to Shenandoah National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in May, and nighttime lows around 55°F. On the 19th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Chantilly.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Chantilly

— 3 nights
Chantilly is a census-designated place (CDP) in western Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. Chantilly is known for museums, historic sites, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, witness the site of a historic battle at Ox Hill Battlefield Park, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Ono Brewing Company, and contemplate the long history of Little Library.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Chantilly day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Shenandoah National Park to Chantilly takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May in Chantilly, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Arlington.

Things to do in Chantilly

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Arlington

— 3 nights

National History, Local Flavor

Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county of Arlington blends big city and sprawling suburban environments.
On the 23rd (Sat), step off the mainland to explore Theodore Roosevelt Island Park, then contemplate the long history of Arlington House - The Robert E. Lee Memorial, and then pause for some photo ops at U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial. Keep things going the next day: grab your bike and head to Mount Vernon Trail, then admire the striking features of Rosslyn Metro Station, and then stroll around Gravelly Point Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Arlington itinerary planner.

Arlington is very close to Chantilly. In May, daytime highs in Arlington are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Purcellville.

Things to do in Arlington

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Purcellville

— 3 nights
Purcellville is a town in Loudoun County, Virginia, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to The Point (in Harpers Ferry) and Trinity Episcopal Church (in Upperville). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Washington & Old Dominion Trail, do a tasting at Sunset Hills Vineyard, stroll around Franklin Park, and make a trip to John Brown's Fort.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Purcellville trip planner.

Drive from Arlington to Purcellville in an hour. In May in Purcellville, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mount Vernon.

Things to do in Purcellville

Wineries · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mount Vernon

— 3 nights
Mount Vernon is a census-designated place (CDP) and unincorporated community in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. On the 29th (Fri), experience rural life at National Colonial Farm, admire the striking features of George Washington's Mount Vernon, and then steep yourself in history at Birthplace National Monument. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Ford Orientation Center, steep yourself in history at George Mason's Gunston Hall, then walk around Pohick Bay Regional Park, and finally make a splash at Pirate's Cove Water Park.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Mount Vernon trip planning website.

Getting from Purcellville to Mount Vernon by car takes about 1.5 hours. May in Mount Vernon sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Leesburg.

Things to do in Mount Vernon

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Leesburg

— 3 nights
Leesburg is a historic town within and the county seat of Loudoun County, Virginia. Venture out of the city with trips to Frederick (Historic Downtown Frederick & Monocacy National Battlefield). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Morven Park, do a tasting at Fabbioli Cellars, go for a walk through Oatlands Historic House & Garden, and sample the tasty concoctions at Vanish Brewery.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Leesburg online visit planner.

Drive from Mount Vernon to Leesburg in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daytime highs in Leesburg are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. You will leave for home on the 3rd (Wed).

Things to do in Leesburg

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Wineries

Side Trips