19 days in Northern Virginia & Shenandoah National Park Itinerary

19 days in Northern Virginia & Shenandoah National Park Itinerary

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Start: Washington DC
Drive:  15 min
1
Alexandria
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Shenandoah National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Chantilly
— 3 nights
Drive:  30 min
4
Arlington
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
5
Purcellville
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Mount Vernon
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
7
Leesburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
End: Washington DC

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day
Alexandria

Alexandria ©
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, thenexplore the different monuments and memorials at Arlington National Cemetery, thenget 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 subway. 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

Side Trips

Arlington, Great Falls Park
Highlights from your plan
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery
Old Town ©
Old Town

3
nights
Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park ©
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
Highlights from your plan
Old Rag Mountain Hike ©
Old Rag Mountain Hike
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
Dark Hollow Falls ©
Dark Hollow Falls

3
nights
Chantilly

Chantilly ©
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, get engrossed in the history at NRA National Firearms Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Meadowlark Botanical Garden, and steep yourself in history at Sully Historic Site.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Chantilly day trip planning site.

You can drive from Shenandoah National Park to Chantilly in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ; 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Arlington.

Things to do in Chantilly

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Manassas, Vienna, Reston Town Center, NRA National Firearms Museum
Highlights from your plan
Manassas National Battlefield Park ©
Manassas National Battlefield Park
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center ©
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Meadowlark Botanical Garden ©
Meadowlark Botanical Garden

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nights
Arlington

Arlington ©
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, thencontemplate 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, thenadmire 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 Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Theodore Roosevelt Island Park ©
Theodore Roosevelt Island Park
U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial ©
U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial
Mount Vernon Trail ©
Mount Vernon Trail

3
nights
Purcellville

Purcellville ©
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). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Washington & Old Dominion Trail, learn about winemaking at Sunset Hills Vineyard, steep yourself in history at John Brown's Fort, and sample the fine beverages at Catoctin Creek Distillery.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Purcellville trip app.

Traveling by car from Arlington to Purcellville takes an hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Mount Vernon.

Things to do in Purcellville

Wineries Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Harpers Ferry, Bluemont Vineyard, Trinity Episcopal Church
Highlights from your plan
868 Estate Vineyards ©
868 Estate Vineyards
Catoctin Creek Distillery ©
Catoctin Creek Distillery
The Point ©
The Point

3
nights
Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon ©
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, thenwalk 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 Parks

Side Trips

Lorton, National Colonial Farm
Highlights from your plan
George Washington's Mount Vernon ©
George Washington's Mount Vernon
George Mason's Gunston Hall ©
George Mason's Gunston Hall
Pohick Bay Regional Park ©
Pohick Bay Regional Park

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nights
Leesburg

Leesburg ©
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

Side Trips

Frederick, Wild Hare Hard Cider
Highlights from your plan
Historic Downtown Frederick ©
Historic Downtown Frederick
Morven Park ©
Morven Park
Monocacy National Battlefield ©
Monocacy National Battlefield