19 days in Virginia Itinerary

19 days in Virginia Itinerary

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Arlington
— 2 nights
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Luray
— 2 nights
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Charlottesville
— 3 nights
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Richmond
— 4 nights
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Virginia Beach
— 4 nights
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Chincoteague Island
— 3 nights

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Arlington

Arlington ©

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Museum of the Marine Corps and Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center. You'll explore and learn at Stratford Hall and Torpedo Factory Art Center. Get out of town with these interesting Arlington side-trips: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (in Chantilly), Fredericksburg (Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park & The Rising Sun Tavern) and Manassas National Battlefield Park (in Manassas). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Arlington National Cemetery, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and appreciate the history behind Pentagon Memorial.

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Washington DC to Arlington is an approximately half hour car ride. You can also drive; or take a subway. In May in Arlington, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Luray.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Manassas National Battlefield Park ©
Manassas National Battlefield Park
National Museum of the Marine Corps ©
National Museum of the Marine Corps
Stratford Hall ©
Stratford Hall

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Luray

Luray ©

Cabin Capital of Virginia

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Dark Hollow Falls, then trek along Stony Man Mountain Overlook, and then get engrossed in the history at The Car and Carriage Caravan Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Copper Fox Distillery, do a tasting at Little Washington Winery, then shop like a local with R.H. Ballard Shop & Gallery, then explore the fascinating underground world of Shenandoah Caverns, and finally do a tasting at River Hill Wine & Spirits.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Luray online journey planner.

Drive from Arlington to Luray in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. Traveling from Arlington in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 52°F in Luray. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Luray

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Dark Hollow Falls ©
Dark Hollow Falls
Stony Man Mountain Overlook ©
Stony Man Mountain Overlook
Little Washington Winery ©
Little Washington Winery

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Charlottesville

Charlottesville ©

Hoo-Ville

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.
James Madison's Montpelier and Lee Chapel and Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appomattox Court House National Historical Park and Monticello will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Charlottesville with an excursion to Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton--about 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at James Monroe's Highland, admire the landmark architecture of University of Virginia, and learn about winemaking at King Family Vineyards.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Charlottesville online holiday planner.

You can drive from Luray to Charlottesville in 1.5 hours. May in Charlottesville sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Richmond.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites · Shopping · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
James Madison's Montpelier ©
James Madison's Montpelier
Frontier Culture Museum ©
Frontier Culture Museum

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Richmond

Richmond ©

The River City

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hollywood Cemetery and Petersburg National Battlefield Park. Colonial Williamsburg and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Richmond side-trips: Pamplin Historical Park (in Petersburg), Williamsburg (Bruton Parish Episcopal Church & Historic Jamestowne) and Berkeley Plantation (in Charles City). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at White House of the Confederacy, get a taste of the local shopping with Carytown, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Episcopal Church, and stop by For the Love of Chocolate.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Richmond road trip site.

Traveling by car from Charlottesville to Richmond takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Richmond sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Richmond

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
White House of the Confederacy ©
White House of the Confederacy
Pamplin Historical Park ©
Pamplin Historical Park
Berkeley Plantation ©
Berkeley Plantation

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Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach ©

The Resort City

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.
You'll explore and learn at Military Aviation Museum and St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Art Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Cape Charles Beach (in Cape Charles), Yorktown Beach (in Yorktown) and New Point Comfort Lighthouse (in Port Haywood). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Cape Henry Lighthouse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Croatan Beach, kick back and relax at Sandbridge Beach, and immerse yourself in nature at First Landing State Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Virginia Beach route maker tool.

You can drive from Richmond to Virginia Beach in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Chincoteague Island.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Military Aviation Museum ©
Military Aviation Museum
St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum ©
St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum
Sandbridge Beach ©
Sandbridge Beach

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Chincoteague Island

Famous for a wild breed of horses--Chincoteague Ponies--Chincoteague Island embraces the mystery of some of North America’s oldest inhabitants.
Head to Pony Tails and Tryfan Galleryfor some retail therapy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Assateague Lighthouse and Beebe Ranch. Spend the 28th (Thu) exploring nature at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of Chincoteague.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Chincoteague Island travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Virginia Beach to Chincoteague Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Virginia Beach in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Chincoteague Island: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Chincoteague Island

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Assateague Lighthouse ©
Assateague Lighthouse
Museum of Chincoteague ©
Museum of Chincoteague

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