20 days in Washington DC & Virginia Itinerary

20 days in Washington DC & Virginia Itinerary

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Washington DC
— 3 nights
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Virginia Beach
— 2 nights
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Williamsburg
— 2 nights
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Charlottesville
— 2 nights
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Lexington
— 2 nights
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Shenandoah National Park
— 2 nights
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Luray
— 4 nights
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Winchester
— 1 night

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Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Washington DC is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, ponder the world of politics at White House, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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Cardiff, UK to Washington DC is an approximately 13-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Cardiff in September, with highs in Washington DC at 32°C and lows at 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Washington DC

Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Norwegian Lady Statue, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Tarnished Truth Distilling Company, then examine the collection at Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, then stroll through Virginia Beach, and finally take in the waterfront at Virginia Beach Boardwalk. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step aboard Battleship Wisconsin, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Virginia Beach route website.

Drive from Washington DC to Virginia Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. In September in Virginia Beach, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Tarnished Truth Distilling Company ©
Tarnished Truth Distilling Company
Virginia Beach Boardwalk ©
Virginia Beach Boardwalk
Battleship Wisconsin ©
Battleship Wisconsin

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Williamsburg

Williamsburg ©

Colonial Capital

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Colonial Williamsburg, contemplate the long history of Governor's Palace, then steep yourself in history at George Wythe House, and finally stop by Wythe Candy and Gourmet Shop.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Williamsburg road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Virginia Beach to Williamsburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a bus. September in Williamsburg sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Highlights from your plan
Colonial Williamsburg ©
Colonial Williamsburg
Governor's Palace ©
Governor's Palace
George Wythe House ©
George Wythe House

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): steep yourself in history at James Madison's Montpelier and then stroll through Monticello. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Canal Basin Square, then contemplate the long history of James Monroe's Highland, then experience rural life at Carter Mountain Orchard, and finally admire the landmark architecture of University of Virginia.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Charlottesville trip maker website.

You can drive from Williamsburg to Charlottesville in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Williamsburg in September, Charlottesville is slightly colder at night with lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Lexington.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Monticello ©
Monticello
James Madison's Montpelier ©
James Madison's Montpelier
Carter Mountain Orchard ©
Carter Mountain Orchard

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Lexington

Lexington ©
Home to two prestigious educational institutions, Lexington was founded in 1778.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Lee Chapel and Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Stonewall Jackson House. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Washington and Lee University, then see the interesting displays at George C. Marshall Museum, then gain insight at Virginia Military Institute, and finally view the masterpieces at Earth, Fire, & Spirit Pottery.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lexington day trip site.

You can drive from Charlottesville to Lexington in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Charlottesville in September: high temperatures in Lexington hover around 23°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Lexington

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Lee Chapel and Museum ©
Lee Chapel and Museum
Virginia Military Institute ©
Virginia Military Institute
George C. Marshall Museum ©
George C. Marshall Museum

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Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park ©
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): trek along Limberlost Trail, trek along Old Rag Mountain Hike, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Skyland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll the grounds of Dean Cemetery, admire the sheer force of Dark Hollow Falls, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Skyline Drive.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Shenandoah National Park journey planner.

Traveling by car from Lexington to Shenandoah National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Lexington in September: high temperatures in Shenandoah National Park hover around 31°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Luray.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Old Rag Mountain Hike ©
Old Rag Mountain Hike
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
Limberlost Trail ©
Limberlost Trail

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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.
Step out of Luray with an excursion to Massanutten Indoor WaterPark in McGaheysville--about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in breathtaking views at Luray Caverns, hike along Kennedy Peak Hike, take an in-depth tour of The Car and Carriage Caravan Museum, and stroll through Luray Hawksbill Greenway.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Luray trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Shenandoah National Park to Luray takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. September in Luray sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Winchester.

Things to do in Luray

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Luray Caverns ©
Luray Caverns
Stony Man Mountain Overlook ©
Stony Man Mountain Overlook
The Car and Carriage Caravan Museum ©
The Car and Carriage Caravan Museum

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Winchester

Winchester ©
Winchester is an independent city located in the northwestern portion of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, get engrossed in the history at Stonewall Jackson's Headquarters, then get a taste of life in the country at Rocking S Ranch, and finally stop by Marker-Miller Orchards.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Winchester online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Luray to Winchester in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Winchester can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Winchester

Museums · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Rocking S Ranch ©
Rocking S Ranch
Marker-Miller Orchards ©
Marker-Miller Orchards
Museum of the Shenandoah Valley ©
Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

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