20 days in Washington DC & Virginia Itinerary

20 days in Washington DC & Virginia Itinerary

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Washington DC
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Washington DC
— 3 nights
Drive
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Virginia Beach
— 2 nights
Drive
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Williamsburg
— 2 nights
Drive
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Charlottesville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lexington
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shenandoah National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Luray
— 4 nights
Drive
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Winchester
— 1 night
Drive to Washington Dulles International Airport, Fly to Cardiff

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Washington DC

— 3 nights
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 trip 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 12.5-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 catch the flight to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums

Virginia Beach

— 2 nights

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 at Nauticus, 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 · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Williamsburg

— 2 nights

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): take an in-depth tour 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 do a combination of bus and train. 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

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Charlottesville

— 2 nights

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. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of train and 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

Lexington

— 2 nights
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, get engrossed in the history at University Chapel & Galleries, 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 browse the collection 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

Shenandoah National Park

— 2 nights
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 take a memorable drive along 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

Luray

— 4 nights

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 Massanutten--about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of 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 · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Winchester

— 1 night
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

Virginia travel guide

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History Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Historic Sites
Old Dominion
The home of the first permanent English colony in the New World, Virginia is a prime holiday destination for those looking to immerse themselves in American heritage. Proud of its colorful history, distinct culture, and southern drawl, Virginians see their state as the place where the imaginary line between the north and the south is drawn. With scenic beauties as diverse as its people, Virginia is a land of rolling hills, rugged mountains, lush valleys, dense forests, and secluded beaches along picturesque bays. Bordered on the east by the Atlantic and the west by the Appalachian Mountains, with rolling farmland in the middle, the state offers countless places to visit for history buffs, nature lovers, and passionate foodies.