21 days in Virginia Itinerary

21 days in Virginia Itinerary

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21 days in Virginia Itinerary

Start: Chapel Hill
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Alexandria
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Chincoteague Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Virginia Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Williamsburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Charlottesville
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Luray
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
End: Chapel Hill

3
nights
Alexandria

Alexandria ©
Just a few metro stops away from the bustle of Washington D.C., Alexandria provides a respite from the fast-paced capital.
Let the collections at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and George Washington's Mount Vernon capture your imagination. Step out of the city life by going to Mount Vernon Trail and Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. Go for a jaunt from Alexandria to McLean to see Great Falls Park about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Arlington National Cemetery, don't miss a visit to John F. Kennedy Grave Site, get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and wander the streets of Old Town.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Alexandria trip planner .

Chapel Hill to Alexandria is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Chincoteague Island.

Things to do in Alexandria

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Arlington, George Washington's Mount Vernon, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Great Falls Park, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center ©
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

3
nights
Chincoteague Island

Chincoteague Island ©
Famous for a wild breed of horses--Chincoteague Ponies--Chincoteague Island embraces the mystery of some of North America’s oldest inhabitants.
Take a break from the city and head to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Fishing Charters & Tours. Get some cultural insight at Tryfan Gallery and Assateague Lighthouse. There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Chincoteague, and head outdoors with Donald J. Leonard.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Chincoteague Island itinerary site .

Getting from Alexandria to Chincoteague Island by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Chincoteague Island

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach ©
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Virginia Beach and Sandbridge Beach. Get outdoors at Cape Charles Beach and Fishing Charters & Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Virginia Beach: Portsmouth (The Hill House & Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Art Gallery). There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Military Aviation Museum, take in the pleasant sights at Virginia Beach Law Enforcement Memorial, admire the masterpieces at Chrysler Museum of Art, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Chesapeake Bay Distillery.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Virginia Beach trip maker .

Drive from Chincoteague Island to Virginia Beach in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. August in Virginia Beach sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Portsmouth, Cape Charles Beach, Chrysler Museum of Art
Highlights from your plan
Virginia Beach ©
Virginia Beach
Military Aviation Museum ©
Military Aviation Museum
Chrysler Museum of Art ©
Chrysler Museum of Art

4
nights
Williamsburg

Williamsburg ©
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Colonial Williamsburg and St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum. Historic Jamestowne and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Williamsburg's surroundings by going to St. John's Episcopal Church (in Richmond), Blandford Church and Cemetery (in Petersburg) and The Mariners' Museum & Park (in Newport News). There's still lots to do: take a tour of Jamestown Settlement, contemplate the long history of Bassett Hall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church, and walk around Historic Jamestowne.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Williamsburg itinerary planner .

Drive from Virginia Beach to Williamsburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Williamsburg can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Richmond, The Mariners' Museum & Park, Blandford Church and Cemetery, St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum, Yorktown Beach
Highlights from your plan
Colonial Williamsburg ©
Colonial Williamsburg
Historic Jamestowne ©
Historic Jamestowne
St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum ©

3
nights
Charlottesville

Charlottesville ©
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.
Let the collections at Frontier Culture Museum and Vietnam War Foundation Museum capture your imagination. Your inner history buff will appreciate Monticello and McDowell Battlefield. Get out of town with these interesting Charlottesville side-trips: Old Rag Mountain Hike (in Shenandoah National Park), Canal Basin Square (in Scottsville) and James Madison's Montpelier (in Montpelier Station). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park and take an in-depth tour of Highland County Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Charlottesville trip planner .

Traveling by car from Williamsburg to Charlottesville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, Charlottesville is slightly colder than Williamsburg - with highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Luray.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

McDowell, Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Frontier Culture Museum, James Madison's Montpelier, Old Rag Mountain Hike
Highlights from your plan
Old Rag Mountain Hike ©
Old Rag Mountain Hike
Monticello ©
Monticello

3
nights
Luray

Luray ©
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like R.H. Ballard Shop & Gallery and Brandy Station Foundation. Get outdoors at Luray Caverns and Skyline Drive. Get out of town with these interesting Luray side-trips: Shenandoah National Park (Bearfence Mountain & Appalachian Trail). There's still lots to do: stroll through Stony Man Mountain Hike, view the masterpieces at Warehouse Art Gallery, and get some jogging in at Limberlost Trail.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Luray road trip website .

Drive from Charlottesville to Luray in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In August, daily temperatures in Luray can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Luray

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Shenandoah National Park, Brandy Station Foundation, R.H. Ballard Shop & Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Luray Caverns ©
Luray Caverns
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
Stony Man Mountain Overlook ©
Stony Man Mountain Overlook

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