21 days in Virginia Itinerary

21 days in Virginia Itinerary

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21 days in Virginia Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Alexandria
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Luray
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Charlottesville
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Richmond
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
5
Williamsburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
6
Yorktown
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Virginia Beach
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Dallas

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.
Visit Arlington National Cemetery and George Washington's Mount Vernon for their historical value. Let the collections at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and National Museum of the Marine Corps capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Manassas National Battlefield Park (in Manassas), Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont (in Falmouth) and Quantico National Cemetery (in Quantico). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, make a trip to John F. Kennedy Grave Site, take a stroll through Old Town, and contemplate the long history of George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Alexandria tour planner .

Dallas to Alexandria is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Dallas in October: high temperatures in Alexandria hover around 71°F and lows are around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Luray.

Things to do in Alexandria

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Arlington, Mount Vernon, Quantico National Cemetery, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont
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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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): trek along Stony Man Mountain Overlook, then explore the fascinating underground world of Luray Caverns, and then see the interesting displays at The Car and Carriage Caravan Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Shenandoah Valley Cultural Heritage Museum at The Edinburg Mill, steep yourself in history at Belle Grove Plantation, then take in the history at New Market State Historical Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Luray Valley Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Luray trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Alexandria to Luray takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Alexandria in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Luray, with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Luray

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

New Market State Historical Park, Belle Grove Plantation, Shenandoah Valley Cultural Heritage Museum at The Edinburg Mill
Highlights from your plan

4
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.
Frontier Culture Museum and Lee Chapel and Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get some historical perspective at Monticello and James Madison's Montpelier. Get out of town with these interesting Charlottesville side-trips: Natural Bridge State Park (in Natural Bridge), Brownsburg Museum (in Brownsburg) and Staunton (Camera Heritage Museum & Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of James Monroe's Highland, take in the exciting artwork at C'ville Arts: A Cooperative Gallery, experience rural life at Carter Mountain Orchard, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Charlottesville tour itinerary site .

Drive from Luray to Charlottesville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Charlottesville can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Richmond.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Staunton, Lee Chapel and Museum, Natural Bridge State Park, Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, James Madison's Montpelier
Highlights from your plan
Monticello ©
Monticello
James Madison's Montpelier ©
James Madison's Montpelier
Frontier Culture Museum ©
Frontier Culture Museum

4
nights
Richmond

Richmond ©
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pamplin Historical Park and Blandford Church and Cemetery. Museum-lovers will appreciate Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Edgar Allan Poe Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Richmond: Petersburg National Battlefield Park (in Petersburg) and Charles City (Shirley Plantation & Berkeley Plantation). Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Cemetery, make a trip to African Burial Ground, take in nature's colorful creations at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, and learn about all things military at White House of the Confederacy.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Richmond sightseeing planning site .

Take a bus from Charlottesville to Richmond in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Richmond

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Petersburg, Charles City, Glen Allen
Highlights from your plan
Hollywood Cemetery ©
Hollywood Cemetery
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts ©
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Pamplin Historical Park ©
Pamplin Historical Park

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): contemplate the long history of Colonial Williamsburg, steep yourself in history at Governor's Palace, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church, and finally view the masterpieces at Williamsburg Art Gallery. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Historic Jamestowne, steep yourself in history at Jamestown Settlement, and then admire the masterpieces at Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum.

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Traveling by train from Richmond to Williamsburg takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Yorktown.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Colonial Williamsburg ©
Colonial Williamsburg
Historic Jamestowne ©
Historic Jamestowne
Jamestown Settlement ©
Jamestown Settlement

2
nights
Yorktown

Yorktown ©
Yorktown is a census-designated place (CDP) in York County, Virginia, United States. On the 25th (Fri), take in the history at Yorktown Battlefield, then admire all the interesting features of Colonial Parkway, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum. Keep things going the next day: stroll around The Mariners' Museum & Park, appreciate the history behind Yorktown Victory Monument, then witness the site of a historic battle at American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, and finally make a trip to Riverwalk Landing.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Yorktown day trip website .

Yorktown is just a short distance from Williamsburg. In October, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Yorktown

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

The Mariners' Museum & Park, St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum
Highlights from your plan
St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum ©
The Mariners' Museum & Park ©
The Mariners' Museum & Park
Yorktown Battlefield ©
Yorktown Battlefield

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.
Visit Cape Henry Lighthouse and Virginia Beach Law Enforcement Memorial for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Military Aviation Museum and Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Virginia Beach Boardwalk, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Tarnished Truth Distilling Company, enjoy breathtaking views from Skystar Wheel, and enjoy the sand and surf at Virginia Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Virginia Beach trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Yorktown to Virginia Beach in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Norfolk
Highlights from your plan
Military Aviation Museum ©
Military Aviation Museum
Chrysler Museum of Art ©
Chrysler Museum of Art

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