22 days in Virginia Itinerary

22 days in Virginia Itinerary

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22 days in Virginia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
+2
Fly + Bus + Subway:  27​h
1
Arlington
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Virginia Beach
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Williamsburg
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Charlottesville
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Luray
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  29​h
End: Melbourne

4
nights
Arlington

Arlington ©
Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county of Arlington blends big city and sprawling suburban environments.
Arlington National Cemetery and Old Town will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Tomb of the Unknowns and Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Get out of town with these interesting Arlington side-trips: George Washington's Mount Vernon (in Mount Vernon), Ellanor C. Lawrence Park (in Centreville) and National Museum of the Marine Corps (in Triangle). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Arlington House - The Robert E. Lee Memorial, step off the mainland to explore Theodore Roosevelt Island Park, and appreciate the history behind U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Arlington trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Arlington is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight, bus, and subway. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 15 hours traveling from Melbourne to Arlington. Traveling from Melbourne in August, expect Arlington to be much hotter, temps between 36°C and 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, National Museum of the Marine Corps, George Washington's Mount Vernon, Old Town
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Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
George Washington's Mount Vernon ©
George Washington's Mount Vernon

5
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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Historic St. Luke's Church and Chrysler Museum of Art. Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Virginia Beach Boardwalk, learn about all things military at Military Aviation Museum, explore and take pictures at Battleship Wisconsin, and browse for treasures at Virginia Beach Antique Mall.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Virginia Beach trip builder site .

Do a combination of subway, flight, and taxi from Arlington to Virginia Beach in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway, train, and tram. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Norfolk, St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum
Highlights from your plan
Virginia Beach Boardwalk ©
Virginia Beach Boardwalk
St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum ©
Military Aviation Museum ©
Military Aviation Museum

6
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.
Colonial Williamsburg and Shirley Plantation will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Historic Jamestowne and The Mariners' Museum & Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Williamsburg: Henricus Historical Park (in Chester), Richmond (Virginia Capitol Building, Hollywood Cemetery, & more) and The Noland Trail (in Newport News). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 5th (Wed) at Water Country USA. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Jamestown Settlement, do a tasting at Williamsburg Winery, admire the landmark architecture of Wren Building, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Williamsburg road trip site .

Traveling by car from Virginia Beach to Williamsburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Richmond, Newport News, Henricus Historical Park, Yorktown Battlefield, Shirley Plantation
Highlights from your plan
Colonial Williamsburg ©
Colonial Williamsburg
Historic Jamestowne ©
Historic Jamestowne
Jamestown Settlement ©
Jamestown Settlement

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.
Visit Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and James Madison's Montpelier for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park and Barboursville Vineyards and Historic Ruins. Venture out of the city with trips to National D-Day Memorial (in Bedford) and Old Rag Mountain Hike (in Shenandoah National Park). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of James Monroe's Highland, deepen your understanding at University of Virginia, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Charlottesville trip planner .

You can drive from Williamsburg to Charlottesville in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Williamsburg in September, expect Charlottesville to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Luray.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Old Rag Mountain Hike, James Madison's Montpelier, National D-Day Memorial, Barboursville Vineyards and Historic Ruins
Highlights from your plan
Monticello ©
Monticello
James Madison's Montpelier ©
James Madison's Montpelier

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take in breathtaking views at Luray Caverns and then trek along Stony Man Mountain Hike.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Luray trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Charlottesville to Luray takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In September in Luray, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Luray

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Luray Caverns ©
Luray Caverns
Stony Man Mountain Overlook ©
Stony Man Mountain Overlook

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