24 days in Virginia Itinerary

24 days in Virginia Itinerary

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Fly to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Drive to Arlington
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Arlington
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chincoteague Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Virginia Beach
— 3 nights
Drive
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Williamsburg
— 4 nights
Fly
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Abingdon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bedford
— 1 night
Drive
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Charlottesville
— 3 nights
Drive
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Luray
— 3 nights
Drive to Washington Dulles International Airport, Fly to Kuwait City

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Arlington — 3 nights

National History, Local Flavor

Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county of Arlington blends big city and sprawling suburban environments.
Venture out of the city with trips to Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (in Chantilly), National Museum of the Marine Corps (in Triangle) and George Washington's Mount Vernon (in Mount Vernon). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Arlington National Cemetery, get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, take a leisurely stroll along Old Town Waterfront, and make a trip to John F. Kennedy Grave Site.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Arlington route maker tool.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Arlington is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. When traveling from Kuwait City in October, plan for colder days and slightly colder nights in Arlington: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Chincoteague Island.
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Side Trips

Chincoteague Island — 2 nights

Famous for a wild breed of horses--Chincoteague Ponies--Chincoteague Island embraces the mystery of some of North America’s oldest inhabitants.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Chincoteague Bay Field Station, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Depot, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Chincoteague Island travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Arlington to Chincoteague Island takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of subway, train, bus, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Virginia Beach.
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Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors
Side Trip

Virginia Beach — 3 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.
Take a break from Virginia Beach with a short trip to Hickory Ridge Farm in Chesapeake, about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Virginia Beach Boardwalk, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Virginia Beach, and step aboard Battleship Wisconsin at Nauticus.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Virginia Beach road trip planning site.

You can drive from Chincoteague Island to Virginia Beach in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In October in Virginia Beach, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Williamsburg.
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Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trips

Williamsburg — 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Williamsburg: St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum (in Smithfield) and Newport News (The Mariners' Museum and Park & The Noland Trail). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 17th (Mon) at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Colonial Williamsburg, step aboard Jamestown Settlement, make a trip to St. George Tucker House, and browse the exhibits of Historic Jamestowne.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Williamsburg route planner.

Traveling by car from Virginia Beach to Williamsburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Abingdon.
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Side Trips

Abingdon — 3 nights

Abingdon is a town in Washington County, Virginia, United States, southwest of Roanoke. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Abingdon: Mouth of Wilson (Grayson Highlands State Park & Whitetop Mountain) and South Holston River Company (in Bristol). There's lots more to do: stroll through Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail, ride a horse along Virginia Creeper Trail Club, view the masterpieces at Benjamin Walls Gallery, and examine the collection at Fields-Penn 1860 House Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Abingdon day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Williamsburg to Abingdon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Williamsburg in October: high temperatures in Abingdon hover around 24°C and lows are around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bedford.
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Bedford — 1 night

Bedford is an incorporated town and former independent city located within Bedford County in the U.S. state of Virginia. On the 24th (Mon), relax in the rural setting at A.J. Gross & Sons Orchard, brush up on your military savvy at Bedford Boys Tribute Center, and then pause for some photo ops at National D-Day Memorial.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bedford tour planner.

You can drive from Abingdon to Bedford in 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Bedford are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Charlottesville.
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Museums

Charlottesville — 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Charlottesville side-trips: Canal Basin Square (in Scottsville), Orange (James Madison Museum & Central Virginia Wine Tours & Transportation) and Old Rag Mountain Hike (in Shenandoah National Park). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Monticello, view the masterpieces at C'ville Arts: A Cooperative Gallery, explore the striking landscape at Natural Bridge State Park, and experience rural life at Carter Mountain Orchard.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Charlottesville sightseeing website.

Drive from Bedford to Charlottesville in 2 hours. In October in Charlottesville, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Luray.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wineries
Side Trips

Luray — 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Winchester (Marker-Miller Orchards, Virginia Museum of Veiled History, &more) and Shenandoah National Park (Skyline Drive & Hawksbill Mountain). There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Luray Caverns, examine the collection at Shenandoah Caverns - American Celebration on Parade, tour the pleasant surroundings at Stony Man Mountain Overlook, and hike along Luray Hawksbill Greenway.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Luray road trip planner.

Drive from Charlottesville to Luray in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In October in Luray, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Side Trips

Virginia travel guide

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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.
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