25 days in Virginia Itinerary

25 days in Virginia Itinerary

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25 days in Virginia Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Virginia Beach
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Chincoteague Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Williamsburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Charlottesville
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Shenandoah National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Arlington
— 6 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Vancouver

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Currituck Banks Reserve and Sandbridge Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Whalehead Club and Bodie Island Lighthouse. Venture out of the city with trips to Corolla (Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum & Nature & Wildlife Tours), Wright Brothers National Memorial (in Kill Devil Hills) and Grog's Watersports (in Nags Head). And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Military Aviation Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Virginia Beach, and enjoy the sea views from Cape Henry Lighthouse.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Virginia Beach day trip website .

Vancouver, Canada to Virginia Beach is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Vancouver to Virginia Beach. Traveling from Vancouver in September, expect Virginia Beach to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Chincoteague Island.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Corolla, Nags Head, Wright Brothers National Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Sandbridge Beach ©
Sandbridge Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Military Aviation Museum ©
Military Aviation Museum

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Delmarva Discovery Center and Julia A. Purnell Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Janes Island State Park and Pocomoke River State Park. Change things up with a short trip to Furnace Town Living Heritage Village in Snow Hill (about 48 minutes away). Spend the 27th (Fri) exploring nature at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Chincoteague Island itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Virginia Beach to Chincoteague Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Chincoteague Island

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Snow Hill, Janes Island State Park, Delmarva Discovery Center
Highlights from your plan
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge ©
Delmarva Discovery Center ©
Delmarva Discovery Center
Janes Island State Park ©
Janes Island State Park

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.
Appreciate the collections at White House of the Confederacy and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bruton Parish Episcopal Church and Virginia Capitol Building. Change things up with these side-trips from Williamsburg: Richmond (Hollywood Cemetery, Maymont, & more). There's much more to do: take in the history at Yorktown Battlefield, contemplate the long history of Jamestown Settlement, and take an in-depth tour of Historic Jamestowne.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Williamsburg trip maker website .

Drive from Chincoteague Island to Williamsburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Richmond, Yorktown
Highlights from your plan
Hollywood Cemetery ©
Hollywood Cemetery
White House of the Confederacy ©
White House of the Confederacy

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Monticello, then contemplate the long history of James Monroe's Highland, then relax in the rural setting at Carter Mountain Orchard, and finally gain insight at University of Virginia.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Charlottesville road trip planning app .

Getting from Williamsburg to Charlottesville by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Williamsburg in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 11°C in Charlottesville. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
James Monroe's Highland ©
James Monroe's Highland
University of Virginia ©
University of Virginia
Monticello ©
Monticello

5
nights
Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park ©
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Take a break from the city and head to Appomattox Court House National Historical Park and The Natural Bridge of Virginia. Step off the beaten path and head to James Madison's Montpelier and Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Get out of town with these interesting Shenandoah National Park side-trips: Luray Caverns (in Luray), Virginia Safari Park (in Natural Bridge) and Blackwater Falls State Park (in Davis). There's more to do: cruise along Skyline Drive.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Shenandoah National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Charlottesville to Shenandoah National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. October in Shenandoah National Park sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Arlington.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Natural Bridge, Davis, Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Luray Caverns, James Madison's Montpelier
Highlights from your plan
Blackwater Falls State Park ©
Blackwater Falls State Park
James Madison's Montpelier ©
James Madison's Montpelier

6
nights
Arlington

Arlington ©
Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county of Arlington blends big city and sprawling suburban environments.
Get some historical perspective at Shriver House Museum and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gettysburg Museum of History and Layton's Chance Vineyard and Winery. Explore Arlington's surroundings by going to Elms Beach Park (in Lexington Park), Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (in Chantilly) and Gettysburg (Gettysburg National Cemetery, Gettysburg National Military Park, & more). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, admire the striking features of George Washington's Mount Vernon, take a stroll through Old Town, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Arlington National Cemetery.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Arlington trip planning website .

You can drive from Shenandoah National Park to Arlington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, bus, and subway; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Gettysburg, George Washington's Mount Vernon, Layton's Chance Vineyard and Winery, Elms Beach Park, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Gettysburg Museum of History ©
Gettysburg Museum of History
Jennie Wade House ©
Jennie Wade House
Shriver House Museum ©
Shriver House Museum

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