28 days in Virginia Itinerary

28 days in Virginia Itinerary

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28 days in Virginia Itinerary

Start: Little Rock
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Arlington
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Chincoteague Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Williamsburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Petersburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Shenandoah National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Luray
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Lexington
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Wytheville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Bristol
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h
End: Little Rock

3
nights
Arlington

Arlington ©
Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county of Arlington blends big city and sprawling suburban environments.
Popular historic sites such as Arlington National Cemetery and Quantico National Cemetery are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Arlington side-trips: National Museum of the Marine Corps (in Triangle), Rocking S Ranch (in Winchester) and Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (in Chantilly). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, stroll the grounds of Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery, explore the landscape on two wheels at Mount Vernon Trail, and steep yourself in history at George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Arlington tour planner .

Little Rock to Arlington is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Little Rock to Arlington is 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Chincoteague Island.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Alexandria, George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill, National Museum of the Marine Corps, Quantico National Cemetery, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Highlights from your plan
Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Mount Vernon Trail ©
Mount Vernon Trail

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.
Get outdoors at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Fishing Charters & Tours. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, get outside with Donald J. Leonard, grab your bike and head to Bike Depot, and enjoy the sea views from Assateague Lighthouse.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Chincoteague Island trip 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 bus and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Chincoteague Island

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Assateague Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge ©
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Historic Jamestowne and The Noland Trail. Popular historic sites such as Colonial Williamsburg and Bassett Hall are in your itinerary. Explore Williamsburg's surroundings by going to River Rafting & Tubing (in Richmond), Moore House (in Yorktown) and St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum (in Smithfield). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Historic Jamestowne, look for gifts at Quirks of Art, pause for some serene contemplation at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church, and take a tour of Jamestown Settlement.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Williamsburg route planner .

Getting from Chincoteague Island to Williamsburg by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August in Williamsburg, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Petersburg.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Moore House, St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum, The Noland Trail, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Colonial Williamsburg ©
Colonial Williamsburg
Historic Jamestowne ©
Historic Jamestowne
Jamestown Settlement ©
Jamestown Settlement

3
nights
Petersburg

Petersburg ©
Petersburg is an independent city in the U.S. Visit Blandford Church and Cemetery and Berkeley Plantation for their historical value. Get outdoors at High Bridge Trail State Park and Pocahontas State Park. Step out of Petersburg to go to Charles City and see Shirley Plantation, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Pamplin Historical Park and witness the site of a historic battle at Petersburg National Battlefield Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Petersburg trip itinerary site .

Getting from Williamsburg to Petersburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Petersburg

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Charles City, Point of Rocks, High Bridge Trail State Park, Pocahontas State Park
Highlights from your plan
Blandford Church and Cemetery ©
Blandford Church and Cemetery
Pamplin Historical Park ©
Pamplin Historical Park
Petersburg National Battlefield Park ©

4
nights
Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park ©
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Get some historical perspective at Monticello and Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. Visiting Old Rag Mountain Hike and Appalachian Trail will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Shenandoah National Park: Grand Caverns (in Grottoes), St. Thomas Parish Church (in Orange) and Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church (in Staunton). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Bearfence Mountain, stroll the grounds of Dean Cemetery, and explore and take pictures at Skyline Drive.

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

Traveling by car from Petersburg to Shenandoah National Park takes 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Shenandoah National Park can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Luray.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Grand Caverns, Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, St. Thomas Parish Church, Monticello, Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Old Rag Mountain Hike ©
Old Rag Mountain Hike
Monticello ©
Monticello
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive

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.
Visit James Madison's Montpelier and St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church for their historical value. Get in touch with nature at Luray Caverns and Luray Hawksbill Greenway. Step out of Luray with an excursion to Buzzard Rock North in Front Royal--about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: hike along Stony Man Mountain Hike, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, snap pictures at Meems Bottom Covered Bridge, and learn about winemaking at River Hill Wine & Spirits.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Luray online trip planner .

You can drive from Shenandoah National Park to Luray in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Luray are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Lexington.

Things to do in Luray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Front Royal, Copper Fox Distillery, James Madison's Montpelier, Meems Bottom Covered Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Luray Caverns ©
Luray Caverns
Stony Man Mountain Overlook ©
Stony Man Mountain Overlook
James Madison's Montpelier ©
James Madison's Montpelier

3
nights
Lexington

Lexington ©
Home to two prestigious educational institutions, Lexington was founded in 1778.
Get some historical perspective at Lee Chapel and Museum and McDowell Battlefield. Escape the urban bustle at Virginia Safari Park and Goshen Pass. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lexington: National D-Day Memorial (in Bedford), Roaring Run falls and Furnace Trail (in Eagle Rock) and Crabtree Falls (in Wintergreen). The adventure continues: gain insight at Virginia Military Institute and shop like a local with Earth, Fire, & Spirit Pottery.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Lexington online vacation planner .

You can drive from Luray to Lexington in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Luray in September, you will find days in Lexington are slightly colder (68°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Wytheville.

Things to do in Lexington

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

McDowell Battlefield, Goshen Pass, National D-Day Memorial, Crabtree Falls, Virginia Safari Park
Highlights from your plan
Virginia Safari Park ©
Virginia Safari Park
Crabtree Falls ©
Crabtree Falls
Lee Chapel and Museum ©
Lee Chapel and Museum

2
nights
Wytheville

Wytheville ©
Wytheville is a town in, and the county seat of, Wythe County, Virginia, United States. On the 5th (Thu), examine the collection at Blue Ridge Music Center, then admire the majestic nature at Grayson Highlands State Park, then don't miss a visit to Big Pencil, and finally steep yourself in history at Haller-Gibboney Rock House. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Hungry Mother State Park, then hike along New River Trail State Park, and then don't miss a visit to Wytheville's Smallest Church.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Wytheville trip website .

You can drive from Lexington to Wytheville in 2 hours. Traveling from Lexington in September, expect nights in Wytheville to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bristol.

Things to do in Wytheville

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

New River Trail State Park, The Blue Ridge Music Center, Grayson Highlands State Park, Hungry Mother State Park
Highlights from your plan
Grayson Highlands State Park ©
Grayson Highlands State Park
Hungry Mother State Park ©
Hungry Mother State Park
New River Trail State Park ©
New River Trail State Park

2
nights
Bristol

Bristol ©
Bristol is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): admire the majestic nature at Natural Tunnel State Park, shop like a local with Benjamin Walls Gallery, and then stroll through Virginia Creeper Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Downtown State Street, stroll the grounds of Sinking Spring Cemetery, and then explore the striking landscape at The Channels Natural Area Preserve.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bristol route planning site .

Traveling by car from Wytheville to Bristol takes 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Bristol can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bristol

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Natural Tunnel State Park, The Channels Natural Area Preserve, Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail, Sinking Spring Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Natural Tunnel State Park ©
Natural Tunnel State Park
Sinking Spring Cemetery ©
Sinking Spring Cemetery

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