3 days in District of Columbia & Virginia Itinerary

3 days in District of Columbia & Virginia Itinerary

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Washington DC
— 1 night
Taxi
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Arlington
— 1 night
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Washington DC

The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
On the 16th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, then appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and finally appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial. Keep things going the next day: get a sense of history and politics at Library of Congress, then examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and finally appreciate the history behind Washington Monument.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Washington DC day trip planner.

Philadelphia to Washington DC is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. October in Washington DC sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Arlington.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums

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Arlington

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Arlington National Cemetery, and then contemplate the long history of Old Town.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Arlington tour planner.

Arlington is very close to Washington DC. In October, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

District of Columbia travel guide

4.9
Monuments · Specialty Museums · Government Buildings
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia is a sightseeing heaven with the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums. The city now boasts shopping, dining, and nightlife options befitting one of the world's major cities. Practically every visitor ends up on the centrally located 3 km (2 mi) long stretch of parkland holding the nation's finest monuments, as well as the world-famous Smithsonian Institution. To experience the true spirit of this vibrant metropolis and enjoy a well-rounded vacation, get away from neoclassical memorials for a little while and mingle with the locals at one of the city's trendy bars or restaurants.

Virginia travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Wineries & Vineyards · Specialty Museums
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.