31 days in Virginia Itinerary

31 days in Virginia Itinerary

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Fly to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Drive to Fredericksburg
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Fredericksburg
— 3 nights
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Charlottesville
— 4 nights
Drive
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Appomattox
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lexington
— 3 nights
Drive
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Winchester
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chincoteague Island
— 3 nights
Drive
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Virginia Beach
— 5 nights
Drive
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Richmond
— 5 nights
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Fredericksburg

— 3 nights
Fredericksburg is an independent city located in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the Eastern United States. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Museum of the Marine Corps and Chatham Manor. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park and Old Town. Change things up with a short trip to George Washington Birthplace National Monument in Colonial Beach (about 46 minutes away). There's much more to do: take in the history at Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center, look for gifts at Sugar + Spruce Bath & Body, contemplate the long history of Mary Washington House, and get answers to all your questions at Fredericksburg Battlefield and Visitor Center.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Fredericksburg online holiday planner.

George, South Africa to Fredericksburg is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from George to Fredericksburg is minus 7 hours. Traveling from George in July, expect Fredericksburg to be warmer, temps between 36°C and 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Charlottesville

— 4 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.
Visit James Madison's Montpelier and Frontier Culture Museum for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum and Walton's Mountain Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Charlottesville: Veritas Vineyard & Winery (in Afton), Camera Heritage Museum (in Staunton) and Bold Rock Hard Cider (in Nellysford). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at James Monroe's Highland, learn about winemaking at King Family Vineyards, admire the striking features of University of Virginia, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Monticello.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Charlottesville journey site.

Traveling by car from Fredericksburg to Charlottesville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Charlottesville, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Appomattox.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trips

Appomattox

— 2 nights
Appomattox is a town in Appomattox County, Virginia, United States. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): steep yourself in history at McLean House, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, then learn about all things military at The American Civil War Museum - Appomattox, and finally take in the history at Appomattox Station Battlefield Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Avoca Museum & Historical Society, get engrossed in the history at Patrick Henry's Red Hill, and then immerse yourself in nature at High Bridge Trail State Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Appomattox trip planner.

Drive from Charlottesville to Appomattox in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lexington.

Things to do in Appomattox

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Lexington

— 3 nights
Home to two prestigious educational institutions, Lexington was founded in 1778.
Visit Lee Chapel and Museum and Natural Bridge State Park for their historical value. Visiting Smith Mountain Lake and Crabtree Falls will get you outdoors. Step out of Lexington with an excursion to Old City Cemetery in Lynchburg--about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Washington and Lee University, get lost in a book at George C. Marshall Museum, and view the masterpieces at Earth, Fire, & Spirit Pottery.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Lexington online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Appomattox to Lexington by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Appomattox in July; daily highs in Lexington reach 27°C and lows reach 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Winchester.

Things to do in Lexington

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Winchester

— 3 nights
Winchester is an independent city located in the northwestern portion of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Car and Carriage Caravan Museum and Rappahannock Cellars. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of the Shenandoah Valley and Stonewall Jackson's Headquarters. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Winchester: Cascade Falls (in Pembroke), Copper Fox Distillery (in Sperryville) and Shenandoah Caverns (Main Street of Yesteryear & Shenandoah Caverns). There's lots more to do: hike along Appalachian Trail, get engrossed in the history at Virginia Museum of Veiled History, and explore the fascinating underground world of Skyline Caverns.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Winchester travel planning website.

You can drive from Lexington to Winchester in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Lexington in July: highs in Winchester hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Chincoteague Island.

Things to do in Winchester

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Chincoteague Island

— 3 nights
Famous for a wild breed of horses--Chincoteague Ponies--Chincoteague Island embraces the mystery of some of North America’s oldest inhabitants.
Escape the urban bustle at Boat Tours & Water Sports and Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Do your shopping at Tryfan Gallery and MamerSass. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Museum of Chincoteague, enjoy the sea views from Assateague Lighthouse, grab your bike and head to Bike Depot, and head outdoors with Donald J. Leonard.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Chincoteague Island trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Winchester to Chincoteague Island takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Winchester in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Chincoteague Island, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Chincoteague Island

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Virginia Beach

— 5 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Military Aviation Museum and Fort Monroe's Casemate Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and Chrysler Museum of Art. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Virginia Beach: Cape Charles Beach (in Cape Charles), St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum (in Smithfield) and The Mariners' Museum & Park (in Newport News). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at First Landing State Park, examine the collection at Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and take a leisurely stroll along Virginia Beach Boardwalk.

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Traveling by car from Chincoteague Island to Virginia Beach takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Richmond.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Richmond

— 5 nights

The River City

The capital city of Virginia, Richmond has diverse architecture, a large collection of monuments, and world-class museums that reveal the city's important role in American history.
Get some historical perspective at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church and American Civil War Museum- Historic Tredegar. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at White House of the Confederacy and Tredegar Iron Works. Change things up with these side-trips from Richmond: Williamsburg (George Wythe House, Colonial Williamsburg, &more), Charles City (Shirley Plantation & Berkeley Plantation) and Pamplin Historical Park (in Petersburg). There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of Blandford Church and Cemetery and take a stroll through Carytown.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Richmond online day trip planner.

You can drive from Virginia Beach to Richmond in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Richmond, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Richmond

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Virginia travel guide

4.6
History Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Historic Sites
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.