32 days in Capital Region USA Itinerary

Make it your trip
Fly to Washington Dulles International Airport, Drive to Charlottesville
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Charlottesville
— 3 nights
Drive
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Abingdon
— 3 nights
Fly
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Williamsburg
— 5 nights
Drive
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Virginia Beach
— 4 nights
Drive
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Chincoteague Island
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ocean City
— 3 nights
Drive
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Baltimore
— 4 nights
Drive
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Washington DC
— 5 nights
Drive to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Fly to Friedrichshafen

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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.
Popular historic sites such as Monticello and The Glass Palette - Interactive Glass Art Studio are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Central Virginia Wine Tours & Transportation and White Hall Vineyards. Venture out of the city with trips to Luray Caverns (in Luray), Copper Fox Distillery (in Sperryville) and Hawksbill Mountain (in Shenandoah National Park). There's more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Grand Caverns.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Charlottesville road trip planning app.

Friedrichshafen, Germany to Charlottesville is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 6 hours. In August, Charlottesville is a bit warmer than Friedrichshafen - with highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Abingdon.
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Abingdon — 3 nights

Abingdon is a town in Washington County, Virginia, United States, southwest of Roanoke. You'll explore and learn at The Birthplace of Country Music Museum and Benjamin Walls Gallery. Get some historical perspective at Downtown State Street and Sinking Spring Cemetery. Step out of Abingdon to go to Mouth of Wilson and see Grayson Highlands State Park, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: hike along Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Wolf Hills Brewing Co., explore the landscape on two wheels at Shuttle Shack, and take in the dramatic natural features at The Channels Natural Area Preserve.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Abingdon online travel planner.

Drive from Charlottesville to Abingdon in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Williamsburg.
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Williamsburg — 5 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Colonial Williamsburg and Menokin. Get outdoors at Yorktown Beach and The Noland Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Williamsburg: Good Luck Cellars (in Kilmarnock), St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum (in Smithfield) and Slack Winery (in Ridge). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Historic Jamestowne, take an in-depth tour of American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, witness the site of a historic battle at Yorktown Battlefield, and stroll through Tyndall's Point Park.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Williamsburg trip planner.

You can fly from Abingdon to Williamsburg in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Abingdon in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Williamsburg: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Virginia Beach.
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Virginia Beach — 4 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.
Get in touch with nature at Virginia Beach and Cape Charles Beach. Get some cultural insight at Blandford Church and Cemetery and Riddick's Folly House Museum. Go for a jaunt from Virginia Beach to Suffolk to see Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Sandbridge Beach, tee off at Heron Ridge Golf Club, sample the fine beverages at Tarnished Truth Distilling Co., and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Virginia Beach trip planner.

Traveling by car from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Virginia Beach are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Chincoteague Island.
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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.
Get some cultural insight at The Ugly Oyster Tour Co. and Assateague Lighthouse. You'll explore and learn at Museum of Chincoteague and Tryfan Gallery. Spend the 18th (Fri) exploring nature at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Next up on the itinerary: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and grab your bike and head to Bike Depot.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Chincoteague Island trip planner.

Drive from Virginia Beach to Chincoteague Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Chincoteague Island are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ocean City.
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Ocean City — 3 nights

The White Marlin Capital of the World

One of the country's favorite vacation resorts, Ocean City draws nearly 8 million visitors annually with its oceanfront boardwalk, clean beaches, and amusement parks.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Layton's Chance Vineyard and Winery and Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Ocean City Beach and Ayers Creek Adventures. And it doesn't end there: play a few rounds at Rum Pointe Seaside Golf Links, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, immerse yourself in nature at Assateague State Park, and steep yourself in history at Main Street Berlin.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ocean City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chincoteague Island to Ocean City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Baltimore.
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Baltimore — 4 nights

City of Firsts

A major center for tourism and travel, Baltimore is famous as the city where amateur poet Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics for the United States' national anthem.
Get some cultural insight at M/V Bay Breeze of Chesapeake City and Baltimore National Cemetery. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine and Saint Alphonsus Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Baltimore: Betterton Beach (in Betterton) and Annapolis (U.S. Naval Academy & Annapolis Historic District). There's much more to do: try to win big at Horseshoe Casino, relax and rejuvenate at ROAM Fitness, and sample the fine beverages at Sagamore Spirit Distillery.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Baltimore trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ocean City to Baltimore takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Washington DC.
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Washington DC — 5 nights

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Air and Space Museum and National Gallery of Art. Washington National Cathedral and National Mall will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Washington DC: George Washington's Mount Vernon (in Mount Vernon) and Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (in Chantilly). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, explore the different monuments and memorials at Arlington National Cemetery, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Washington DC trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Baltimore to Washington DC in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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