36 days in Capital Region USA Itinerary

36 days in Capital Region USA Itinerary

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36 days in Capital Region USA Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  25​h
1
Washington DC
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Shenandoah National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Natural Bridge
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Charlottesville
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Williamsburg
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Virginia Beach
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Ocean City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Chincoteague Island
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Bus + Fly:  27​h
End: Sydney

6
nights
Washington DC

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Washington National Cathedral. Step out of the city life by going to Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine and Antietam National Battlefield. Explore Washington DC's surroundings by going to Fell's Point (in Baltimore) and U.S. Naval Academy (in Annapolis). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Capitol Hill, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, and appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Washington DC trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Washington DC is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 15 hours traveling from Sydney to Washington DC due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in September: high temperatures in Washington DC hover around 32°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Arlington, Baltimore, Old Town, Wat Thai of Washington, D.C., Antietam National Battlefield
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4
nights
Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park ©
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like DuCard Vineyards and Dean Cemetery. Take a break from the city and head to Skyline Drive and Old Rag Mountain Hike. Explore Shenandoah National Park's surroundings by going to Luray (River Hill Wine & Spirits, Luray Caverns, & more), Skyline Caverns (in Front Royal) and White Oak Lavender Farm & The Purple WOLF Vineyard (in Harrisonburg). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Dark Hollow Falls, get some jogging in at Limberlost Trail, do a tasting at Stone Mountain Vineyards, and Head underground at Grand Caverns.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Shenandoah National Park travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Washington DC to Shenandoah National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of subway, bus, and flight. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Washington DC in September since evenings lows in Shenandoah National Park dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Natural Bridge.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Luray, White Oak Lavender Farm & The Purple WOLF Vineyard, Skyline Caverns, Grand Caverns, DuCard Vineyards
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Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
Old Rag Mountain Hike ©
Old Rag Mountain Hike
Grand Caverns ©
Grand Caverns

3
nights
Natural Bridge

Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge is an unincorporated community in Rockbridge County, Virginia, United States. Get a sense of the local culture at Natural Bridge State Park and Appomattox Station Battlefield Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Virginia Safari Park and Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Natural Bridge: Goshen Pass (in Goshen), Smith Mountain Lake (in Moneta) and Brownsburg Museum (in Brownsburg). There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Lee Chapel and Museum and view the masterpieces at Earth, Fire, & Spirit Pottery.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Natural Bridge tour planner.

Traveling by car from Shenandoah National Park to Natural Bridge takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Shenandoah National Park in September, with highs in Natural Bridge at 23°C and lows at 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Natural Bridge

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Lexington, Appomattox, Goshen Pass, Brownsburg Museum, Smith Mountain Lake
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Virginia Safari Park ©
Virginia Safari Park
Natural Bridge State Park ©
Natural Bridge State Park

5
nights
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.
Get some historical perspective at James Madison's Montpelier and Frontier Culture Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to James Monroe's Highland and Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center. Change things up with these side-trips from Charlottesville: Luray (Stony Man Mountain Overlook & The Car and Carriage Caravan Museum), Shenandoah Caverns (in Shenandoah Caverns) and Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church (in Staunton). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of University of Virginia, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Copper Fox Distillery, learn about winemaking at Valley Road Vineyards, and experience rural life at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Charlottesville road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Natural Bridge to Charlottesville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Natural Bridge in September, with highs in Charlottesville at 31°C and lows at 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Luray, Afton, Staunton, James Madison's Montpelier, Shenandoah Caverns
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James Monroe's Highland ©
James Monroe's Highland
James Madison's Montpelier ©
James Madison's Montpelier

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Governor's Palace and Yorktown Battlefield. Popular historic sites such as Hollywood Cemetery and Bruton Parish Episcopal Church are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Williamsburg: Charles City (Shirley Plantation & Berkeley Plantation), Pamplin Historical Park (in Petersburg) and Richmond (White House of the Confederacy, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the history at American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum, take an in-depth tour of Colonial Williamsburg, and kick back and relax at Yorktown Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Williamsburg visit planner .

Traveling by car from Charlottesville to Williamsburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Charlottesville in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Williamsburg, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Richmond, Yorktown, Charles City, St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum, Pamplin Historical Park
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Yorktown Battlefield ©
Yorktown Battlefield
Pamplin Historical Park ©
Pamplin Historical Park
St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum ©

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Military Aviation Museum and Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Virginia Beach and Chick's Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Virginia Beach: Fort Monroe's Casemate Museum (in Hampton) and Cape Charles Beach (in Cape Charles). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Sandbridge Beach, pause for some photo ops at Virginia Beach Law Enforcement Memorial, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Henry Lighthouse, and immerse yourself in nature at First Landing State Park.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more 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 take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Virginia Beach are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ocean City.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Chrysler Museum of Art, Cape Charles Beach, Fort Monroe's Casemate Museum
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Military Aviation Museum ©
Military Aviation Museum
Virginia Beach ©
Virginia Beach
Sandbridge Beach ©
Sandbridge Beach

3
nights
Ocean City

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and Parasailing & Paragliding. Get in touch with nature at Fishing Charters & Tours and Ocean City Beach. Take a break from Ocean City with a short trip to Layton's Chance Vineyard and Winery in Vienna, about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, admire the majestic nature at Assateague State Park, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and tee off at Rum Pointe Seaside Golf Links.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ocean City trip website .

Getting from Virginia Beach to Ocean City by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In September, daily temperatures in Ocean City can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Chincoteague Island.

Things to do in Ocean City

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Berlin, Layton's Chance Vineyard and Winery, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge ©
Assateague State Park ©
Assateague State Park

2
nights
Chincoteague Island

Famous for a wild breed of horses--Chincoteague Ponies--Chincoteague Island embraces the mystery of some of North America’s oldest inhabitants.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then explore the striking landscape of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Keep things going the next day: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Chincoteague, and then make a trip to Chincoteague Cultural Alliance.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Chincoteague Island day trip planner .

Drive from Ocean City to Chincoteague Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In October in Chincoteague Island, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chincoteague Island

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge ©
Fishing Charters & Tours