36 days in Capital Region USA Itinerary

36 days in Capital Region USA Itinerary

Make it your trip
Fly
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Washington DC
— 7 nights
Drive
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Baltimore
— 5 nights
Drive
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Ocean City
— 3 nights
Drive
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Virginia Beach
— 4 nights
Drive
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Williamsburg
— 5 nights
Drive
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Luray
— 5 nights
Drive
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Abingdon
— 4 nights
Drive to Tri-Cities Regional TN/VA Airport, Fly to Brisbane

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Washington DC — 7 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.
Washington DC is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, appreciate the history behind Washington Monument, learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at National Zoological Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Washington DC vacation planning site.

Brisbane, Australia to Washington DC is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Washington DC is minus 15 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Brisbane in December: high temperatures in Washington DC hover around 12°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Baltimore.
Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Baltimore — 5 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Baltimore: Emmitsburg (National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes & National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton), Maryland State House (in Annapolis) and Hopkins Original Art (in St. Michaels). There's lots more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at National Aquarium, admire the masterpieces at The Walters Art Museum, admire the natural beauty at Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens of Baltimore, and examine the collection at Hubert V. Simmons Museum of Negro Leagues Baseball, Inc..

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Baltimore road trip planner.

Getting from Washington DC to Baltimore by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Baltimore are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Ocean City.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trips

Ocean City — 3 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ocean City: Eastern Shore Baseball Hall of Fame Museum (in Salisbury), Crisfield Heritage Foundation (in Crisfield) and Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge (in Chincoteague Island). The adventure continues: walk around Northside Park, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and relax and rejuvenate at OC Massage.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Ocean City day trip planner.

Getting from Baltimore to Ocean City by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Ocean City can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can go by car to Virginia Beach.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums
Side Trips

Virginia Beach — 4 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Virginia Beach: The Chrysler Museum Glass Studio (in Norfolk) and Spas (in Chesapeake). There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Virginia Beach Boardwalk, enjoy the sand and surf at Sandbridge Beach, cast your line with a fishing tour, and take in nature's colorful creations at Norfolk Botanical Garden.

Make your Virginia Beach itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Ocean City to Virginia Beach by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Virginia Beach can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Williamsburg.
Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife
Side Trips

Williamsburg — 5 nights

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.
Step out of Williamsburg with an excursion to The Mariners' Museum & Park in Newport News--about 38 minutes away. Spend the 5th (Fri) exploring nature at Colonial National Historical Park. There's still lots to do: make a splash at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, take in the exciting artwork at Williamsburg Art Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church, and steep yourself in history at Governor's Palace.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Williamsburg trip builder tool.

Drive from Virginia Beach to Williamsburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Luray.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Side Trip

Luray — 5 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Luray: St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church (in Front Royal), Shenandoah National Park (Old Rag Mountain Hike, Mary's Rock Summit Trail, &more) and Rocking S Ranch (in Winchester). There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Luray Caverns, have fun and explore at Explore More Discovery Museum, indulge in some personalized pampering at Little Washington Spa, and make a splash at Massanutten Indoor WaterPark.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Luray trip builder.

You can drive from Williamsburg to Luray in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Williamsburg in January: high temperatures in Luray hover around 7°C and lows are around -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Abingdon.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
Side Trips

Abingdon — 4 nights

Abingdon is a town in Washington County, Virginia, United States, southwest of Roanoke. Step out of Abingdon with an excursion to Grayson Highlands State Park in Mouth of Wilson--about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: trek along Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail, stop by Abingdon Olive Oil Company, take an in-depth tour of The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, and view the masterpieces at The Art Depot.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Abingdon journey planning tool.

You can drive from Luray to Abingdon in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car, train, bus, and taxi. In January, daily temperatures in Abingdon can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.
Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Museums
Side Trips