36 days in Virginia Itinerary

36 days in Virginia Itinerary

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36 days in Virginia Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Arlington
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Chincoteague Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Virginia Beach
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Williamsburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Petersburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Bristol
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Lexington
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Shenandoah National Park
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Riyadh

4
nights
Arlington

Arlington ©
Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county of Arlington blends big city and sprawling suburban environments.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Arlington National Cemetery and Torpedo Factory Art Center. Museum-lovers will appreciate Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and Stratford Hall. Change things up with these side-trips from Arlington: Winchester (Virginia Museum of Veiled History, Stonewall Jackson's Headquarters, & more), George Washington's Mount Vernon (in Mount Vernon) and National Museum of the Marine Corps (in Triangle). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, examine the collection at Carlyle House, pause for some serene contemplation at The Basilica of Saint Mary, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Vernon Trail.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Arlington online day trip planner .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Arlington is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and subway. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Riyadh to Arlington is minus 8 hours. In July, Arlington is little chillier than Riyadh - with highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Chincoteague Island.

Things to do in Arlington

Museums Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Alexandria, Winchester, Mount Vernon, National Museum of the Marine Corps, Stratford Hall
Highlights from your plan
Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center ©
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
National Museum of the Marine Corps ©

3
nights
Chincoteague Island

Chincoteague Island ©
Famous for a wild breed of horses--Chincoteague Ponies--Chincoteague Island embraces the mystery of some of North America’s oldest inhabitants.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Tryfan Gallery and Assateague Lighthouse. Get in touch with nature at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Nature & Wildlife Tours. The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Tours, examine the collection at Chincoteague Bay Field Station, and head outdoors with Donald J. Leonard.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Chincoteague Island trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Arlington to Chincoteague Island in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Chincoteague Island

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Assateague Lighthouse, Chincoteague Bay Field Station
Highlights from your plan
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge ©
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Sandbridge Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Military Aviation Museum and Children's Museum of Virginia. Explore Virginia Beach's surroundings by going to Cape Charles (Cape Charles Beach & Shooting Star Gallery). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Virginia Beach, admire the masterpieces at Chrysler Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Virginia Beach trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Chincoteague Island to Virginia Beach in 2.5 hours. Other options are to 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 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Cape Charles, Children's Museum of Virginia, Chrysler Museum of Art
Highlights from your plan
Sandbridge Beach ©
Sandbridge Beach
Virginia Beach ©
Virginia Beach
Military Aviation Museum ©
Military Aviation Museum

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Colonial Williamsburg and Historic Jamestowne. Museum-lovers will get to explore Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Williamsburg: Newport News (The Mariners' Museum & Park & USS Monitor Center). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 24th (Wed) at Water Country USA. The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Williamsburg Art Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church, and walk around Historic Jamestowne.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Williamsburg trip planner.

Traveling by car from Virginia Beach to Williamsburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In July in Williamsburg, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Petersburg.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Newport News, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum
Highlights from your plan
Colonial Williamsburg ©
Colonial Williamsburg
Historic Jamestowne ©
Historic Jamestowne
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts ©
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

4
nights
Petersburg

Petersburg ©
Petersburg is an independent city in the U.S. Pamplin Historical Park and Robert Russa Moton Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Rosemont of Virginia Winery and Tobacco Farm Life Museum of Virginia are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Petersburg: Good Earth Peanut Company (in Skippers), South Hill Model Train Museum (in South Hill) and High Bridge Trail State Park (in Green Bay). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Blandford Church and Cemetery, see the interesting displays at Pocahontas Island Black History Museum, and learn about all things military at US Army Quartermaster Museum.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Petersburg holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Williamsburg to Petersburg takes 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Petersburg are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bristol.

Things to do in Petersburg

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

South Hill, Good Earth Peanut Company, Keystone Tractor Works, High Bridge Trail State Park, US Army Quartermaster Museum
Highlights from your plan
Tobacco Farm Life Museum of Virginia ©
Pamplin Historical Park ©
Pamplin Historical Park
Rosemont of Virginia Winery ©
Rosemont of Virginia Winery

4
nights
Bristol

Bristol is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Head to Abingdon Olive Oil Company and Benjamin Walls Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Do some cultural sightseeing at Blue Ridge Music Center and Downtown State Street. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bristol: Star Museum (in Abingdon), Hartford (River Rafting & Tubing & 5 Rivers Adventures) and Virginia Creeper Trail (in Damascus). It doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Birthplace of Country Music Museum and immerse yourself in nature at Grayson Highlands State Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Bristol itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Petersburg to Bristol takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Petersburg in July: highs in Bristol hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lexington.

Things to do in Bristol

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trips

Abingdon, Hartford, Grayson Highlands State Park, Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail, The Blue Ridge Music Center
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
5 Rivers Adventures ©
5 Rivers Adventures

4
nights
Lexington

Lexington ©
Home to two prestigious educational institutions, Lexington was founded in 1778.
Step out of the city life by going to Virginia Safari Park and Goshen Pass. Earth, Fire, & Spirit Pottery and Lee Chapel and Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Lexington side-trips: Highland County Museum (in McDowell), Crabtree Falls (in Wintergreen) and Staunton (Frontier Culture Museum & Woodrow Wilson Birthplace). There's much more to do: appreciate the views at Peaks of Otter Visitor Center, brush up on your military savvy at Museum of Military Memorabilia, examine the collection at George C. Marshall Museum, and take in the pleasant sights at Dinosaur Kingdom II.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Lexington trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bristol to Lexington takes 3 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Bristol in August: high temperatures in Lexington hover around 25°C and lows are around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Lexington

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Natural Bridge, Staunton, Highland County Museum, National D-Day Memorial, Peaks of Otter Visitor Center
Highlights from your plan
Virginia Safari Park ©
Virginia Safari Park
George C. Marshall Museum ©
George C. Marshall Museum
Frontier Culture Museum ©
Frontier Culture Museum

7
nights
Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park ©
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Get a sense of the local culture at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park and Vietnam War Foundation Museum. Attractions like Bearfence Mountain and Zipline make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Shenandoah National Park side-trips: Copper Fox Distillery (in Sperryville), Luray (Stony Man Mountain Hike & Luray Caverns) and Charlottesville (C'ville Arts: A Cooperative Gallery & Monticello). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Skyline Drive, hike along Appalachian Trail, see the interesting displays at Camera Heritage Museum, and brush up on your military savvy at Augusta Military Academy Museum.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Shenandoah National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Lexington to Shenandoah National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, Shenandoah National Park is a bit warmer than Lexington - with highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Luray, Charlottesville, Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Copper Fox Distillery, Augusta Military Academy Museum
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
Monticello ©
Monticello
Luray Caverns ©
Luray Caverns

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