40 days in Virginia Itinerary

40 days in Virginia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Virginia trip planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

40 days in Virginia Itinerary

Start: Hefei
Fly + Drive:  27​h
1
Luray
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Roanoke
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Charlottesville
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Williamsburg
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Virginia Beach
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Chincoteague Island
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Alexandria
— 10 nights
Drive + Fly:  28​h
End: Hefei

3
nights
Luray

Luray ©
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.
Head to R.H. Ballard Shop & Gallery and River District Artsfor plenty of shopping. Get outdoors at Luray Caverns and Stony Man Mountain Hike. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Luray: Shenandoah National Park (Bearfence Mountain, Appalachian Trail, & more), Cooter's in the Country (in Sperryville) and Brandy Station Foundation (in Brandy Station). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Skyline Drive, hike along Luray Hawksbill Greenway, and sample the fine beverages at Copper Fox Distillery.

Plan my trip to Luray with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Hefei, China to Luray is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Hefei to Luray, you'll gain 13 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, Luray is slightly colder than Hefei - with highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Roanoke.

Things to do in Luray

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Shenandoah National Park, Sperryville, R.H. Ballard Shop & Gallery, Brandy Station Foundation
Highlights from your plan
Luray Caverns ©
Luray Caverns
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
Stony Man Mountain Overlook ©
Stony Man Mountain Overlook

4
nights
Roanoke

Roanoke ©
Roanoke is an independent city in the U.S. Visiting Cascade Falls and George Washington & Jefferson National Forests will get you outdoors. Earth, Fire, & Spirit Pottery and Mabry Mill are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Roanoke's surroundings by going to Blue Ridge Music Center (in Galax), National D-Day Memorial (in Bedford) and Sinking Creek Covered Bridge (in Newport). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Lee Chapel and Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Episcopal Church, learn about all things military at Museum of Military Memorabilia, and take an in-depth tour of Patrick Henry's Red Hill.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Roanoke trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Luray to Roanoke in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August, daytime highs in Roanoke are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Roanoke

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Lexington, National D-Day Memorial, George Washington & Jefferson National Forests, Patrick Henry's Red Hill, Sinking Creek Covered Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Lee Chapel and Museum ©
Lee Chapel and Museum
The Blue Ridge Music Center ©
The Blue Ridge Music Center
Cascade Falls ©
Cascade Falls

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Frontier Culture Museum and Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Monticello and Mulberry Row. Change things up with these side-trips from Charlottesville: Old Rag Mountain Hike (in Shenandoah National Park), Canal Basin Square (in Scottsville) and James Madison's Montpelier (in Montpelier Station). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at King Family Vineyards, learn about all things military at Vietnam War Foundation Museum, steep yourself in history at McLean House, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Charlottesville online trip maker .

Getting from Roanoke to Charlottesville by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. August in Charlottesville sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Appomattox, McDowell, Canal Basin Square, James Madison's Montpelier, Brownsburg Museum
Highlights from your plan
Old Rag Mountain Hike ©
Old Rag Mountain Hike
Monticello ©
Monticello

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Colonial Williamsburg and St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Historic Jamestowne and Blandford Church and Cemetery. Explore Williamsburg's surroundings by going to Richmond (Virginia Museum of Fine Arts & St. John's Episcopal Church), Cold Harbor National Cemetery (in Mechanicsville) and Newport News (USS Monitor Center & The Mariners' Museum & Park). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Jamestown Settlement, witness the site of a historic battle at Yorktown Battlefield, pause for some serene contemplation at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church, and kick back and relax at Yorktown Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Williamsburg itinerary planner .

You can drive from Charlottesville to Williamsburg in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August in Williamsburg, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Yorktown, Richmond, Newport News, Cold Harbor National Cemetery, St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum
Highlights from your plan
Colonial Williamsburg ©
Colonial Williamsburg
Historic Jamestowne ©
Historic Jamestowne
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.
Head to Shooting Star Gallery and Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Art Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Get outdoors at Virginia Beach and Fort Story Jetty. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Virginia Beach: Cape Charles Beach (in Cape Charles), Hampton (Fort Monroe's Casemate Museum & Old Point Comfort Lighthouse) and The Hill House (in Portsmouth). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Sandbridge Beach, sample the fine beverages at Chesapeake Bay Distillery, explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Virginia, and take in the history at Brock Environmental Center - Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Virginia Beach vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Chincoteague Island.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Portsmouth, Cape Charles, Norfolk, Hampton
Highlights from your plan
Virginia Beach ©
Virginia Beach
Military Aviation Museum ©
Military Aviation Museum
Chrysler Museum of Art ©
Chrysler Museum of Art

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Tryfan Gallery and Assateague Lighthouse. Escape the urban bustle at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Bike Depot. Step out of Chincoteague Island to go to Onancock and see Ker Place, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Chincoteague, and look for gifts at Pony Tails.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Chincoteague Island road trip planning tool .

Getting from Virginia Beach to Chincoteague Island by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Alexandria.

Things to do in Chincoteague Island

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Assateague Lighthouse, Ker Place
Highlights from your plan
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge ©
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Museum of Chincoteague ©
Museum of Chincoteague

10
nights
Alexandria

Alexandria ©
Just a few metro stops away from the bustle of Washington D.C., Alexandria provides a respite from the fast-paced capital.
Head to Torpedo Factory Art Center and Alexandria Farmers Market (Old Town Farmer's Market)for some retail therapy. Museum-lovers will appreciate Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and National Museum of the Marine Corps. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Alexandria: Winchester (Virginia Museum of Veiled History, Rocking S Ranch, & more), Heritage Hunt Golf Course (in Gainesville) and Quantico National Cemetery (in Quantico). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Old Town, do a tasting at Effingham Manor Winery, admire the landmark architecture of George Washington's Mount Vernon, and witness the site of a historic battle at Manassas National Battlefield Park.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Alexandria trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Chincoteague Island to Alexandria takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. September in Alexandria sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Alexandria

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Arlington, Fredericksburg, Winchester, Mount Vernon, Manassas
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center ©
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Similar Plans

7 days in Virginia & Assateague Island BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 11 days in Virginia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, kids, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in Virginia & Washington DC BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Virginia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, teens, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 2 days in Virginia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Virginia BY A USER FROM ISRAEL August, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Virginia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 6 days in Virginia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 4 days in Virginia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 6 days in Virginia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 5 days in Virginia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 5 days in Virginia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, outdoors, beaches, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, kids, outdoors, beaches, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans