5 days in Charlottesville & Williamsburg Itinerary

5 days in Charlottesville & Williamsburg Itinerary

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5 days in Charlottesville & Williamsburg Itinerary

Start: Charlottesville
1
Charlottesville
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Williamsburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: Charlottesville

1
night
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.
On the 7th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Frontier Culture Museum, then contemplate the long history of James Madison's Montpelier, and then brush up on your military savvy at Vietnam War Foundation Museum. On the next day, gain insight at University of Virginia, get a taste of the local shopping with Michie Tavern ca. 1784, then steep yourself in history at James Monroe's Highland, then make a trip to Les Yeux du Monde, and finally admire the natural beauty at Monticello.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Charlottesville tour itinerary planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Charlottesville. In June, daytime highs in Charlottesville are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

James Madison's Montpelier, Frontier Culture Museum, Vietnam War Foundation Museum
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Monticello ©
Monticello
James Madison's Montpelier ©
James Madison's Montpelier
Vietnam War Foundation Museum ©
Vietnam War Foundation Museum

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Historic Jamestowne, steep yourself in history at Jamestown Settlement, and then explore the world behind art at Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Colonial Williamsburg, witness the site of a historic battle at American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Williamsburg trip planner .

Traveling by car from Charlottesville to Williamsburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Yorktown
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Colonial Williamsburg ©
Colonial Williamsburg
Historic Jamestowne ©
Historic Jamestowne
Jamestown Settlement ©
Jamestown Settlement

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