5 days in Virginia Itinerary

5 days in Virginia Itinerary

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5 days in Virginia Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + bus:  9​h
1
Luray
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Arlington
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): hike along Stony Man Mountain Hike, then take in the awesome beauty at Bearfence Mountain, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Copper Fox Distillery. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Skyline Drive and then hike along Appalachian Trail.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Luray trip planner.

San Francisco to Luray is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Francisco to Luray due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in August, you will find days in Luray are a bit warmer (83°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Arlington.

Things to do in Luray

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Shenandoah National Park, Copper Fox Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Bearfence Mountain ©
Bearfence Mountain
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
Stony Man Mountain Overlook ©
Stony Man Mountain Overlook

2
nights
Arlington

Arlington ©
Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county of Arlington blends big city and sprawling suburban environments.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, then get your game on at iFLY Indoor Skydiving - Loudoun, and then examine the collection at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the Marine Corps, and then grab your bike and head to Mount Vernon Trail.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Arlington trip planner .

You can drive from Luray to Arlington in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. Traveling from Luray in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 71°F in Arlington. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Arlington

Parks Museums Trails

Side Trips

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, National Museum of the Marine Corps, iFLY Indoor Skydiving - Loudoun
Highlights from your plan
Mount Vernon Trail ©
Mount Vernon Trail
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center ©
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

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