6 days in Shenandoah National Park, Charlottesville & Virginia Beach Itinerary

6 days in Shenandoah National Park, Charlottesville & Virginia Beach Itinerary

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6 days in Shenandoah National Park, Charlottesville & Virginia Beach Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Drive:  2​h 45​min
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Shenandoah National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Charlottesville
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Virginia Beach
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

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nights
Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park ©
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Step off the beaten path and head to James Madison's Montpelier and Copper Fox Distillery. Change things up with these side-trips from Shenandoah National Park: Bold Rock Hard Cider (in Nellysford), Little Washington Winery (in Washington) and Valley Road Vineyards (in Afton). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bearfence Mountain, hike along Old Rag Mountain Hike, and stroll the grounds of Dean Cemetery.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Shenandoah National Park day trip planning site .

Washington DC to Shenandoah National Park is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of subway, bus, and flight. Expect little chillier evenings in Shenandoah National Park when traveling from Washington DC in August, with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

James Madison's Montpelier, Bold Rock Hard Cider, Copper Fox Distillery, Little Washington Winery, Valley Road Vineyards
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Bearfence Mountain ©
Bearfence Mountain
Bold Rock Hard Cider ©
Bold Rock Hard Cider
Copper Fox Distillery ©
Copper Fox Distillery

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): learn about winemaking at Keswick Vineyards, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then steep yourself in history at James Monroe's Highland, and finally take in the exciting artwork at C'ville Arts: A Cooperative Gallery.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Charlottesville trip planning tool .

You can drive from Shenandoah National Park to Charlottesville in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In August in Charlottesville, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Keswick Vineyards
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Balloon Rides
Keswick Vineyards ©
Keswick Vineyards
James Monroe's Highland ©
James Monroe's Highland

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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.
On the 13th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Sandbridge Beach, take in the waterfront at Virginia Beach Boardwalk, and then immerse yourself in nature at First Landing State Park. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Chicks Beach, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Chesapeake Bay Distillery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Virginia Beach trip planner .

Getting from Charlottesville to Virginia Beach by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Charlottesville in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Virginia Beach, with lows of 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Sandbridge Beach ©
Sandbridge Beach
Chick's Beach ©
Chick's Beach
Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge ©
Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

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