6 days in Virginia Itinerary

6 days in Virginia Itinerary

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6 days in Virginia Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  3​h
1
Alexandria
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Williamsburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Virginia Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Chincoteague Island
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Charlotte

1
night
Alexandria

Alexandria ©
Just a few metro stops away from the bustle of Washington D.C., Alexandria provides a respite from the fast-paced capital.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the different monuments and memorials at Arlington National Cemetery and then see the interesting displays at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of George Washington's Mount Vernon, steep yourself in history at Old Town, then get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and finally appreciate the history behind U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Alexandria road trip planning tool .

Charlotte to Alexandria is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Alexandria can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Alexandria

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Arlington, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, George Washington's Mount Vernon
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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center ©
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

2
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 19th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church, contemplate the long history of Colonial Williamsburg, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yorktown Beach. On the next day, step aboard Jamestown Settlement, then contemplate the long history of Historic Jamestowne, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Alewerks Brewing Company.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Williamsburg vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Alexandria to Williamsburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trip

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sandbridge Beach, take in the waterfront at Virginia Beach Boardwalk, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Virginia Beach.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Virginia Beach itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Chincoteague Island.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Virginia Beach ©
Virginia Beach
Sandbridge Beach ©
Sandbridge Beach
Virginia Beach Boardwalk ©
Virginia Beach Boardwalk

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Chincoteague Island trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Virginia Beach to Chincoteague Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Virginia Beach in May: highs in Chincoteague Island hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chincoteague Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge ©

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