7 days in Gainesville, Arlington & Bristow Itinerary

7 days in Gainesville, Arlington & Bristow Itinerary

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7 days in Gainesville, Arlington & Bristow Itinerary

Start: Gainesville
1
Gainesville
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Arlington
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Bristow
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Gainesville

1
night
Gainesville

Gainesville ©
Gainesville is the county seat and largest city in Alachua County, Florida, United States, and the principal city of the Gainesville, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at Florida Museum of Natural History, take in nature's colorful creations at Butterfly Rainforest, then identify plant and animal life at University of Florida Bat House, and finally admire the majestic nature at Ichetucknee Springs State Park. On your second day here, meet the residents at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, then admire the striking features of Matheson History Museum, and then immerse yourself in nature at Silver Springs State Park.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Gainesville. July in Gainesville sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Arlington.

Things to do in Gainesville

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Ichetucknee Springs State Park, Silver Springs State Park
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Ichetucknee Springs State Park ©
Ichetucknee Springs State Park
Silver Springs State Park ©
Silver Springs State Park
Butterfly Rainforest ©
Butterfly Rainforest

3
nights
Arlington

Arlington ©
Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county of Arlington blends big city and sprawling suburban environments.
Bring the kids along to Kings Dominion and The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring. Get out of town with these interesting Arlington side-trips: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (in Chantilly), The Rising Sun Tavern (in Fredericksburg) and Luray Caverns (in Luray). And it doesn't end there: explore the different monuments and memorials at Arlington National Cemetery, appreciate the history behind U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, don't miss a visit to John F. Kennedy Grave Site, and get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Arlington trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Gainesville to Arlington by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bristow.

Things to do in Arlington

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

The Rising Sun Tavern, Kings Dominion, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring, Luray Caverns
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Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery
Luray Caverns ©
Luray Caverns
The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring ©
The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring

1
night
Bristow

Bristow ©
Bristow is an unincorporated community of Prince William County in Northern Virginia about 30 miles from Washington, DC. On the 29th (Mon), learn about winemaking at Effingham Manor Winery.

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Traveling by car from Arlington to Bristow takes an hour. Traveling from Arlington in July, plan for little chillier nights in Bristow, with lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bristow

Wineries

Side Trip

Effingham Manor Winery
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Effingham Manor Winery ©
Effingham Manor Winery

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