7 days in Luray, Charlottesville & Williamsburg Itinerary

7 days in Luray, Charlottesville & Williamsburg Itinerary

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7 days in Luray, Charlottesville & Williamsburg Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Drive:  2​h
1
Luray
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Charlottesville
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Williamsburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in breathtaking views at Luray Caverns and then get in on the family fun at Massanutten Indoor WaterPark. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Luray Valley Museum, then hike along Stony Man Mountain Hike, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Skyline Drive.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Luray road trip planning app .

Washington DC to Luray is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Washington DC in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Luray, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Luray

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Skyline Drive, Massanutten Indoor WaterPark
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Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
Luray Caverns ©
Luray Caverns
Stony Man Mountain Overlook ©
Stony Man Mountain Overlook

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): admire the striking features of University of Virginia, steep yourself in history at Michie Tavern ca. 1784, then admire the natural beauty at Monticello, and finally trek along Saunders-Monticello Trail.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Charlottesville travel planner .

You can drive from Luray to Charlottesville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. May in Charlottesville sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Parks Trails Historic Sites
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Monticello ©
Monticello
University of Virginia ©
University of Virginia
Michie Tavern ca. 1784 ©
Michie Tavern ca. 1784

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.
Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 10th (Fri) at Water Country USA. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 11th (Sat) at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Next up on the itinerary: take a tour of Jamestown Settlement, pause for some serene contemplation at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church, and steep yourself in history at Governor's Palace.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Williamsburg trip planner .

Drive from Charlottesville to Williamsburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Theme Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Busch Gardens Williamsburg ©
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Water Country USA ©
Water Country USA
Jamestown Settlement ©
Jamestown Settlement

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