7 days in Virginia Itinerary

7 days in Virginia Itinerary

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Charlottesville
— 1 day
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Williamsburg
— 3 nights
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Virginia Beach
— 1 night
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Arlington
— 2 nights
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Charlottesville

— 1 day

Hoo-Ville

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 21st (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Monticello and then deepen your understanding at The Glass Palette - Interactive Glass Art Studio.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Charlottesville trip planner.

Chicago to Charlottesville is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Charlottesville due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in April; daily highs in Charlottesville reach 69°F and lows reach 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites · Parks

Williamsburg

— 3 nights

Colonial Capital

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 24th (Sat) at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Colonial Williamsburg, take a tour of Jamestown Settlement, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take an in-depth tour of Historic Jamestowne.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Williamsburg visit planning app.

You can drive from Charlottesville to Williamsburg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April in Williamsburg, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Virginia Beach

— 1 night

The Resort City

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 25th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, take in the waterfront at Virginia Beach Boardwalk, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Virginia Beach, and finally sample the fine beverages at Tarnished Truth Distilling Company.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Virginia Beach day trip planning website.

Getting from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In April in Virginia Beach, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can fly to Arlington.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Arlington

— 2 nights

National History, Local Flavor

Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county of Arlington blends big city and sprawling suburban environments.
On the 26th (Mon), appreciate the history behind U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, then stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, and finally don't miss a visit to John F. Kennedy Grave Site. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at The Basilica of Saint Mary, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Mount Vernon Trail, then see the interesting displays at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, and finally steep yourself in history at Little Library.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Arlington road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Virginia Beach to Arlington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Arlington, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites · Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Virginia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Wineries & Vineyards · Gardens
Old Dominion
The home of the first permanent English colony in the New World, Virginia is a prime holiday destination for those looking to immerse themselves in American heritage. Proud of its colorful history, distinct culture, and southern drawl, Virginians see their state as the place where the imaginary line between the north and the south is drawn. With scenic beauties as diverse as its people, Virginia is a land of rolling hills, rugged mountains, lush valleys, dense forests, and secluded beaches along picturesque bays. Bordered on the east by the Atlantic and the west by the Appalachian Mountains, with rolling farmland in the middle, the state offers countless places to visit for history buffs, nature lovers, and passionate foodies.