7 days in Virginia Itinerary

7 days in Virginia Itinerary

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7 days in Virginia Itinerary

Start: Albuquerque
Fly:  7​h
1
Charlottesville
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Williamsburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Virginia Beach
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
4
Arlington
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Albuquerque

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): view the masterpieces at C'ville Arts: A Cooperative Gallery, then admire the natural beauty at Monticello, then relax in the rural setting at Carter Mountain Orchard, and finally admire the landmark architecture of University of Virginia.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Charlottesville route maker site .

Albuquerque to Charlottesville is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Albuquerque to Charlottesville is 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Charlottesville are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Monticello ©
Monticello
Carter Mountain Orchard ©
Carter Mountain Orchard
University of Virginia ©
University of Virginia

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 13th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Historic Jamestowne, steep yourself in history at Jamestown Settlement, and then stop by Quirks of Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): examine the collection at St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum, make a trip to Colonial Williamsburg, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Williamsburg driving holiday app .

Drive from Charlottesville to Williamsburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Charlottesville in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Williamsburg, with lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum
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Colonial Williamsburg ©
Colonial Williamsburg
Jamestown Settlement ©
Jamestown Settlement
St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): brush up on your military savvy at Military Aviation Museum, then sample the fine beverages at Tarnished Truth Distilling Company, then take in the pleasant sights at King Neptune Statue on the Boardwalk, and finally take in the waterfront at Virginia Beach Boardwalk.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Virginia Beach trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in October, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Arlington.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Museums Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Virginia Beach Boardwalk ©
Virginia Beach Boardwalk
Tarnished Truth Distilling Company ©
Military Aviation Museum ©
Military Aviation Museum

2
nights
Arlington

Arlington ©
Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county of Arlington blends big city and sprawling suburban environments.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take a stroll through Old Town, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, then contemplate the long history of Arlington National Cemetery, and finally make a trip to John F. Kennedy Grave Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the exhibits of George Washington's Mount Vernon, then see the interesting displays at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Catoctin Creek Distillery.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Arlington trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Virginia Beach to Arlington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or drive. In October in Arlington, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Catoctin Creek Distillery, Old Town, George Washington's Mount Vernon, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Highlights from your plan
Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center ©
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

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