7 days in Virginia Itinerary

7 days in Virginia Itinerary

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7 days in Virginia Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
train:  2​h 30​min
1
Charlottesville
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Appomattox
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Williamsburg
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Virginia Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Chincoteague Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

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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 13th (Sat): contemplate the long history of James Monroe's Highland and then steep yourself in history at James Madison's Montpelier. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Saunders-Monticello Trail, then browse the exhibits of Frontier Culture Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Charlottesville tour website .

Washington DC to Charlottesville is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway, bus, and flight. In April in Charlottesville, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Appomattox.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Frontier Culture Museum, James Madison's Montpelier
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James Madison's Montpelier ©
James Madison's Montpelier
James Monroe's Highland ©
James Monroe's Highland
Frontier Culture Museum ©
Frontier Culture Museum

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Appomattox

Appomattox ©
Appomattox is a town in Appomattox County, Virginia, United States. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): learn about all things military at The American Civil War Museum - Appomattox, then contemplate the long history of McLean House, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Appomattox tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Charlottesville to Appomattox by car takes about 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Appomattox are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Appomattox

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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McLean House ©
McLean House

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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 16th (Tue): take in the history at American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, contemplate the long history of Colonial Williamsburg, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Williamsburg trip itinerary site .

Drive from Appomattox to Williamsburg in 2.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
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Colonial Williamsburg ©
Colonial Williamsburg
American Revolution Museum at Yorktown ©
Bruton Parish Episcopal Church ©
Bruton Parish Episcopal Church

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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 17th (Wed): admire the majestic nature at First Landing State Park, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then kick back and relax at Sandbridge Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Virginia Beach trip planner .

Drive from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Virginia Beach are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Chincoteague Island.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Sandbridge Beach ©
Sandbridge Beach
First Landing State Park ©
First Landing State Park
Horseback Riding Tours

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nights
Chincoteague Island

Famous for a wild breed of horses--Chincoteague Ponies--Chincoteague Island embraces the mystery of some of North America’s oldest inhabitants.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): cast your line with a fishing tour and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Chincoteague Island day trip app .

Getting from Virginia Beach to Chincoteague Island by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Virginia Beach in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Chincoteague Island: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Chincoteague Island

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge ©
Fishing Charters & Tours

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