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 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Appomattox
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Richmond
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Virginia Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Chincoteague Island
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

1
day
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 14th (Sun): contemplate the long history of James Monroe's Highland, then admire the masterpieces at Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, and then admire the landmark architecture of University of Virginia.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Charlottesville trip planning site .

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, daytime highs in Charlottesville are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Appomattox.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Museums Historic Sites
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University of Virginia ©
University of Virginia
James Monroe's Highland ©
James Monroe's Highland

1
night
Appomattox

Appomattox ©
Appomattox is a town in Appomattox County, Virginia, United States. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): brush up on your military savvy at The American Civil War Museum - Appomattox, contemplate the long history of McLean House, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, and finally take an in-depth tour of Clover Hill Village.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Appomattox planning tool .

Getting from Charlottesville to Appomattox by car takes about 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Richmond.

Things to do in Appomattox

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
McLean House ©
McLean House

1
night
Richmond

Richmond ©
The capital city of Virginia, Richmond has diverse architecture, a large collection of monuments, and world-class museums that reveal the city's important role in American history.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): get a sense of history and politics at Virginia Capitol Building, learn about all things military at White House of the Confederacy, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Episcopal Church, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Cemetery, and finally wander the streets of Carytown.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Richmond vacation builder website .

Traveling by car from Appomattox to Richmond takes 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Richmond can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Richmond

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
White House of the Confederacy ©
White House of the Confederacy
Hollywood Cemetery ©
Hollywood Cemetery
Virginia Capitol Building ©
Virginia Capitol Building

3
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Horseback Riding Tours and Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum. Visiting Sandbridge Beach and First Landing State Park will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Virginia Beach: American Revolution Museum at Yorktown (in Yorktown), The Mariners' Museum & Park (in Newport News) and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum (in Williamsburg). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Military Aviation Museum, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Henry Lighthouse, and explore the world behind art at Chrysler Museum of Art.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Virginia Beach road trip website .

Drive from Richmond to Virginia Beach in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Virginia Beach can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Chincoteague Island.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, The Mariners' Museum & Park, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, Chrysler Museum of Art
Highlights from your plan
Military Aviation Museum ©
Military Aviation Museum
Sandbridge Beach ©
Sandbridge Beach
First Landing State Park ©
First Landing State Park

1
night
Chincoteague Island

Famous for a wild breed of horses--Chincoteague Ponies--Chincoteague Island embraces the mystery of some of North America’s oldest inhabitants.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): grab your bike and head to Bike Depot, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Chincoteague, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Chincoteague Island trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Virginia Beach to Chincoteague Island in 2.5 hours. Other options are to 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Chincoteague Island

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Museum of Chincoteague ©
Museum of Chincoteague

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