7 days in Washington DC & Alexandria Itinerary

7 days in Washington DC & Alexandria Itinerary

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7 days in Washington DC & Alexandria Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
1
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Train:  15 min
2
Alexandria
— 3 nights
Train:  15 min
End: Washington DC

3
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Visiting Antietam National Battlefield and Ballenger Creek Linear Trail will get you outdoors. National Air and Space Museum and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Gettysburg National Military Park (in Gettysburg) and Luray Caverns (in Luray). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, take in the spiritual surroundings of Washington National Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and explore the activities along Tidal Basin.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Washington DC attractions planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Washington DC. In October, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Alexandria.

Things to do in Washington DC

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gettysburg National Military Park, Luray Caverns, Ballenger Creek Linear Trail, Antietam National Battlefield
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National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum

3
nights
Alexandria

Alexandria ©
Just a few metro stops away from the bustle of Washington D.C., Alexandria provides a respite from the fast-paced capital.
Alexandria Farmers Market (Old Town Farmer's Market) has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): examine the collection at National Museum of the Marine Corps, then get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and then take in the waterfront at Old Town Waterfront. Keep things going the next day: pick up some local products at Alexandria Farmers Market (Old Town Farmer's Market), examine the collection at Carlyle House, then take a stroll through Old Town, and finally shop like a local with Torpedo Factory Art Center.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Alexandria driving holiday planner.

Alexandria is just a short distance from Washington DC. In October, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow time for the train ride back home.

Things to do in Alexandria

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Arlington, National Museum of the Marine Corps
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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
National Museum of the Marine Corps ©
National Museum of the Marine Corps
Mount Vernon Trail ©
Mount Vernon Trail

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