7 days in Washington DC, Luray & Williamsburg Itinerary

7 days in Washington DC, Luray & Williamsburg Itinerary

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7 days in Washington DC, Luray & Williamsburg Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
1
Washington DC
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Luray
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Williamsburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Capitol Hill, examine the collection at Smithsonian Institution Building, then examine the collection at The National Archives Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of National Portrait Gallery. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Tomb of the Unknowns, then take a stroll through Old Town, then brush up on your military savvy at U.S. Naval Academy, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Washington DC tour itinerary planning tool .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Washington DC. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Luray.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, U.S. Naval Academy, Old Town
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Capitol Hill ©
Capitol Hill
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
U.S. Naval Academy ©
U.S. Naval Academy

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Luray

Luray ©
Nestled in the heart of the valley formed by the Shenandoah River, Luray draws visitors with a vast underground cavern system adorned with stalactites, stalagmites, and mirrored pools.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): do a tasting at River Hill Wine & Spirits, examine the collection at Cooter's in Luray, then take an in-depth tour of The Car and Carriage Caravan Museum, and finally take a memorable drive along Skyline Drive.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Luray day trip tool .

Drive from Washington DC to Luray in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Washington DC in July, Luray is little chillier at night with lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Luray

Outdoors Scenic Drive Nature

Side Trip

Skyline Drive
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The Car and Carriage Caravan Museum ©
Cooter's in Luray ©
Cooter's in Luray
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Governor's Palace and Hollywood Cemetery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Yorktown Battlefield. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Williamsburg: The Mariners' Museum & Park (in Newport News) and White House of the Confederacy (in Richmond). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 17th (Wed) at Water Country USA. And it doesn't end there: take in the history at American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, look for gifts at Yankee Candle Company, see the interesting displays at U.S. Army Transportation Museum, and appreciate the history behind Yorktown Victory Monument.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Williamsburg trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Luray to Williamsburg by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Luray in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 73°F in Williamsburg. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yorktown, Richmond, Newport News
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Yorktown Battlefield ©
Yorktown Battlefield
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts ©
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Governor's Palace ©
Governor's Palace

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