8 days in South Carolina & Virginia Itinerary

8 days in South Carolina & Virginia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States holiday planner

Make it your trip
Drive
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Edisto Island
— 1 day
Drive
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Charleston
— 3 nights
Fly
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Charlottesville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Richmond
— 1 night
Drive
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Virginia Beach
— 1 night
Fly

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Edisto Island

— 1 day
Edisto Island is one of South Carolina's Sea Islands, the larger part of which lies in Charleston County, with its southern tip in Colleton County. On the 21st (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve and Wildlife Management Area, enjoy the sand and surf at Edisto Beach State Park, and then see majestic marine mammals with Botany Bay Ecotours.

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Charleston to Edisto Island is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. In November, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Charleston.

Things to do in Edisto Island

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Charleston

— 3 nights
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Visit McLeod Plantation Historic Site and Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fort Moultrie and Rainbow Row. When in Charleston, make a side trip to see Charleston Tea Garden in Wadmalaw Island, approximately Wadmalaw Island away. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church, examine the collection at Edmondston-Alston House, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, and visit a coastal fixture at Sullivan's Island Lighthouse.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Charleston online route planner.

Traveling by car from Edisto Island to Charleston takes 1.5 hours. In November in Charleston, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Charleston

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Charlottesville

— 2 nights

Hoo-Ville

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 25th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Frontier Culture Museum and then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of James Madison's Montpelier and then admire the striking features of University of Virginia.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Charlottesville route planner.

Traveling by flight from Charleston to Charlottesville takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Charleston in November, with highs in Charlottesville at 59°F and lows at 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Richmond.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Richmond

— 1 night

The River City

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.
On the 27th (Fri), learn about all things military at White House of the Confederacy, then ponder the world of politics at Virginia Capitol Building, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Cemetery.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Richmond trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Charlottesville to Richmond takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Richmond sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 38°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Richmond

Historic Sites · Museums

Virginia Beach

— 1 night

The Resort City

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 28th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Military Aviation Museum and then kick back and relax at Sandbridge Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Virginia Beach trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Richmond to Virginia Beach in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daytime highs in Virginia Beach are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Museums · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

South Carolina travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · Dolphin & Whale Watching · Gardens
The Palmetto State
Composed of five distinct geographic regions with boundaries roughly parallel to the Atlantic coastline, South Carolina embraces rich history, scenic beauty, and outstanding cuisine. Originally established as a slave society dependent on the cultivation of rice and indigo, the state now boasts a diverse economy that includes massive production of textile goods, chemical products, machinery, and automobiles. Widely regarded as the beginning of the Deep South, the state remains a deeply conservative part of the country, fervently clinging to its religious and cultural traditions. South Carolinians are kind and open hosts to those who vacation here, eager to share the wealth of their cultural heritage with curious visitors. With many remarkable places to visit like Charleston and Hilton Head, your itinerary here is sure to be diverse and full of scenic attractions.

Virginia travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Wineries & Vineyards · Specialty Museums
Old Dominion
The home of the first permanent English colony in the New World, Virginia is a prime holiday destination for those looking to immerse themselves in American heritage. Proud of its colorful history, distinct culture, and southern drawl, Virginians see their state as the place where the imaginary line between the north and the south is drawn. With scenic beauties as diverse as its people, Virginia is a land of rolling hills, rugged mountains, lush valleys, dense forests, and secluded beaches along picturesque bays. Bordered on the east by the Atlantic and the west by the Appalachian Mountains, with rolling farmland in the middle, the state offers countless places to visit for history buffs, nature lovers, and passionate foodies.