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8 days in United States Itinerary
Start: Newport News
Williamsburg— 1 night
Drive: 2h 15min
Charlottesville— 2 nights
Drive: 1h 15min
Shenandoah National Park— 2 nights
Drive: 1h 15min
Luray— 1 night
Drive: 5h 30min
Chincoteague Island— 1 day
Drive: 2h 45min
End: Newport News
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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 5th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Jamestown Settlement, then steep yourself in history at Historic Jamestowne, and then admire the masterpieces at Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Colonial Williamsburg, then steep yourself in history at George Wythe House, then steep yourself in history at Governor's Palace, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church.
To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Williamsburg online route builder .
Newport News to Williamsburg is an approximately half hour bus ride. You can also drive. In July in Williamsburg, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Charlottesville.
Things to do in Williamsburg
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.On the 7th (Sun), experience rural life at Carter Mountain Orchard, get a taste of the local shopping with Michie Tavern ca. 1784, then contemplate the long history of James Monroe's Highland, then don't miss a visit to Les Yeux du Monde, and finally admire all the interesting features of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have fun and explore at Virginia Discovery Museum, admire the landmark architecture of University of Virginia, and then contemplate the long history of James Madison's Montpelier.
For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Charlottesville trip builder site .
Traveling by car from Williamsburg to Charlottesville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Charlottesville when traveling from Williamsburg in July, with lows around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Shenandoah National Park.
Things to do in Charlottesville
James Madison's Montpelier
Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Bearfence Mountain and then take in the awesome beauty at Skyland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): shop like a local with Black Bear Art Studio, then stroll through Old Rag Mountain Hike, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Dark Hollow Falls.
To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Shenandoah National Park vacation planning website .
You can drive from Charlottesville to Shenandoah National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Luray.
Things to do in Shenandoah National Park
Black Bear Art Studio
Cabin Capital of Virginia
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.Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): explore the stunning scenery at Luray Caverns, see the interesting displays at Luray Valley Museum, and then take a memorable drive along Skyline Drive.
To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Luray online travel planner .
Getting from Williamsburg to Luray by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Williamsburg in July; daily highs in Luray reach 86°F and lows reach 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Chincoteague Island.
Things to do in Luray
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 12th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.
For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Chincoteague Island online trip builder .
Traveling by car from Luray to Chincoteague Island takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, train, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Luray in July, Chincoteague Island is a bit warmer at night with lows of 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive back home.
Things to do in Chincoteague Island
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