8 days in Virginia & Washington DC Itinerary

8 days in Virginia & Washington DC Itinerary

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8 days in Virginia & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: Brussels
+3
Fly + bus + subway + train:  13​h
1
Richmond
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Alexandria
— 1 night
subway:  15​min
3
Arlington
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
4
Washington DC
— Few hours
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Brussels

3
nights
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.
For shopping fun, head to Yankee Candle Company or Carytown. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Colonial Williamsburg and James Madison's Montpelier. Explore Richmond's surroundings by going to St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum (in Smithfield), Historic Jamestowne (in Williamsburg) and Thomas Jefferson's Monticello (in Charlottesville). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Maymont.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Richmond tour itinerary planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Richmond is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Brussels to Richmond, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Brussels, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Richmond, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Alexandria.

Things to do in Richmond

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Williamsburg, St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum, Monticello, James Madison's Montpelier
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Colonial Williamsburg ©
Colonial Williamsburg
Historic Jamestowne ©
Historic Jamestowne
Monticello ©
Monticello

1
night
Alexandria

Alexandria ©
Just a few metro stops away from the bustle of Washington D.C., Alexandria provides a respite from the fast-paced capital.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes George Washington Masonic National Memorial. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Old Town and then pause for some photo ops at George Washington Masonic National Memorial.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Alexandria vacation planner .

You can drive from Richmond to Alexandria in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and subway; or take a train. December in Alexandria sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Washington DC.

Things to do in Alexandria

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Old Town ©
Old Town

2
nights
Arlington

Arlington ©
Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county of Arlington blends big city and sprawling suburban environments.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Arlington House - The Robert E. Lee Memorial. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Reston Town Center.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Arlington vacation planner .

Arlington is just a short distance from Alexandria. In December, daily temperatures in Arlington can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. You will leave for Washington DC on the 1st (Tue).

Things to do in Arlington

Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Reston Town Center
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Reston Town Center ©
Reston Town Center

few
hours
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.
You've now added Big Bus Tours to your itinerary.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Washington DC sightseeing planner .

Washington DC is just a stone's throw from Alexandria. December in Washington DC sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Parks Tours Nightlife

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