8 days in Virginia Itinerary

8 days in Virginia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Virginia journey planner

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Virginia Beach
— 1 night
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Williamsburg
— 2 nights
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Charlottesville
— 1 night
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Luray
— 1 night
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Arlington
— 2 nights
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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 13th (Fri): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Tarnished Truth Distilling Company, then enjoy the sand and surf at Virginia Beach, and then take in the waterfront at Virginia Beach Boardwalk. Keep things going the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, then admire the masterpieces at Chrysler Museum of Art, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Virginia Beach trip planner.

Philadelphia to Virginia Beach is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Williamsburg

— 2 nights

Colonial Capital

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): cool off at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Jamestown Settlement, then steep yourself in history at Colonial Williamsburg, and then stop by Quirks of Art.

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You can drive from Virginia Beach to Williamsburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Williamsburg sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Charlottesville

— 1 night

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.
On the 17th (Tue), view the masterpieces at C'ville Arts: A Cooperative Gallery, take in nature's colorful creations at Monticello, and then deepen your understanding at The Glass Palette - Interactive Glass Art Studio.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Charlottesville trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Williamsburg to Charlottesville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Williamsburg in August, with highs in Charlottesville at 84°F and lows at 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Luray.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Luray

— 1 night

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 18th (Wed): take in breathtaking views at Luray Caverns, then take an in-depth tour of The Car and Carriage Caravan Museum, and then stroll through Stony Man Mountain Overlook.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Luray route app.

You can drive from Charlottesville to Luray in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Arlington.

Things to do in Luray

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails

Arlington

— 2 nights

National History, Local Flavor

Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county of Arlington blends big city and sprawling suburban environments.
On the 19th (Thu), take a stroll through Old Town, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, then stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, and finally don't miss a visit to John F. Kennedy Grave Site. On your second day here, learn about all things military at National Museum of the Marine Corps, examine the collection at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, and then cool off at Water Mine Family Swimmin' Hole.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Arlington trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Luray to Arlington takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. Traveling from Luray in August, Arlington is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Virginia travel guide

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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.