8 days in Virginia Itinerary

8 days in Virginia Itinerary

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Virginia Beach
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Arlington — 1 night

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 4th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and then stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Catoctin Creek Distillery.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Arlington trip planner.

San Francisco to Arlington is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway and train. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Arlington is 3 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Francisco in February, with highs in Arlington at 48°F and lows at 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to fly to Charlottesville.
Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums
Side Trips

Charlottesville — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Monticello and then contemplate the long history of The Glass Palette - Interactive Glass Art Studio.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Charlottesville road trip planner.

You can fly from Arlington to Charlottesville in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of subway and train. February in Charlottesville sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 30°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Richmond.
Historic Sites · Parks

Richmond — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): get a sense of history and politics at Virginia Capitol Building, admire the masterpieces at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Maymont. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Shirley Plantation, then see the interesting displays at Virginia Aviation Museum, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Strangeways Brewing.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Richmond tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Charlottesville to Richmond takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Virginia Beach.
Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks
Side Trip

Virginia Beach — 3 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Virginia Beach side-trips: Williamsburg (Historic Jamestowne & Colonial Williamsburg). There's much more to do: sample the fine beverages at Tarnished Truth Distilling Company, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, take in the waterfront at Virginia Beach Boardwalk, and take an in-depth tour of Military Aviation Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Virginia Beach trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Richmond to Virginia Beach takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. February in Virginia Beach sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums
Side Trips

Virginia travel guide

History Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Historic Sites
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.