8 days in Virginia Itinerary

8 days in Virginia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Virginia route planner

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Charlottesville
— 1 day
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Williamsburg
— 2 nights
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Virginia Beach
— 2 nights
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Chincoteague Island
— 2 nights
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Arlington
— 1 night
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Charlottesville

— 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Monticello, make a trip to Les Yeux du Monde, and then steep yourself in history at The Glass Palette - Interactive Glass Art Studio.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Charlottesville trip itinerary maker site.

Washington to Charlottesville is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. In May, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites · Parks

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 9th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Governor's Palace and then take an in-depth tour of Colonial Williamsburg. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Jamestown Settlement, take an in-depth tour of Historic Jamestowne, and then look for gifts at Silver Hand Meadery.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Williamsburg trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Charlottesville to Williamsburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Williamsburg, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Shopping

Virginia Beach

— 2 nights

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 11th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Chrysler Museum of Art, then see the interesting displays at Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, then take a leisurely stroll along Virginia Beach Boardwalk, and finally stroll through Virginia Beach. Keep things going the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, then take an in-depth tour of Military Aviation Museum, and then sample the fine beverages at Tarnished Truth Distilling Company.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Virginia Beach attractions site.

You can drive from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Virginia Beach, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Chincoteague Island.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Chincoteague Island

— 2 nights
Famous for a wild breed of horses--Chincoteague Ponies--Chincoteague Island embraces the mystery of some of North America’s oldest inhabitants.
On the 13th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Chincoteague Bay Field Station, then head outdoors with Donald J. Leonard, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with Captain Dan's Around the Island Tours. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Chincoteague Island trip tool.

Traveling by car from Virginia Beach to Chincoteague Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Virginia Beach in May, plan for little chillier days in Chincoteague Island, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Arlington.

Things to do in Chincoteague Island

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Arlington

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Old Town, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, then contemplate the long history of Arlington National Cemetery, and finally make a trip to John F. Kennedy Grave Site.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Arlington day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Chincoteague Island to Arlington takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, train, and subway. In May, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Virginia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Wineries & Vineyards · Gardens
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.