8 days in Virginia Itinerary

8 days in Virginia Itinerary

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8 days in Virginia Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
1
Chincoteague Island
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Virginia Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Williamsburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Charlottesville
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Arlington
— 2 nights
subway + train:  2​h 30​min
End: Philadelphia

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Chincoteague Island

Chincoteague Island ©
Famous for a wild breed of horses--Chincoteague Ponies--Chincoteague Island embraces the mystery of some of North America’s oldest inhabitants.
On the 16th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Chincoteague Island travel route builder website .

Philadelphia to Chincoteague Island is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. In May in Chincoteague Island, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Chincoteague Island

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge ©

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Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach ©
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 17th (Fri): engage your brain at Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, get engrossed in the history at Military Aviation Museum, and then take in the waterfront at Virginia Beach Boardwalk.

To find out how to plan a trip to Virginia Beach, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Chincoteague Island to Virginia Beach takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in May, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Museums Childrens Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Military Aviation Museum ©
Military Aviation Museum
Virginia Beach Boardwalk ©
Virginia Beach Boardwalk

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Williamsburg

Williamsburg ©
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.
Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 18th (Sat) at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Colonial Williamsburg, get engrossed in the history at Historic Jamestowne, take a tour of Jamestown Settlement, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Williamsburg trip planner .

Traveling by car from Virginia Beach to Williamsburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In May in Williamsburg, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks
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Busch Gardens Williamsburg ©
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg ©
Colonial Williamsburg
Historic Jamestowne ©
Historic Jamestowne

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Charlottesville

Charlottesville ©
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 21st (Tue): view the masterpieces at C'ville Arts: A Cooperative Gallery, explore the world behind art at Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, then admire the landmark architecture of University of Virginia, then steep yourself in history at Mulberry Row, and finally admire the natural beauty at Monticello.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Charlottesville trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Williamsburg to Charlottesville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Charlottesville sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Arlington.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Monticello ©
Monticello
University of Virginia ©
University of Virginia

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nights
Arlington

Arlington ©
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 22nd (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, make a trip to John F. Kennedy Grave Site, then stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, and finally examine the collection at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): learn about all things military at National Museum of the Marine Corps, then admire the landmark architecture of George Washington's Mount Vernon, and then contemplate the long history of Old Town.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Arlington day trip tool .

You can drive from Charlottesville to Arlington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Old Town, National Museum of the Marine Corps, George Washington's Mount Vernon
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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center ©
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

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