8 days in Virginia Itinerary

8 days in Virginia Itinerary

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Just a few metro stops away from the bustle of Washington D.C., Alexandria provides a respite from the fast-paced capital.
On the 12th (Wed), stroll around Shirlington Dog Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, then steep yourself in history at Arlington National Cemetery, and finally don't miss a visit to John F. Kennedy Grave Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): contemplate the long history of George Washington's Mount Vernon, explore the different monuments and memorials at Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery, then see the interesting displays at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, and finally contemplate the long history of Little Library.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Alexandria itinerary planner.

Detroit to Alexandria is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Detroit in May since evenings lows in Alexandria dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Alexandria

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips


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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Monticello, then 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, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Charlottesville tour planning site.

Drive from Alexandria to Charlottesville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of subway and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites · Parks


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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.
Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 16th (Sun) at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Colonial Williamsburg, step aboard Jamestown Settlement, get engrossed in the history at Historic Jamestowne, and do a tasting at Silver Hand Meadery.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Williamsburg trip site.

You can drive from Charlottesville to Williamsburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Williamsburg can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Wineries

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.
On the 18th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Chrysler Museum of Art, then examine the collection at Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, then take a leisurely stroll along Virginia Beach Boardwalk, and finally stroll through Virginia Beach. On your second day here, browse the exhibits of Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, then learn about all things military at Military Aviation Museum, and then sample the fine beverages at Tarnished Truth Distilling Company.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Virginia Beach sightseeing website.

Traveling by car from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums

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Virginia travel guide

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.