8 days in Virginia Itinerary

8 days in Virginia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Virginia visit planner
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Arlington
— 1 night
Fly
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Virginia Beach
— 2 nights
Drive
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Williamsburg
— 3 nights
Drive
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Charlottesville
— 1 night
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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 29th (Sun): walk around Leesylvania State Park and then contemplate the waterfront views at Burke Lake Park. On your second day here, walk around Bluemont Park, then walk around Long Bridge Park, and then walk around Gravelly Point Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Arlington trip planner.

Washington to Arlington is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Washington in August, Arlington is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to fly to Virginia Beach.
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Virginia Beach — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): stroll around Neptune's Park, learn the secrets of beer at Tarnished Truth Distilling Co., and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Casemate Museum at Fort Monroe and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Charles Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Virginia Beach road trip tool.

You can fly from Arlington to Virginia Beach in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Williamsburg.
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Williamsburg — 3 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Colonial National Historical Park and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Change things up with a short trip to Chippokes Plantation State Park in Surry (about 56 minutes away). There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at York River State Park, admire the landmark architecture of Wren Building, steep yourself in history at George Wythe House, and take in the exciting artwork at Williamsburg Art Gallery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Williamsburg trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Virginia Beach to Williamsburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. September in Williamsburg sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Charlottesville.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): hike along Saunders-Monticello Trail, contemplate the long history of Mulberry Row, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Monticello.

Before you visit Charlottesville, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Williamsburg to Charlottesville in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Williamsburg in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Charlottesville, with lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car back home.
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Virginia travel guide

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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.
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