8 days in Virginia Itinerary

8 days in Virginia Itinerary

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Fly
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Norfolk
— 1 night
Drive
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Richmond
— 2 nights
Drive
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Charlottesville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Arlington
— 2 nights
Fly

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Norfolk

Norfolk formed around a natural harbor that’s home to the world’s largest naval base, which helped cement the city as a keystone for strategic military planning and government.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): examine the collection at Military Aviation Museum and then kick back and relax at Sandbridge Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): admire all the interesting features of Colonial Parkway, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church, then steep yourself in history at George Wythe House, and finally explore the world behind art at Chrysler Museum of Art.

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New Orleans to Norfolk is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from New Orleans in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be colder in Norfolk, with lows of 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Richmond.

Things to do in Norfolk

Museums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks

Side Trips

2
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Richmond

The River City

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 15th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Episcopal Church, then get a sense of history and politics at Virginia Capitol Building, then explore the world behind art at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Cemetery. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Shirley Plantation, then witness the site of a historic battle at Berkeley Plantation, and then learn about all things military at White House of the Confederacy.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Richmond trip planner.

Getting from Norfolk to Richmond by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In February in Richmond, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 31°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Richmond

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

2
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Charlottesville

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.
On the 17th (Wed), Head underground at Grand Caverns, contemplate the long history of Frontier Culture Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Woodrow Wilson Birthplace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at James Madison's Montpelier, then steep yourself in history at James Monroe's Highland, and then steep yourself in history at The Glass Palette - Interactive Glass Art Studio.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Charlottesville online trip maker.

Getting from Richmond to Charlottesville by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In February in Charlottesville, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 30°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Arlington.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

2
nights
Arlington

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, contemplate the long history of Arlington House - The Robert E. Lee Memorial, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Arlington National Cemetery, and finally don't miss a visit to John F. Kennedy Grave Site. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the Marine Corps, then admire the masterpieces at Gari Melchers Home and Studio, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Arlington trip maker tool.

You can drive from Charlottesville to Arlington in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and subway. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in February, and nighttime lows around 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Virginia travel guide

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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.