8 days in Virginia Itinerary

8 days in Virginia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Virginia sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Washington Dulles International Airport, Drive to Charlottesville
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Charlottesville
— 1 day
Drive
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Williamsburg
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chincoteague Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Arlington
— 1 night
Drive
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Luray
— 2 nights
Drive to Washington Dulles International Airport, Fly to Nuremberg

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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 2nd (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Monticello.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Charlottesville trip itinerary planning site.

Nuremberg, Germany to Charlottesville is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Nuremberg to Charlottesville due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Nuremberg in July, expect Charlottesville to be somewhat warmer, temps between 88°F and 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

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.
On the 3rd (Sat), steep yourself in history at Colonial Williamsburg, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Colonial National Historical Park, and then hike along Tyndall's Point Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Historic Jamestowne and then take a tour of Jamestown Settlement.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Williamsburg sightseeing planner.

Getting from Charlottesville to Williamsburg by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Williamsburg, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 73°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Chincoteague Island.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Here are some ideas for day two: grab your bike and head to Bike Depot, then get outside with Donald J. Leonard, and then take a memorable tour with Captain Dan's Around the Island Tours.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Chincoteague Island trip planner.

Traveling by car from Williamsburg to Chincoteague Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Williamsburg in July, expect nights in Chincoteague Island to be about the same, around 72°F, while days are little chillier, around 86°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Arlington.

Things to do in Chincoteague Island

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

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.
On the 7th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, make a trip to John F. Kennedy Grave Site, then stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Arlington road trip planning site.

Drive from Chincoteague Island to Arlington in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, train, and subway. July in Arlington sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Luray.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Luray

— 2 nights

Cabin Capital of Virginia

Nestled in the heart of the valley formed by the Shenandoah River, Luray draws visitors with a vast underground cavern system adorned with stalactites, stalagmites, and mirrored pools.
On the 8th (Thu), trek along Stony Man Mountain Overlook, stroll through Kennedy Peak Hike, and then explore the stunning scenery at Luray Caverns.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Luray route planning tool.

You can drive from Arlington to Luray in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Arlington in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 66°F in Luray. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Luray

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Virginia travel guide

4.6
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.