8 days in Virginia, South Carolina & North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in Virginia, South Carolina & North Carolina Itinerary

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Arlington
— 1 night
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Williamsburg
— 1 night
Drive
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Myrtle Beach
— 1 night
Drive
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Charleston
— 2 nights
Drive
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Asheville
— 2 nights
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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 21st (Mon): appreciate the history behind U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, then get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, then stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, and finally make a trip to John F. Kennedy Grave Site.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Arlington visit planner.

San Francisco to Arlington is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway and train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect Arlington to be somewhat warmer, temps between 82°F and 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites

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Williamsburg

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the galleries of Colonial Williamsburg, then contemplate the long history of Governor's Palace, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Williamsburg trip tool.

Drive from Arlington to Williamsburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and train; or fly. In September in Williamsburg, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Myrtle Beach.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites · Museums

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Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is a coastal city on the east coast of the United States in Horry County, South Carolina. On the 23rd (Wed), wander the streets of Broadway at the Beach, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach, and then experience the excitement of Myrtle Beach SkyWheel.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Myrtle Beach trip planner.

You can drive from Williamsburg to Myrtle Beach in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and car. In September in Myrtle Beach, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Charleston.

Things to do in Myrtle Beach

Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games · Shopping · Parks

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Charleston

Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Warren Lasch Conservation Center - H.L. Hunley Submarine and then stroll through Magnolia Plantation & Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Fort Sumter National Monument, snap pictures at Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, and then walk around Joe Riley Waterfront Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Charleston trip planner.

You can drive from Myrtle Beach to Charleston in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. September in Charleston sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 70°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Charleston

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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Asheville

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy and then sample the tasty concoctions at New Belgium Brewing Company. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Biltmore, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, and then go deep underground at Crystal Mountain Gem Mine.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Asheville holiday planner.

Drive from Charleston to Asheville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Charleston in September, expect Asheville to be little chillier, temps between 79°F and 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Virginia travel guide

4.6
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.

South Carolina travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · Dolphin & Whale Watching · Gardens
The Palmetto State
Composed of five distinct geographic regions with boundaries roughly parallel to the Atlantic coastline, South Carolina embraces rich history, scenic beauty, and outstanding cuisine. Originally established as a slave society dependent on the cultivation of rice and indigo, the state now boasts a diverse economy that includes massive production of textile goods, chemical products, machinery, and automobiles. Widely regarded as the beginning of the Deep South, the state remains a deeply conservative part of the country, fervently clinging to its religious and cultural traditions. South Carolinians are kind and open hosts to those who vacation here, eager to share the wealth of their cultural heritage with curious visitors. With many remarkable places to visit like Charleston and Hilton Head, your itinerary here is sure to be diverse and full of scenic attractions.

North Carolina travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Zipline
The Tar Heel State
A top destination for a holiday in nature, North Carolina provides a seemingly endless variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing. While the state's rural regions offer a taste of traditional Appalachian music and culture, its increasingly diverse big cities feature modern skyscrapers, renowned museums, and historical neighborhoods perfect for sightseeing tours. The coastal region, famous for its year-round temperate climate, attracts millions of annual visitors, making North Carolina the sixth most-visited state in the country. Though it's hard to find a quiet time of year in coastal North Carolina, the state's inland areas retain many secluded corners where you can experience the laid-back Old South atmosphere.