8 days in Washington DC & Shenandoah National Park Itinerary

8 days in Washington DC & Shenandoah National Park Itinerary

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8 days in Washington DC & Shenandoah National Park Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
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Washington DC
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
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Shenandoah National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

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nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes White House as well as Washington Monument. Washington National Cathedral and St Patrick's Catholic Church will appeal to history buffs. Appreciate the collections at National Air and Space Museum and Madame Tussauds DC. Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial, stroll through National Zoological Park, and take a stroll through Old Town.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Washington DC vacation builder site .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Washington DC. May in Washington DC sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
Washington National Cathedral ©
Washington National Cathedral

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Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park ©
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
You've now added Skyline Drive to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): sample the fine beverages at Copper Fox Distillery, then cruise along Skyline Drive, and then learn about winemaking at Sharp Rock Vineyards. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): steep yourself in history at James Madison's Montpelier, then trek along Old Rag Mountain Hike, and then see the interesting displays at Cooter's in the Country.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Shenandoah National Park trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Washington DC to Shenandoah National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of subway, bus, and flight. In May in Shenandoah National Park, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Sperryville, Barboursville Vineyards and Historic Ruins, James Madison's Montpelier
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Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
James Madison's Montpelier ©
James Madison's Montpelier
Copper Fox Distillery ©
Copper Fox Distillery

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