8 days in Williamsburg & Shenandoah National Park Itinerary

8 days in Williamsburg & Shenandoah National Park Itinerary

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8 days in Williamsburg & Shenandoah National Park Itinerary

Start: Newark
Drive:  11​h
1
Williamsburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Shenandoah National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
End: Newark

4
nights
Williamsburg

Williamsburg ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Williamsburg: Richmond (Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Maymont, & more) and Kings Dominion (in Doswell). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Colonial Williamsburg, make a splash at Water Country USA, browse the exhibits of Historic Jamestowne, and step aboard Jamestown Settlement.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Williamsburg trip builder site .

Newark to Williamsburg is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Williamsburg can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Richmond, Yorktown Battlefield, Kings Dominion
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Colonial Williamsburg ©
Colonial Williamsburg
Historic Jamestowne ©
Historic Jamestowne
Jamestown Settlement ©
Jamestown Settlement

3
nights
Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park ©
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Rose River Falls as well as Luray Caverns. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Rose River Falls, explore the stunning scenery at Luray Caverns, then trek along Limberlost Trail, then trek along Old Rag Mountain Hike, and finally explore and take pictures at Skyline Drive. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bearfence Mountain, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Skyland, then take in the dramatic scenery at Dark Hollow Falls, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Dean Cemetery.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Shenandoah National Park online route planner .

Traveling by car from Williamsburg to Shenandoah National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Shenandoah National Park when traveling from Williamsburg in September, with lows around 60°F. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Luray Caverns
Highlights from your plan
Old Rag Mountain Hike ©
Old Rag Mountain Hike
Luray Caverns ©
Luray Caverns
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive

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