8 days in Williamsburg & Washington DC Itinerary

8 days in Williamsburg & Washington DC Itinerary

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8 days in Williamsburg & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: Detroit
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
1
Williamsburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Washington DC
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Detroit

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): stop by Whitley's Peanut Factory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church, then contemplate the long history of Colonial Williamsburg, then admire the masterpieces at Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Williamsburg Art Gallery.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Williamsburg trip itinerary planner .

Detroit to Williamsburg is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Detroit in September, things will get a bit warmer in Williamsburg: highs are around 84°F and lows about 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Washington DC.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Historic Christ Church, Whitley's Peanut Factory
Highlights from your plan
Colonial Williamsburg ©
Colonial Williamsburg
Bassett Hall ©
Bassett Hall
Historic Christ Church ©
Historic Christ Church

5
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 inner history buff will appreciate Antietam National Battlefield and Old Town. Let the collections at National Air and Space Museum and National Gallery of Art capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Washington DC: Copper Fox Distillery (in Sperryville), Gettysburg National Military Park (in Gettysburg) and Skyline Drive (in Shenandoah National Park). There's much more to do: sample the fine beverages at Sagamore Spirit Distillery, take in the exciting artwork at Waverly Street Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Loch Raven Reservoir, and learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Washington DC online day trip planner .

You can drive from Williamsburg to Washington DC in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Old Town, Antietam National Battlefield, Copper Fox Distillery, Loch Raven Reservoir, Waverly Street Gallery
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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