9 days in Virginia Itinerary

9 days in Virginia Itinerary

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9 days in Virginia Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
train:  15​min
1
Alexandria
— 1 day
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Norfolk
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Virginia Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Williamsburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Charlottesville
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

1
day
Alexandria

Alexandria ©
Just a few metro stops away from the bustle of Washington D.C., Alexandria provides a respite from the fast-paced capital.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): get a sense of history and politics at Library of Congress, then see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, and finally appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Alexandria trip maker .

Washington DC to Alexandria is an approximately half hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a subway. In April, daytime highs in Alexandria are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Norfolk.

Things to do in Alexandria

Museums

Side Trip

Washington DC
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National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
Vietnam Veterans Memorial ©
Vietnam Veterans Memorial

2
nights
Norfolk

Norfolk ©
Norfolk formed around a natural harbor that’s home to the world’s largest naval base, which helped cement the city as a keystone for strategic military planning and government.
You've now added Norfolk Botanical Garden to your itinerary. On the 14th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Norfolk Botanical Garden, then meet the residents at Virginia Zoo, and then explore the world behind art at Chrysler Museum of Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Nauticus, admire all the interesting features of Battleship Wisconsin, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Skystar Wheel.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Norfolk holiday maker app .

Fly from Alexandria to Norfolk in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In April, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Norfolk

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Chrysler Museum of Art ©
Chrysler Museum of Art
Battleship Wisconsin ©
Battleship Wisconsin
Norfolk Botanical Garden ©
Norfolk Botanical Garden

2
nights
Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach ©
Holding a record for the longest pleasure beach in the world, Virginia Beach showcases 35 miles of coastline and maintains a longstanding reputation as a family-friendly vacation destination.
On the 16th (Tue), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, then take a leisurely stroll along Virginia Beach Boardwalk, then examine the collection at Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, and finally stroll through Virginia Beach. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Navy Seal Monument, then pause for some photo ops at Naval Aviation Monument, then learn about all things military at Military Aviation Museum, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Virginia Beach route planning app .

Virginia Beach is just a short distance from Norfolk. April in Virginia Beach sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Museums Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Virginia Beach Boardwalk ©
Virginia Beach Boardwalk
Military Aviation Museum ©
Military Aviation Museum

3
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.
Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 20th (Sat) at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Colonial Williamsburg, get engrossed in the history at Historic Jamestowne, take a tour of Jamestown Settlement, and admire the masterpieces at Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, refer to the Williamsburg trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Virginia Beach to Williamsburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. April in Williamsburg sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Colonial Williamsburg ©
Colonial Williamsburg
Busch Gardens Williamsburg ©
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Historic Jamestowne ©
Historic Jamestowne

1
night
Charlottesville

Charlottesville ©
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 21st (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Monticello, then contemplate the long history of James Monroe's Highland, then look for gifts at Michie Tavern ca. 1784, and finally admire the landmark architecture of University of Virginia.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Charlottesville trip planner .

You can drive from Williamsburg to Charlottesville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Charlottesville, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Monticello ©
Monticello
University of Virginia ©
University of Virginia
James Monroe's Highland ©
James Monroe's Highland

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