9 days in Virginia Itinerary

9 days in Virginia Itinerary

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Newport News — 2 nights

Bring the kids along to Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Newport News: Jamestown Settlement (in Williamsburg) and Virginia Beach Boardwalk (in Virginia Beach).

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Newport News holiday planner.

Phoenix to Newport News is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. When traveling from Phoenix in January, plan for much colder days in Newport News, with highs around 48°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Richmond.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums
Side Trips

Richmond — 3 nights

The capital city of Virginia, Richmond has diverse architecture, a large collection of monuments, and world-class museums that reveal the city's important role in American history.
Bring the kids along to Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Maymont. When in Richmond, make a side trip to see Keystone Tractor Works in Colonial Heights, approximately Colonial Heights away. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Virginia Capitol Building, admire the natural beauty at Agecroft Hall & Gardens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Blandford Church and Cemetery, and get engrossed in the history at Virginia Holocaust Museum.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Richmond trip planning site.

Drive from Newport News to Richmond in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Charlottesville.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trips

Charlottesville — 1 night

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 22nd (Sat): contemplate the long history of The Glass Palette - Interactive Glass Art Studio and then take in nature's colorful creations at Monticello.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Charlottesville road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Richmond to Charlottesville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Charlottesville, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 27°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Arlington.
Historic Sites · Parks

Arlington — 2 nights

Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county of Arlington blends big city and sprawling suburban environments.
On the 23rd (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of George Washington's Mount Vernon and then see the interesting displays at National Museum of the Marine Corps. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, explore the different monuments and memorials at Arlington National Cemetery, and then make a trip to John F. Kennedy Grave Site.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Arlington trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Charlottesville to Arlington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. In January, daytime highs in Arlington are 44°F, while nighttime lows are 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips

Virginia travel guide

History Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Historic Sites
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.