9 days in Virginia Itinerary

9 days in Virginia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Virginia attractions planner

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Virginia Beach
— 2 nights
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Richmond
— 2 nights
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Charlottesville
— 2 nights
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Luray
— 2 nights
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Virginia Beach

— 2 nights

The Resort City

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.
Family-friendly places like Military Aviation Museum and First Landing State Park will thrill your kids. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and Historic Jamestowne. Change things up with these side-trips from Virginia Beach: Williamsburg (Colonial Williamsburg, Bruton Parish Episcopal Church, &more) and Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Yorktown). There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Cape Henry Lighthouse and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Virginia Beach holiday maker site.

Houston to Virginia Beach is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Houston to Virginia Beach due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Houston in October, things will get little chillier in Virginia Beach: highs are around 74°F and lows about 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Richmond.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Richmond

— 2 nights

The River City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take a stroll through Carytown, take in the history at Berkeley Plantation, and then browse the exhibits of Pamplin Historical Park. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Hollywood Cemetery, then get a sense of history and politics at Virginia Capitol Building, and then see the interesting displays at White House of the Confederacy.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Richmond online trip planner.

You can drive from Virginia Beach to Richmond in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Richmond when traveling from Virginia Beach in October, with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Richmond

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Charlottesville

— 2 nights

Hoo-Ville

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 28th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Frontier Culture Museum, and then admire the striking features of University of Virginia. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of James Madison's Montpelier, contemplate the long history of James Monroe's Highland, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Monticello.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Charlottesville tour planner.

Getting from Richmond to Charlottesville by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Luray.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Luray

— 2 nights

Cabin Capital of Virginia

Nestled in the heart of the valley formed by the Shenandoah River, Luray draws visitors with a vast underground cavern system adorned with stalactites, stalagmites, and mirrored pools.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): stroll through Appalachian Trail, examine the collection at Shenandoah Caverns, then Head underground at Shenandoah Caverns, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Car and Carriage Caravan Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sun): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then stroll through Stony Man Mountain Overlook, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Dark Hollow Falls.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Luray trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Charlottesville to Luray in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. October in Luray sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Luray

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Virginia travel guide

4.6
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.