9 days in Virginia Itinerary

9 days in Virginia Itinerary

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9 days in Virginia Itinerary

Start: Moline
Fly + Drive:  9​h
1
Chincoteague Island
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Virginia Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Williamsburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Charlottesville
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Luray
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Arlington
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h
End: Moline

1
night
Chincoteague Island

Chincoteague Island ©
Famous for a wild breed of horses--Chincoteague Ponies--Chincoteague Island embraces the mystery of some of North America’s oldest inhabitants.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take a memorable tour with Tours and then look for all kinds of wild species at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Chincoteague Island trip planner.

Moline to Chincoteague Island is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Moline to Chincoteague Island, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Moline in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Chincoteague Island, with lows around 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Chincoteague Island

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge ©
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
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 23rd (Thu), brush up on your military savvy at Military Aviation Museum, see the interesting displays at Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Virginia Beach, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Virginia Beach Boardwalk.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Virginia Beach trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Chincoteague Island to Virginia Beach takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Virginia Beach can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Museums Outdoors Beaches
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Military Aviation Museum ©
Military Aviation Museum
Virginia Beach ©
Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum ©

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 24th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Colonial Williamsburg, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum, and then look for gifts at Whitley's Peanut Factory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a tour of Jamestown Settlement, contemplate the long history of Historic Jamestowne, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Williamsburg sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Virginia Beach to Williamsburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum
Highlights from your plan
Colonial Williamsburg ©
Colonial Williamsburg
Historic Jamestowne ©
Historic Jamestowne
St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum ©

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 26th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Ivy Creek Natural Area, then steep yourself in history at The Glass Palette - Interactive Glass Art Studio, then take in nature's colorful creations at Monticello, and finally take in the exciting artwork at C'ville Arts: A Cooperative Gallery.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Charlottesville trip builder site .

Getting from Williamsburg to Charlottesville by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Charlottesville when traveling from Williamsburg in July, with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Luray.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Monticello ©
Monticello
C'ville Arts: A Cooperative Gallery ©

1
night
Luray

Luray ©
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 27th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Elkwallow Picnic Area, then trek along Stony Man Mountain Overlook, and then take in breathtaking views at Luray Caverns.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Luray online travel planner .

Drive from Charlottesville to Luray in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In July in Luray, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Arlington.

Things to do in Luray

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Elkwallow Picnic Area
Highlights from your plan
Luray Caverns ©
Luray Caverns
Stony Man Mountain Overlook ©
Stony Man Mountain Overlook
Elkwallow Picnic Area ©
Elkwallow Picnic Area

2
nights
Arlington

Arlington ©
Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county of Arlington blends big city and sprawling suburban environments.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Gulf Branch Nature Center, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, then steep yourself in history at Arlington National Cemetery, and finally don't miss a visit to John F. Kennedy Grave Site. On your second day here, explore the galleries of The Rising Sun Tavern, then brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the Marine Corps, then examine the collection at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, and finally contemplate the long history of Little Library.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Arlington day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Luray to Arlington takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Arlington when traveling from Luray in July, with lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, National Museum of the Marine Corps, The Rising Sun Tavern, Little Library
Highlights from your plan
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center ©
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

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