9 days in Virginia Itinerary

9 days in Virginia Itinerary

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9 days in Virginia Itinerary

Start: Chattanooga
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
1
Luray
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Charlottesville
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Williamsburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Virginia Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Chincoteague Island
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Alexandria
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
End: Chattanooga

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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.
On the 11th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Luray Valley Museum and then take in breathtaking views at Luray Caverns.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Luray route planner.

Chattanooga to Luray is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Chattanooga in July, Luray is slightly colder at night with lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Luray

Parks Nature Museums
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Luray Caverns ©
Luray Caverns
Luray Valley Museum ©
Luray Valley 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 12th (Fri): view the masterpieces at C'ville Arts: A Cooperative Gallery, contemplate the long history of James Monroe's Highland, then contemplate the long history of Mulberry Row, then take in nature's colorful creations at Monticello, and finally steep yourself in history at The Glass Palette - Interactive Glass Art Studio.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Charlottesville trip maker tool .

You can drive from Luray to Charlottesville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. In July, daytime highs in Charlottesville are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Monticello ©
Monticello
James Monroe's Highland ©
James Monroe's Highland

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown Settlement. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 13th (Sat) at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. It doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Historic Jamestowne and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Williamsburg trip planner.

Traveling by car from Charlottesville to Williamsburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Williamsburg

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, kick back and relax at Virginia Beach, and then take in the waterfront at Virginia Beach Boardwalk.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Virginia Beach online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. July in Virginia Beach sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Chincoteague Island.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Virginia Beach Boardwalk ©
Virginia Beach Boardwalk
Virginia Beach ©
Virginia Beach

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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.
On the 17th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Chincoteague Island trip planner .

You can drive from Virginia Beach to Chincoteague Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. July in Chincoteague Island sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Alexandria.

Things to do in Chincoteague Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge ©

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Alexandria

Alexandria ©
Just a few metro stops away from the bustle of Washington D.C., Alexandria provides a respite from the fast-paced capital.
On the 18th (Thu), stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, then pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Old Town. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of George Washington's Mount Vernon, then take in the history at Manassas National Battlefield Park, and then examine the collection at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Alexandria trip planner.

You can drive from Chincoteague Island to Alexandria in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Alexandria

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Arlington, Manassas National Battlefield Park, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, George Washington's Mount Vernon
Highlights from your plan
Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
George Washington's Mount Vernon ©
George Washington's Mount Vernon

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