9 days in Virginia, Washington DC & Charlotte Itinerary

9 days in Virginia, Washington DC & Charlotte Itinerary

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9 days in Virginia, Washington DC & Charlotte Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Arlington
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Charlotte
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Houston

3
nights
Arlington

Arlington ©
Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county of Arlington blends big city and sprawling suburban environments.
Explore Arlington's surroundings by going to Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (in Chantilly), National Museum of the Marine Corps (in Triangle) and Gettysburg (Victorian Photography Studio, Gettysburg National Military Park, & more). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Arlington National Cemetery, pause for some photo ops at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, grab your bike and head to Mount Vernon Trail, and steep yourself in history at Little Library.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Arlington online vacation builder .

Houston to Arlington is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Houston to Arlington due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Houston in December, things will get a bit cooler in Arlington: highs are around 51°F and lows about 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Washington DC.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Gettysburg, Old Town, National Museum of the Marine Corps, Little Library, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
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Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park
Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

3
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Step out of Washington DC with an excursion to Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore--about 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, get lost in a book at Library of Congress, pause for some photo ops at Lincoln Memorial, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral.

Plan trip to Washington DC with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Washington DC is just a short distance from Arlington. December in Washington DC sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Charlotte.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trip

Horseshoe Casino
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

2
nights
Charlotte

Charlotte ©
A rapidly growing city in central North Carolina, Charlotte is the state's largest urban center and a major regional hub for finance, industry, technology, and entertainment.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): trek along Buzzard Rock Trail, then browse the collection at Billy Graham Library, and then get your game on at Escape Kings. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Chester County Historical Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Foundation For The Carolinas, then see the interesting displays at NASCAR Hall of Fame, and finally appreciate the history behind N.C.Korean War Memorial.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Charlotte travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Charlotte takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. While traveling from Washington DC, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Charlotte, ranging from highs of 58°F to lows of 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Buzzard Rock Trail, N.C.Korean War Memorial, Chester County Historical Museum
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Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings
Billy Graham Library ©
Billy Graham Library
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame

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