9 days in Washington DC & Shenandoah Valley Itinerary

9 days in Washington DC & Shenandoah Valley Itinerary

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9 days in Washington DC & Shenandoah Valley Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
train:  1​h 45​min
1
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Berryville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Luray
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Lexington
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
End: Philadelphia

2
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.
You'll explore and learn at National Air and Space Museum and National Gallery of Art. Explore hidden gems such as Fell's Point and Old Town. Venture out of the city with trips to U.S. Naval Academy (in Annapolis) and Fort McHenry National Monument (in Baltimore). And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, take a stroll through Capitol Hill, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Washington DC trip planner .

Philadelphia to Washington DC is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In August in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Berryville.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Baltimore, Old Town, U.S. Naval Academy
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
U.S. Naval Academy ©
U.S. Naval Academy

2
nights
Berryville

Berryville ©
Berryville is an incorporated town in and the county seat of Clarke County, Virginia, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the history at Antietam National Battlefield.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Berryville online visit planner .

You can drive from Washington DC to Berryville in 1.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Washington DC in August: high temperatures in Berryville hover around 82°F and lows are around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Luray.

Things to do in Berryville

Nature Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Antietam National Battlefield, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park ©
Antietam National Battlefield ©
Antietam National Battlefield

3
nights
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.
Visiting Skyline Drive and Dark Hollow Falls will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as R.H. Ballard Shop & Gallery and The Car and Carriage Caravan Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Luray side-trips: Little Washington Winery (in Washington), River District Arts (in Sperryville) and The Arts Center in Orange (in Orange). There's still lots to do: trek along Stony Man Mountain Hike, learn about winemaking at Rappahannock Cellars, take in the exciting artwork at Warehouse Art Gallery, and sample the fine beverages at Copper Fox Distillery.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Luray trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Berryville to Luray in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Lexington.

Things to do in Luray

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Sperryville, Shenandoah National Park, Washington, Rappahannock Cellars, The Arts Center in Orange
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The Car and Carriage Caravan Museum ©
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
Stony Man Mountain Overlook ©
Stony Man Mountain Overlook

1
night
Lexington

Lexington ©
Home to two prestigious educational institutions, Lexington was founded in 1778.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Virginia Safari Park, then take in the pleasant sights at Dinosaur Kingdom II, then steep yourself in history at Lee Chapel and Museum, and finally stop by Earth, Fire, & Spirit Pottery.

For ratings and more tourist information, read our Lexington trip planner .

Drive from Luray to Lexington in 2 hours. Traveling from Luray in August, expect Lexington to be a bit cooler, temps between 71°F and 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lexington

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Natural Bridge
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Virginia Safari Park ©
Virginia Safari Park
Lee Chapel and Museum ©
Lee Chapel and Museum
Earth, Fire, & Spirit Pottery ©
Earth, Fire, & Spirit Pottery

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