9 days in Washington DC & Williamsburg Itinerary

9 days in Washington DC & Williamsburg Itinerary

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9 days in Washington DC & Williamsburg Itinerary

Start: Grand Rapids
Drive:  11​h
1
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Williamsburg
— 5 nights
Drive:  13​h 30​min
End: Grand Rapids

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.
National Archives Museum has been added to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, trek along U.S. National Arboretum, and then see the interesting displays at National Archives Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Washington DC journey builder tool .

Grand Rapids to Washington DC is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Grand Rapids in May since evenings lows in Washington DC dip to 59°F. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Washington DC

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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U.S. National Arboretum ©
U.S. National Arboretum
The National Archives Museum ©
The National Archives Museum

5
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 Pamplin Historical Park and Shirley Plantation. Get some cultural insight at Historic Christ Church and Bassett Hall. Get out of town with these interesting Williamsburg side-trips: Cape Charles Beach (in Cape Charles), Carova Beach (in Corolla) and Historic St. Luke's Church Museum (in Smithfield). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hughlett Point Natural Area, admire the landmark architecture of Bacon's Castle, stroll through Yorktown Beach, and try for a hole-in-one at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Williamsburg journey planner.

You can drive from Washington DC to Williamsburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Williamsburg can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Carova Beach, Hughlett Point Natural Area, Cape Charles Beach, Historic Christ Church, Bacon's Castle
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Yorktown Beach ©
Yorktown Beach
St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum ©
Pamplin Historical Park ©
Pamplin Historical Park

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