12 days in Capital Region USA Itinerary

12 days in Capital Region USA Itinerary

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12 days in Capital Region USA Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Ocean City
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Virginia Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Williamsburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Charlottesville
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Luray
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: New York City

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Walking tours and Antietam National Battlefield. Step out of Washington DC with an excursion to U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis--about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Washington DC day trip site .

Chicago to Washington DC is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Washington DC is 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Ocean City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

U.S. Naval Academy, Antietam National Battlefield, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
Walking tours
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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Ocean City

Ocean City ©
One of the country's favorite vacation resorts, Ocean City draws nearly 8 million visitors annually with its oceanfront boardwalk, clean beaches, and amusement parks.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Ocean City Beach, take in the waterfront at Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Rehoboth Beach Public Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): take a leisurely stroll along Ocean City Boardwalk, then take in the waterfront at Ocean City Boardwalk, and then walk around Northside Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ocean City road trip site .

Getting from Washington DC to Ocean City by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Washington DC, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ocean City, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Ocean City

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Rehoboth Beach, Ocean City Boardwalk
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Ocean City Beach ©
Ocean City Beach
Ocean City Boardwalk ©
Ocean City Boardwalk
Northside Park ©
Northside Park

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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 20th (Tue): observe the fascinating underwater world at Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, kick back and relax at Virginia Beach, and then take a leisurely stroll along Virginia Beach Boardwalk. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, then steep yourself in history at Cape Henry Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sandbridge Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Virginia Beach online trip planner .

You can drive from Ocean City to Virginia Beach in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Virginia Beach can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum
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Virginia Beach ©
Virginia Beach
Sandbridge Beach ©
Sandbridge Beach

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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.
On the 22nd (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church, then steep yourself in history at Jamestown Settlement, and then steep yourself in history at Historic Jamestowne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a splash at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Williamsburg tour planner .

Getting from Virginia Beach to Williamsburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Busch Gardens Williamsburg ©
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Bruton Parish Episcopal Church ©
Bruton Parish Episcopal Church
Historic Jamestowne ©
Historic Jamestowne

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): steep yourself in history at James Monroe's Highland, then explore and take pictures at Monticello, then relax in the rural setting at Carter Mountain Orchard, and finally admire the striking features of University of Virginia.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Charlottesville trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Williamsburg to Charlottesville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Williamsburg in August; daily highs in Charlottesville reach 34°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Luray.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites Parks
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Monticello ©
Monticello
Carter Mountain Orchard ©
Carter Mountain Orchard
University of Virginia ©
University of Virginia

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 25th (Sun): examine the collection at The Car and Carriage Caravan Museum and then trek along Luray Hawksbill Greenway.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Luray trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Charlottesville to Luray by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. In August, daily temperatures in Luray can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Luray

Trails Parks Outdoors
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Luray Hawksbill Greenway ©
Luray Hawksbill Greenway
The Car and Carriage Caravan Museum ©