15 days in Virginia Itinerary

15 days in Virginia Itinerary

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15 days in Virginia Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  4​h
1
Virginia Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Williamsburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Charlottesville
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Luray
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Arlington
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: New York City

2
nights
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.
Virginia Beach is known for beaches, zoos & aquariums, adventure, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a leisurely stroll along Virginia Beach Boardwalk, admire the masterpieces at Chrysler Museum of Art, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, and stroll through Sandbridge Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Virginia Beach trip planner .

New York City to Virginia Beach is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Virginia Beach can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Chrysler Museum of Art
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Virginia Beach ©
Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach Boardwalk ©
Virginia Beach Boardwalk
Military Aviation Museum ©
Military Aviation Museum

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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.
Explore Williamsburg's surroundings by going to Richmond (Virginia Museum of Fine Arts & St. John's Episcopal Church) and St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum (in Smithfield). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, steep yourself in history at Colonial Williamsburg, step aboard Jamestown Settlement, and pause for some serene contemplation at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Williamsburg online day trip planner .

Getting from Virginia Beach to Williamsburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Williamsburg are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Richmond, St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum
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Busch Gardens Williamsburg ©
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg ©
Colonial Williamsburg
Historic Jamestowne ©
Historic Jamestowne

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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.
Explore Charlottesville's surroundings by going to Appomattox Court House National Historical Park (in Appomattox), Canal Basin Square (in Scottsville) and Virginia Military Institute (in Lexington). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Monticello, steep yourself in history at James Madison's Montpelier, deepen your understanding at University of Virginia, and hike along Old Rag Mountain Hike.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Charlottesville day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Williamsburg to Charlottesville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Williamsburg in September since evenings lows in Charlottesville dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Luray.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Natural Bridge, Canal Basin Square, James Madison's Montpelier, Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Old Rag Mountain Hike
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Old Rag Mountain Hike ©
Old Rag Mountain Hike
Monticello ©
Monticello
Virginia Military Institute ©
Virginia Military Institute

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Luray side-trips: Shenandoah National Park (Skyline Drive & Bearfence Mountain), Rocking S Ranch (in Winchester) and SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts (in Elkton). There's lots more to do: Head underground at Luray Caverns, admire the natural beauty at Birdsong Pleasure Garden, sample the fine beverages at Copper Fox Distillery, and trek along Stony Man Mountain Hike.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Luray travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Charlottesville to Luray takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Arlington.

Things to do in Luray

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Shenandoah National Park, Rocking S Ranch, SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts, Copper Fox Distillery
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Rocking S Ranch ©
Rocking S Ranch
Luray Caverns ©
Luray Caverns
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive

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Arlington

Arlington ©
Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county of Arlington blends big city and sprawling suburban environments.
Get out of town with these interesting Arlington side-trips: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (in Chantilly), George Washington's Mount Vernon (in Mount Vernon) and National Museum of the Marine Corps (in Triangle). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Arlington National Cemetery, appreciate the history behind U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, take a stroll through Old Town, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Arlington trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Luray to Arlington takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. Traveling from Luray in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Arlington, with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Old Town, National Museum of the Marine Corps, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, George Washington's Mount Vernon
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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center ©
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

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