15 days in Washington DC & Shenandoah National Park Itinerary

15 days in Washington DC & Shenandoah National Park Itinerary

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15 days in Washington DC & Shenandoah National Park Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
1
Washington DC
— 8 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Shenandoah National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
End: Luray

8
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've added Great Falls Park, Old Stone House, Supreme Court, and other attractions to your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Washington DC: Gettysburg (Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, & more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, pause for some photo ops at National World War II Memorial, ponder the world of politics at United States Capitol, and get your bearings at Library of Congress.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Washington DC road trip planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Washington DC. October in Washington DC sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gettysburg, Arlington, Great Falls Park
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ©

6
nights
Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park ©
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Get out of town with these interesting Shenandoah National Park side-trips: Charlottesville (Carter Mountain Orchard, McGuffey Art Center, & more), Luray Caverns (in Luray) and James Madison's Montpelier (in Montpelier Station). There's lots more to do: hike along Old Rag Mountain Hike, stroll through Appalachian Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Skyline Drive, and admire the sheer force of Dark Hollow Falls.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Shenandoah National Park vacation maker .

Getting from Washington DC to Shenandoah National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of subway, bus, and flight. Expect little chillier evenings in Shenandoah National Park when traveling from Washington DC in October, with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Charlottesville, Luray Caverns, James Madison's Montpelier
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Old Rag Mountain Hike ©
Old Rag Mountain Hike
Monticello ©
Monticello
Appalachian Trail ©
Appalachian Trail

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