18 days in Virginia, Knoxville & Alabama Itinerary

18 days in Virginia, Knoxville & Alabama Itinerary

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18 days in Virginia, Knoxville & Alabama Itinerary

Start: Albany
Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
1
Damascus
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Knoxville
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
3
Orange Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Montgomery
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Charlottesville
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Williamsburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Virginia Beach
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
Arlington
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Albany


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1
night
Damascus

Damascus ©
Damascus is a town in Washington County, Virginia, United States. To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Damascus trip website .

Albany to Damascus is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. In July, daily temperatures in Damascus can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Knoxville.

Things to do in Damascus

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Grayson Highlands State Park
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Grayson Highlands State Park ©
Grayson Highlands State Park

4
nights
Knoxville

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Knoxville: Gatlinburg (Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, Sugarlands Distilling Company, & more), Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Roaring Fork, Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, & more) and Pigeon Forge (Dollywood & Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster). And it doesn't end there: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, admire the landmark architecture of First Baptist Church, and explore the activities along 5 Rivers Adventures.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Knoxville trip maker .

You can drive from Damascus to Knoxville in 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Knoxville are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Orange Beach.

Things to do in Knoxville

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Gatlinburg, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge, Hartford
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River Rafting & Tubing
Dollywood ©
Dollywood
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company

2
nights
Orange Beach

Orange Beach exists solely as a tourist beach town, with a permanent population of less than 6,000.
On the 7th (Sun), get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Foley Railroad Museum, don't miss a visit to Fairhope Avenue, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Orange Beach driving holiday planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Knoxville to Orange Beach in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In July, daytime highs in Orange Beach are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Montgomery.

Things to do in Orange Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Foley Railroad Museum, Fairhope Avenue
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Fishing Charters & Tours
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
nights
Montgomery

Montgomery ©
Montgomery is the capital of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Dexter Parsonage Museum - Dr. Martin Luther King home, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Episcopal Church, then make a trip to Jackson Lake Island, and finally play a few rounds at Capitol Hill Golf Course. On your second day here, pause for some photo ops at National Memorial for Peace and Justice, then explore and take pictures at Riverwalk Stadium, then get engrossed in the history at Civil Rights Memorial Center, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Montgomery trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Orange Beach to Montgomery takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Montgomery can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Montgomery

Historic Sites Golf Outdoors

Side Trips

Jackson Lake Island, Capitol Hill Golf Course
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National Memorial for Peace and Justice ©
Civil Rights Memorial Center ©
Civil Rights Memorial Center

1
day
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 11th (Thu): learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, gain insight at University of Virginia, and then admire the natural beauty at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Charlottesville online tour itinerary builder .

You can fly from Montgomery to Charlottesville in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Montgomery to Charlottesville, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Tours Parks Historic Sites
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Distillery Tours
Monticello ©
Monticello
University of Virginia ©
University of Virginia

3
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.
Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 13th (Sat) at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Colonial Williamsburg, explore and take pictures at Colonial Parkway, take a tour of Jamestown Settlement, and stop by Quirks of Art.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Williamsburg trip planner .

You can drive from Charlottesville to Williamsburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Colonial Parkway
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Colonial Williamsburg ©
Colonial Williamsburg
Busch Gardens Williamsburg ©
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Historic Jamestowne ©
Historic Jamestowne

2
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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 15th (Mon): learn about all things military at Military Aviation Museum, then take in the waterfront at Virginia Beach Boardwalk, then examine the collection at Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Virginia Beach. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at MacArthur Memorial, explore the world behind art at Chrysler Museum of Art, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sandbridge Beach, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Chesapeake Bay Distillery.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Virginia Beach trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Virginia Beach are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Arlington.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Norfolk
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Military Aviation Museum ©
Military Aviation Museum
Virginia Beach Boardwalk ©
Virginia Beach Boardwalk
Virginia Beach ©
Virginia Beach

2
nights
Arlington

Arlington ©
Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county of Arlington blends big city and sprawling suburban environments.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the Marine Corps, then examine the collection at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, and then get your game on at iFLY Indoor Skydiving - Loudoun. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Tomb of the Unknowns, step off the mainland to explore Theodore Roosevelt Island Park, and then steep yourself in history at Arlington National Cemetery.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Arlington trip planner.

You can fly from Virginia Beach to Arlington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Arlington are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

National Museum of the Marine Corps, iFLY Indoor Skydiving - Loudoun, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery
Theodore Roosevelt Island Park ©
Theodore Roosevelt Island Park

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