31 days in Virginia Itinerary

31 days in Virginia Itinerary

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31 days in Virginia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  25​h
1
Fredericksburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Luray
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Charlottesville
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Lexington
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Appomattox
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Williamsburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Chincoteague Island
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + bus + Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

4
nights
Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg ©
Fredericksburg is an independent city located in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the Eastern United States. Get some cultural insight at National Museum of the Marine Corps and Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. Chatham Manor and The Rising Sun Tavern will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Manassas National Battlefield Park (in Manassas), Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (in Winchester) and Stratford Hall (in Stratford). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont, contemplate the long history of Kenmore Plantation and Gardens, pause for some serene contemplation at St George's Episcopal Church, and stop by Sugar + Spruce Bath & Body.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Fredericksburg trip itinerary builder .

Sydney, Australia to Fredericksburg is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 15 hours traveling from Sydney to Fredericksburg. Traveling from Sydney in November, expect nights in Fredericksburg to be colder, around 2°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Luray.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

National Museum of the Marine Corps, Essex County Museum and Historical Society, Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont, Quantico National Cemetery, Manassas National Battlefield Park
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Chatham Manor ©
Chatham Manor
National Museum of the Marine Corps ©

4
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Car and Carriage Caravan Museum and Stony Man Mountain Hike. Get some historical perspective at Shenandoah Valley Cultural Heritage Museum at The Edinburg Mill and New Market State Historical Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Luray: Rappahannock Cellars (in Huntly), Dark Hollow Falls (in Shenandoah National Park) and Culpeper (Museum of Culpeper History & Moving Meadows Farm). And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with R.H. Ballard Shop & Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Warehouse Art Gallery, sample the fine beverages at River Hill Wine & Spirits, and take in breathtaking views at Luray Caverns.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Luray trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Fredericksburg to Luray in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In December in Luray, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Luray

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Sperryville, Washington, Shenandoah National Park, Culpeper, Shenandoah Valley Cultural Heritage Museum at The Edinburg Mill
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Stony Man Mountain Overlook ©
Stony Man Mountain Overlook
Rappahannock Cellars ©
Rappahannock Cellars
Little Washington Winery ©
Little Washington Winery

4
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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.
James Madison's Montpelier and James Monroe's Highland will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will get to explore Frontier Culture Museum and The Arts Center in Orange. Explore Charlottesville's surroundings by going to Old Rag Mountain Hike (in Shenandoah National Park), Afton (Silverback Distillery & Veritas Vineyard & Winery) and Bold Rock Hard Cider (in Nellysford). The adventure continues: do a tasting at King Family Vineyards, learn about all things military at Vietnam War Foundation Museum, admire the striking features of University of Virginia, and take in the exciting artwork at McGuffey Art Center.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Charlottesville trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Luray to Charlottesville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Lexington.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites Shopping Wineries

Side Trips

Afton, Frontier Culture Museum, Bold Rock Hard Cider, The Arts Center in Orange, Vietnam War Foundation Museum
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 9:
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James Monroe's Highland ©
James Monroe's Highland
James Madison's Montpelier ©
James Madison's Montpelier
Frontier Culture Museum ©
Frontier Culture Museum

5
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Lexington

Lexington ©
Home to two prestigious educational institutions, Lexington was founded in 1778.
Appreciate the collections at Lee Chapel and Museum and Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Wilderness Adventure At Eagle Landing and Blackwater Creek Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lexington: Crabtree Falls (in Wintergreen), McDowell (McDowell Battlefield & Highland County Museum) and C & O Railway Heritage Center (in Clifton Forge). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Stonewall Jackson House, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Episcopal Church, look for all kinds of wild species at Virginia Safari Park, and stroll the grounds of Old City Cemetery.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Lexington travel route builder tool .

Traveling by car from Charlottesville to Lexington takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Charlottesville in December: high temperatures in Lexington hover around 6°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Appomattox.

Things to do in Lexington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Staunton, McDowell, Lynchburg, C & O Railway Heritage Center, Brownsburg Museum
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 14:
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Lee Chapel and Museum ©
Lee Chapel and Museum
Virginia Safari Park ©
Virginia Safari Park

3
nights
Appomattox

Appomattox ©
Appomattox is a town in Appomattox County, Virginia, United States. Visit Appomattox Court House National Historical Park and McLean House for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Patrick Henry's Red Hill and The American Civil War Museum - Appomattox. Get out of town with these interesting Appomattox side-trips: Robert Russa Moton Museum (in Farmville), High Bridge Trail State Park (in Green Bay) and Avoca Museum & Historical Society (in Altavista). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Clover Hill Village, admire the majestic nature at Holliday Lake State Park, and take in the history at Appomattox Station Battlefield Park.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Appomattox trip planner .

You can drive from Lexington to Appomattox in 1.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Lexington in December: highs in Appomattox hover around 12°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Appomattox

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Patrick Henry's Red Hill, Avoca Museum & Historical Society, Robert Russa Moton Museum, High Bridge Trail State Park
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 17:
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McLean House ©
McLean House

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and White House of the Confederacy. Hollywood Cemetery and The Mariners' Museum & Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Williamsburg side-trips: Berkeley Plantation (in Charles City) and Carytown (in Richmond). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church, contemplate the long history of Colonial Williamsburg, do a tasting at Silver Hand Meadery, and take an in-depth tour of Historic Jamestowne.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Williamsburg travel planner.

Drive from Appomattox to Williamsburg in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Appomattox in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Williamsburg, with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Chincoteague Island.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Richmond, American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, Berkeley Plantation, The Mariners' Museum & Park
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American Revolution Museum at Yorktown ©
Berkeley Plantation ©
Berkeley Plantation

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nights
Chincoteague Island

Famous for a wild breed of horses--Chincoteague Ponies--Chincoteague Island embraces the mystery of some of North America’s oldest inhabitants.
For shopping fun, head to Tryfan Gallery or Captain Steve's Bait and Tackle. Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Museum of Chincoteague. Spend the 24th (Tue) exploring nature at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. The adventure continues: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, examine the collection at Beebe Ranch, get outside with Donald J. Leonard, and let the kids burn off some steam at Chincoteague Veteran's Memorial Park.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our Chincoteague Island trip builder website .

Drive from Williamsburg to Chincoteague Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chincoteague Island

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Chincoteague Bay Field Station
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Museum of Chincoteague ©
Museum of Chincoteague

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