8 days in Charlottesville, Richmond & Virginia Beach Itinerary

8 days in Charlottesville, Richmond & Virginia Beach Itinerary

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8 days in Charlottesville, Richmond & Virginia Beach Itinerary

Start: Charlottesville
1
Charlottesville
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Richmond
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Virginia Beach
— 2 nights
4
Charlottesville
— 1 night
End: Charlottesville

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): examine the collection at Camera Heritage Museum, then steep yourself in history at Woodrow Wilson Birthplace, and then learn about winemaking at Barren Ridge Vineyards. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Keswick Vineyards, admire the masterpieces at Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia, then browse the eclectic array of goods at City Market, and finally admire the landmark architecture of University of Virginia.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Charlottesville tour planner .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Washington Dulles International Airport, Richmond International Airport and Roanoke–Blacksburg Regional Airport. In June, daily temperatures in Charlottesville can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Richmond.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Staunton, Barren Ridge Vineyards, Keswick Vineyards
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Barren Ridge Vineyards ©
Barren Ridge Vineyards
Keswick Vineyards ©
Keswick Vineyards
University of Virginia ©
University of Virginia

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Richmond

Richmond ©
The capital city of Virginia, Richmond has diverse architecture, a large collection of monuments, and world-class museums that reveal the city's important role in American history.
On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Henricus Historical Park, explore the different monuments and memorials at Blandford Church and Cemetery, steep yourself in history at St. John's Episcopal Church, then take an in-depth tour of Agecroft Hall & Gardens, and finally take in the history at Richmond National Battlefield Park.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Richmond online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Charlottesville to Richmond in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Richmond are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Richmond

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Blandford Church and Cemetery, Henricus Historical Park
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Henricus Historical Park ©
Henricus Historical Park
St. John's Episcopal Church ©
St. John's Episcopal Church
Agecroft Hall & Gardens ©
Agecroft Hall & Gardens

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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 30th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Chicks Beach, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Virginia Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Virginia Beach online route planner .

You can drive from Richmond to Virginia Beach in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Virginia Beach can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Virginia Beach ©
Virginia Beach

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Charlottesville

Charlottesville ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): contemplate the long history of Monticello, then contemplate the long history of Mulberry Row, then contemplate the long history of Michie Tavern ca. 1784, and finally hike along Saunders-Monticello Trail.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Charlottesville trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Virginia Beach to Charlottesville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect slightly colder evenings in Charlottesville when traveling from Virginia Beach in July, with lows around 23°C. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites Parks Trails
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Monticello ©
Monticello
Michie Tavern ca. 1784 ©
Michie Tavern ca. 1784
McGuffey Art Center ©
McGuffey Art Center

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