12 days in Virginia Itinerary

12 days in Virginia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Virginia travel route planner
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Fly to Asheville, Drive to Abingdon
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Abingdon
— 1 night
Drive
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Bedford
— 1 night
Drive
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Charlottesville
— 3 nights
Drive
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Williamsburg
— 2 nights
Drive
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Virginia Beach
— 2 nights
Fly
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Arlington
— 2 nights
Fly

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Abingdon — 1 night

Abingdon is a town in Washington County, Virginia, United States, southwest of Roanoke. On the 6th (Thu), explore the landscape on two wheels at Shuttle Shack, trek along Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail, then get a taste of the local shopping with The Art Depot, and finally explore by horseback at Virginia Creeper Trail Club.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Abingdon trip itinerary app.

Anchorage to Abingdon is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Alaska Standard Time (AKST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. While traveling from Anchorage, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Abingdon, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Bedford.
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Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
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Bedford — 1 night

Bedford is an incorporated town and former independent city located within Bedford County in the U.S. state of Virginia. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): relax in the rural setting at A.J. Gross & Sons Orchard, then brush up on your military savvy at Bedford Boys Tribute Center, and then pause for some photo ops at National D-Day Memorial.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Bedford tour itinerary app.

You can drive from Abingdon to Bedford in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. In October in Bedford, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Charlottesville.
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Charlottesville — 3 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Charlottesville: Luray (Luray Caverns & Birdsong Pleasure Garden), Shenandoah National Park (Old Rag Mountain Hike & Skyline Drive) and Central Virginia Wine Tours & Transportation (in Orange). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Monticello and experience rural life at Carter Mountain Orchard.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Charlottesville online tour planner.

You can drive from Bedford to Charlottesville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Charlottesville, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Williamsburg.
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Williamsburg — 2 nights

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.
On the 11th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Colonial Williamsburg, make a splash at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, and then contemplate the long history of Governor's Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): step aboard Jamestown Settlement, then browse the exhibits of Historic Jamestowne, and then look for gifts at Whitley's Peanut Factory.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Williamsburg vacation builder site.

You can drive from Charlottesville to Williamsburg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Charlottesville in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 55°F in Williamsburg. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Virginia Beach.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Shopping
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Virginia Beach — 2 nights

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 13th (Thu): learn the secrets of beer at Tarnished Truth Distilling Co., then tour the pleasant surroundings at Virginia Beach, and then take a leisurely stroll along Virginia Beach Boardwalk. Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, then brush up on your military savvy at Military Aviation Museum, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Virginia Beach travel planner.

Drive from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Virginia Beach can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Arlington.
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Arlington — 2 nights

Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county of Arlington blends big city and sprawling suburban environments.
On the 15th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, then contemplate the long history of Arlington National Cemetery, then pause for some photo ops at U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, and finally look for gifts at The Spice & Tea Exchange® of Alexandria. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and then admire the landmark architecture of George Washington's Mount Vernon.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Arlington itinerary planner.

Fly from Virginia Beach to Arlington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in October, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Virginia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Wineries & Vineyards · Gardens
Old Dominion
The home of the first permanent English colony in the New World, Virginia is a prime holiday destination for those looking to immerse themselves in American heritage. Proud of its colorful history, distinct culture, and southern drawl, Virginians see their state as the place where the imaginary line between the north and the south is drawn. With scenic beauties as diverse as its people, Virginia is a land of rolling hills, rugged mountains, lush valleys, dense forests, and secluded beaches along picturesque bays. Bordered on the east by the Atlantic and the west by the Appalachian Mountains, with rolling farmland in the middle, the state offers countless places to visit for history buffs, nature lovers, and passionate foodies.
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