11 Days/12 Nights

1, 2 & 3: Washington, D.C.

Welcome to America’s capital! Washington, DC is a cosmopolitan capital city, packed with many famous sights and free attractions and home to some of the world’s best-known museums and galleries, including the Smithsonian Institution. Combine this with hip new restaurants and bars, stunning hotels, great nightlife, live music, theatres, charming neighborhoods and terrific shopping options and you have a fantastic start to your trip through the Capital Region.  3 nights Washington, DC

4: Shenandoah Valley (95 mi/152 km)

Discover why this region is known as “Virginia’s crowning glory.” Your route takes you through lush rolling countryside, past gracious horse farms to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Make a fun stop at the Sperryville Emporium — the definitive general store! Luray Caverns is amazing, with on organ made of stalactites!

1 night Shenandoah Valley

5: To Charlottesville, VA (64 mi/102 km)

Today, your journey is through an area which Thomas Jefferson called the “Eden of the country.” See his home, Monticello, atop a mountain. It is described as one of the country’s foremost architectural masterpieces. Today, Charlottesville is a charming college town with many shops, restaurants and tea rooms.

1 night Charlottesville

6: To Richmond, VA (71 mi/114 km)

The Capital of the Confederacy remains one of the most handsome capitals in the south. Old waterfront warehouses have been restored into trendy shops; Shockoe Bottom and Shockoe Slip feature restaurants, entertainment and boutiques. Stop at the Edgar Allen Poe Museum, and take the kids to Paramount’s King’s Dominion, a family theme park.

1 night Richmond

7 & 8: Williamsburg, VA (62 mi/99 km)

Travel scenic Route 5 to Williamsburg, Virginia; and visit Berkeley, Shirley or one of the other Plantations along the way.  Don’t miss Colonial Williamsburg, the most extensively restored 18th century town in the US, and Jamestown, the earliest European settlement in America.

2 nights Williamsburg

9 & 10: Virginia Beach (59 mi/94 km)

Visit Newport News’ impressive Mariner’s Museum. In Virginia Beach, you may want to just relax. There is a lovely huge beach, and lots of waterfront activities!

2 nights Virginia Beach

11: To Washington, DC (205 mi/328 km)

Enjoy the scenery en route to Washington to drop off your car and catch your flight home. If time allows, you may want to stop for last-minute shop-ping at Potomac Mills, a huge outlet mall.

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