9 days in Williamsburg & Washington DC Itinerary

9 days in Williamsburg & Washington DC Itinerary

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9 days in Williamsburg & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  5 h 45 min
1
Williamsburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Washington DC
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
End: New York City

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 Governor's Palace and Yorktown Beach. Popular historic sites such as Yorktown Battlefield and Bruton Parish Episcopal Church are in your itinerary. Explore Williamsburg's surroundings by going to Charles City (Berkeley Plantation & Shirley Plantation), Petersburg National Battlefield Park (in Petersburg) and St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum (in Smithfield). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Bassett Hall, look for gifts at Yankee Candle Company, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, and take an in-depth tour of American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Williamsburg vacation planner .

New York City to Williamsburg is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in September, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Washington DC.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Yorktown, Charles City, Gloucester Point Beach Park, St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum, Petersburg National Battlefield Park
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Yorktown Beach ©
Yorktown Beach
St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum ©
Berkeley Plantation ©
Berkeley Plantation

4
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Capitol Hill will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Walking tours and Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Change things up with these side-trips from Washington DC: Gettysburg (Dobbin House Tavern, Gettysburg National Cemetery, & more), National Museum of the Marine Corps (in Triangle) and Fredericksburg (Chatham Manor, Chatham Manor, & more). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Smithsonian Institution Building, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Dominic Church, pause for some serene contemplation at St Patrick's Catholic Church, and admire the natural beauty at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Washington DC trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Williamsburg to Washington DC takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Gettysburg, Fredericksburg, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, National Museum of the Marine Corps
Highlights from your plan
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens ©
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
Little Round Top ©
Little Round Top
Shriver House Museum ©
Shriver House Museum

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