22 days in Virginia, Lancaster & Ponce Itinerary

22 days in Virginia, Lancaster & Ponce Itinerary

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Make it your trip
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Alexandria, United States
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lancaster, United States
— 4 nights
Fly
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Charlottesville, United States
— 2 nights
Drive
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Richmond, United States
— 3 nights
Drive
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Virginia Beach, United States
— 3 nights
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Drive to Norfolk International Airport, Fly to Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, Drive to Ponce
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Ponce, Puerto Rico
— 5 nights
Drive to Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, Fly to Seoul

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Alexandria, United States — 2 nights

Just a few metro stops away from the bustle of Washington D.C., Alexandria provides a respite from the fast-paced capital.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Alexandria: National Museum of the Marine Corps (in Triangle) and Catoctin Creek Distillery (in Purcellville). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, explore the galleries of George Washington's Mount Vernon, and grab your bike and head to Mount Vernon Trail.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Alexandria trip builder tool.

Seoul, South Korea to Alexandria is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Seoul to Alexandria is minus 14 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Seoul in January: high temperatures in Alexandria hover around 7°C and lows are around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lancaster.
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Lancaster, United States — 4 nights

Red Rose City

The heart of Pennsylvania's famous "Dutch Country," Lancaster is one of the nation's oldest inland cities, founded in 1730.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lancaster: Chadds Ford (Brandywine River Museum of Art & Penns Woods Winery), Gettysburg (Civil War Tails At the Homestead Diorama Museum, Gettysburg National Cemetery, &more) and Emmitsburg (National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes & National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton). There's still lots to do: admire the local landmark of Longwood Gardens and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lancaster attractions planner.

You can drive from Alexandria to Lancaster in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. Traveling from Alexandria in January, expect Lancaster to be slightly colder, temps between 3°C and -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to fly to Charlottesville.
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Charlottesville, United States — 2 nights

Hoo-Ville

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 17th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Grand Caverns, then get engrossed in the history at Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Keep things going the next day: awaken your taste buds at Central Virginia Wine Tours & Transportation and then take in nature's colorful creations at Monticello.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Charlottesville road trip planner.

Fly from Lancaster to Charlottesville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lancaster in January, things will get a bit warmer in Charlottesville: highs are around 8°C and lows about -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Richmond.
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Richmond, United States — 3 nights

The River City

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Williamsburg (Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Jamestown Settlement, &more) and Keystone Tractor Works (in Colonial Heights). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, ponder the world of politics at Virginia Capitol Building, and admire the natural beauty at Maymont.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Richmond online route planner.

Traveling by car from Charlottesville to Richmond takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Virginia Beach.
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Virginia Beach, United States — 3 nights

The Resort City

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take in the waterfront at Virginia Beach Boardwalk, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Tarnished Truth Distilling Co., and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then brush up on your military savvy at Military Aviation Museum, and then meet the residents at Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Virginia Beach travel route planner.

Getting from Richmond to Virginia Beach by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Virginia Beach are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ponce.
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Ponce, Puerto Rico — 5 nights

Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Venture out of the city with trips to Arecibo (Aventura Cueva Ventana & Cueva del Indio), Lares (Museo de Recursos Historicos de Lares & Parroquia San Jose De La Montana) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Utuado). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte de Ponce, tee off at Costa Caribe Golf & Country Club, appreciate the history behind Museo Castillo Serralles, and admire the landmark architecture of Casa Wiechers-Villaronga.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Ponce trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Virginia Beach to Ponce. Traveling from Virginia Beach to Ponce, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Virginia Beach in January, things will get much warmer in Ponce: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.
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Virginia travel guide

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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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