13 days in Virginia, Meridian & San Diego Itinerary

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— 1 night
— 1 night
Fly to Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport, Drive to Meridian
— 2 nights
Drive to Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport, Fly to Norfolk International Airport, Drive to Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach
— 3 nights
San Diego
— 5 nights


Arlington — 1 night

National History, Local Flavor

Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county of Arlington blends big city and sprawling suburban environments.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery and then stroll around Gravelly Point Park. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, examine the collection at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, and then take in the history at Manassas National Battlefield Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Arlington online road trip planner.

Los Angeles to Arlington is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Arlington due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in December: high temperatures in Arlington hover around 51°F and lows are around 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Richmond.
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Richmond — 1 night

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.
On the 26th (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and then admire the natural beauty at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

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You can drive from Arlington to Richmond in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Meridian.
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Meridian — 2 nights

Meridian is the sixth largest city in the state of Mississippi, United States. Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): explore the galleries of Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience, then stroll around Bonita Lakes Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Promise Land Journey.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Meridian trip app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Richmond to Meridian. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Richmond to Meridian. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Richmond in December, with highs in Meridian at 62°F and lows at 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Virginia Beach.
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Virginia Beach — 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Virginia Beach side-trips: Williamsburg (Bassett Hall, Colonial Williamsburg, &more), St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum (in Smithfield) and The Mariners' Museum and Park (in Newport News). The adventure continues: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Tarnished Truth Distilling Co..

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Meridian to Virginia Beach. Traveling from Meridian to Virginia Beach, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Meridian in December, you will find days in Virginia Beach are little chillier (56°F), and nights are about the same (39°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to fly to San Diego.
Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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San Diego — 5 nights

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Explore San Diego's surroundings by going to Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas). The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and walk around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

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Fly from Virginia Beach to San Diego in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Virginia Beach to San Diego. Traveling from Virginia Beach in December, things will get a bit warmer in San Diego: highs are around 68°F and lows about 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car back home.
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Virginia travel guide

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.