Explore Michigan to Virginia Beach and back in this week long Road Trip Itinerary

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This fast paced week long road trip itinerary is going to take you on hikes in some of the coolest places in Ohio, to the White House, on a stroll around D.C., you’ll see wild horses on the ocean, and even some giants. You’ll travel across and under the ocean in the world’s longest bridge/tunnel, visit an old fort, hang out on the beach, watch street performers, explore caves, and find your way through a huge maze. This road trip itinerary is packed full with adventure. Explore a ton of awesome places in a short amount of time. When your done share your stories with the whole owl family in the comments below. Happy Travels

Day 1

Petoskey, MI Road Trip Itinerary

Petoskey, Michigan

Depart: 5:00am

Have your bags packed and ready to hit the road by 5am. It’s time for an adventure!

Drive: 7.5 Hours

Hocking Hills State Park Road Trip Itinerary
Photo by Brittany Butters

Hocking Hills State Park

Logan, OH 43138, USA

Arrive: 12:30pm Depart: 7:00am

Hocking Hills State Park is amazing. There are short hikes and there are long hikes. The views are amazing! Take a short hike today and have dinner then go to hotel for the night.

Day 2

Hocking Hills State Park Road Trip Itinerary

Hocking Hills State Park

Logan, OH 43138, USA

Arrive: 7:00am Depart: 3:00pm

Wake up in the morning get another hike in before its time to go. If you have time for a whole day here it would be nice to be able to do a long hike. The hikes here are just amazing!

Drive: 6.25 Hours

Washington, D.C. Road Trip Itinerary

Washington, D.C.

Arrive: 9:30pm Depart: 6:00pm

With so much free stuff to do in D.C. you can spend days here and still not pay or see everything. This is an awesome place to see a lot of free places in one spot. You can even see the White House. Spend the day checking out all of the history D.C. has to offer!

Drive: 3 Hours

Day 3

Assateague Island National Seashore Road Trip Itinerary

Assateague Island National Seashore

7206 National Seashore Ln, Berlin, MD 21811

Arrive: 9:00pm Depart: 5:00pm

Come see wild horses and enjoy swimming at the beach. You can also camp and kayak here.

Drive: 1.75 Hours

Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Arrive: 7:00pm Depart: 8:00pm

Drive thru maybe one of the coolest bridge/tunnels in the country. This is a must do when you are in the area.

Drive: 1 Hour

Day 4

Fort Monroe Road Trip Itinerary

Fort Monroe Visitor & Education Center

30 Ingalls Rd, Fort Monroe, VA 23651, USA

Arrive: 9:00pm Depart: 7:00pm

Come check out this awesome fort. Drive around and take some awesome pictures. When you are done seeing the fort you can go relax at the beach. If you want to leave before 6 pm I would check drive times as they can be very long.

Drive: 1 Hour

Virginia Beach Road Trip Itinerary

Virginia Beach

Arrive: 8:00pm Depart: 8:00am

If you arrive early enough and get a hotel on the ocean you can go check out the street performers. They have blocks of people playing music, doing shows, and making one of a kind art you can buy. This is one of the best things about Virginia Beach. But if you don’t make it in time that’s also fine there is always tomorrow.

Day 5

Virginia Beach Road Trip Itinerary

Virginia Beach

Arrive: 8:00am Depart: 6:00am

Leaving your car in the same spot all day will save you parking fees. You can go fishing off the pier, no fishing licensed required. You can pay a small fee ($10 adult or $5 for 12 and under) to fish or you can pay an even smaller fee ($2) to just go take in the view. When you’re done go sit at the beach and take in the sun. Before you leave take your time to check out the entertaining street performers.

Drive: 4 Hours

Day 6

Luray Caverns Road Trip Itinerary

Luray Caverns

101 Cave Hill Rd, Luray, VA 22835, USA

Arrive: 10:00am Depart: 2:00pm

A National Landmark. Come check out some awesome caves. This is one of the largest caverns in the eastern side of the USA. With your admission you also get a tour of Car & Carriage Caravan Museum, Toy Town Junction, and the Shenandoah Heritage Village. Making this well worth a check off the bucket list.

Short Walk

Garden Maze Road Trip Itinerary

The Garden Maze at Luray Caverns

101 Cave Hill Rd, Luray, VA 22835, USA

Arrive: 2:00pm Depart: 3:00pm

Come see if you can make it thru the maze! This is a handicap accessible maze and easy for strollers as well. You can drive the whole 9.5 hours or you can break it up, and spend the night somewhere in between.

Drive: 9.5 Hours

Day 7

Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest Road Trip Itinerary
Photo By Alice Daniels

Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest

2075 Clermont Rd, Clermont, KY 40110, USA

Arrive: 12:00am Depart: 12:00pm

Come see some awesome artwork. These gentle giants are made of recycled wood. They are huge! They also have a great little cafĂ© where they grow the food onsite, so make sure you eat your lunch here. This is a must do on your bucket list; but make it fast they say, the giants won’t be there forever.

Drive: 4.5 Hours

Indiana Dunes National Park Road Trip Itinerary

Indiana Dunes National Park

1050 N Mineral Springs Rd, Chesterton, IN 46304, USA

Arrive: 4:30pm Depart: 10:00pm

You can come and see what the dunes are all about and don’t forget to watch the beautiful sunset on Lake Michigan.

Drive: 5 Hours

Day 8

Petoskey, MI Road Trip Itinerary

Petoskey, Michigan

Arrive: 3:00am

You can tighten up your time a little and get home before 3am, or you can stretch it out and stay another day. Either way we hope you had fun on this road trip!

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