the ride

Virginia by Rail Richmond Region Itinerary

Sit back and enjoy the view

Experience breathtaking views, uncover America’s rich history, savor Virginia’s best wines, read graffiti left by Civil War soldiers, shop at premier outlet malls and boutique shops, and walk the streets of authentic American towns. The journey starts from Washington, D.C. and gives you the flexibility of multiple options throughout Virginia. Whatever your heart chooses, you will fall in love with these great destinations.

Prince William County

Prince William bumpPrince William, VA spans from the Bull Run Mountains to the Potomac River shores providing visitors a casual and relaxed attitude in DC’s countryside. We invite you to hike hallowed grounds, enjoy a growing craft beverage scene, explore historic towns, shop local boutiques or experience military excellence.

  • Over 25 Civil War sites
  • Manassas National Battlefield Park
  • Prince William Forest Park
  • Marine Corps Base Quantico
  • Potomac Mills - Virginia’s largest outlet mall
  • Occoquan - historic riverfront town
  • National Museum of the Marine Corps
  • Quantico National Cemetery


Fredericksburg bumpThe Fredericksburg region, comprised of Fredericksburg, Stafford and Spotsylvania, is small town America off the beaten path. A historical region with connections to George Washington, our nation’s first President, and civil war battles where Burnside, Lee and Grant collided. A modern edge with independent restaurants, art galleries and river adventures. Home to the world’s best bourbon and award-winning wineries and breweries. Come visit the Fredericksburg region to connect with the past and sample the future.

  • 40 block Historic District with independent restaurants and shops
  • 4 Civil War Battlefields including Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Chancellorsville, and Wilderness
  • George Washington's boyhood home
  • Art Galleries, theater and river adventures
  • Award winning distillery, wineries and breweries


Main St bumpStroll through more than 400 years of history, and then unwind at a local café in the hip shopping district of Carytown. Richmond is the place where you never feel like a tourist. With world renowned restaurants tucked in cozy neighborhoods and more than 30 craft breweries and cideries there is a special place for everyone. Whether you drive just two hours from Washington, D.C., fly into Richmond International Airport or disembark Amtrak at historic Main Street Station, you know you have arrived in Richmond when you feel right at home.

  • White Water Rafting on the Historic James River
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
  • Virginia State Capitol
  • Kings Dominion Amusement Park & Winterfest
  • American Civil War Museum


Norfolk bumpNorfolk, Virginia is more than just an historical seaport on the Virginia waterfront, with big city amenities and small-town charm. Norfolk offers visitors nightlife, shopping, world class art museums, and year-round festivals. Enjoy the Battleship Wisconsin, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk Botanical Garden, and Naval Station Norfolk. Transportation options include Norfolk International Airport (ORF) and passenger rail (NFK).

  • Naval Station Norfolk — the world’s largest naval base
  • Battleship Wisconsin — the largest and last battleship
  • Spirit of Norfolk Cruises — offering lunch and dinner cruises year round
  • Douglas MacArthur Memorial and Museum and Norfolk Premium Outlets


Staunton bumpStaunton is the perfect base from which to explore Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Often named one of the most beautiful “Main Streets” in the United States, this historic mountain town is compact making it ideal for exploring. Home to a vibrant arts and music scene, a sizzling reputation for local food and dining, and a cool array of independent shops and galleries, Staunton delivers big time culture and small-town cool — year-round.

  • American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse
  • Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum
  • Frontier Culture Museum
  • Fields of Gold Farm Trail
  • Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail

Passenger Rail Stations:
Washington, D.C. — Union Station (WAS)
Manassas, Virginia (MSS)
Woodbridge, Virginia (WDB)
Quantico, Virginia (QAN)
Fredericksburg, Virginia (FBG)
Richmond, Virginia (RVR and RVM)
Norfolk, Virginia (NFK)
Staunton, Virginia (STA)

International and Regional Airports:
Dulles International Airport (IAD)
Regan National Airport (DCA)
Richmond International Airport (RIC)
Norfolk International Airport (ORF)
Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD)