summer trips Near Lynchburg, VA

Kaci Barker

Summer is here! All this warm weather makes it so tempting to take a day or weekend trip to explore new cities and areas that we haven't been to before, and to re-visit our favorite spots. We've compiled some of the best destinations for summer trips near Lynchburg, VA. Check them out—we hope your summer is filled with adventure and fun!


Tips for a Great Trip

Planning ahead is the best way to make sure your trip is as enjoyable as possible. Whether you've planned your trip for weeks or are going on the spur of the moment, here are some things to remember when preparing for your summer trip!

  • Take lots of pictures. Or, if you'd rather stay in the moment, try to at least capture one or two to serve as a reminder of your fun times.

  • Be present. Taking a trip is a great way to connect with your family and friends in a deeper way than what happens on a day-t0-day basis. Take advantage of this quality time by putting your phone on "do not disturb" and leaving your computer at home.

  • Try new things. Visiting a new city is a great time to try new foods, activities, and learn about things that you may have never considered before. Let this be a time to expand your horizons and find new interests.

  • Don't forget essentials like sunscreen, your cash and credit or debit card, snacks, your ID, and, if you're a student, your student ID so you can take advantage of any deals or discounts especially for students.


Charlottesville, VA

Distance from Lynchburg: About 1 hour

Charlottesville is a historic city in Virginia that has a lot to offer people looking for a weekend getaway. There is something for everyone here—there is a thriving Indie music scene (Dave Matthews Band was started here!), rich history (two presidents lived here!), beautiful nature and various outdoor activities, shopping, and so much more. Here is just a sampling of some things to do in Charlottesville, VA.

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Roanoke, VA

Distance from Lynchburg: About 1 hour

Roanoke, VA is another historic city just down the road from Lynchburg, VA. The Blue Ridge Mountains make Roanoke a beautiful place to visit. Hiking is big here, and there are many trails to explore. There is also a rich culture that celebrates history and art, and there are many festivals, museums, and art displays to enjoy. Roanoke is also known for the Roanoke Star located on Mill Mountain. Here are just a few things to do in Roanoke, VA.

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Richmond, VA

Distance from Lynchburg: About 2 hours

As the capital of Virginia, there have been some major historical events that have happened right here in our backyard. The White House of the Confederacy was located here during the Civil War, and Patrick Henry famously proclaimed "Give me liberty or give me death!" in Richmond in 1775 just before the Revolutionary War. These days, it's known as a destination for foodies, history buffs, artists, and nature lovers. Here are just a few things to do in Richmond, VA.

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Williamsburg, VA

Distance from Lynchburg: About 3 hours

Williamsburg was founded in 1699 as the capitol of the Virginia Colony. Because this is one of the oldest cities in Virginia, there is so much history to discover here. This was one of the first planned cities, and a center of learning thanks to the College of William and Mary (which is where Presidents Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and John Tyler attended). If you're interested in colonial history, this is the city for you. Here are just a few places to visit in Williamsburg, VA.

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Charlotte, NC

Distance from Lynchburg: About 3.5 hours

Charlotte is one of the largest cities in the US, and is the third-fastest growing city in the US. There are so many things to do in Charlotte, including watch major sports, visit a theme park, visit a ton of different museums, and so much more. It is also home to a major airport hub, making it extremely popular with travelers. Here are just a few things to do in Charlotte, NC.

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Washington, DC

Distance from Lynchburg: About 3.5 hours

As the capitol of the United States, there is so much to see and do in this city. There are countless museums, landmarks, and important government buildings that you could stay here for a week and still not see everything! Located on the Potomac River, DC is known for its cherry blossom trees. Here is just a small list of the things you can do in Washington, DC.

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Appomattox, VA

Distance from Lynchburg: 30 minutes

Although a small town near Lynchburg, VA, Appomattox played a very big part in the Civil War. Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Confederate Army to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, giving the North victory and ending the Civil War. Check out some of these places to visit in Appomattox, VA.

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Image Source: Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest on Facebook

Image Source: Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest on Facebook

Poplar Forest

Distance from Lynchburg: 20 minutes

Poplar Forest is a plantation and house that belonged to Thomas Jefferson. He designed the home while he was still president and often spent time here after his presidency. You will learn all about Thomas Jefferson's life and legacy at this beautifully preserved landmark and historical society. It's a must-see in the area!



Although the mountains are gorgeous, visiting the beach is a fun change of scenery and makes for a great vacation. With just a few hours of driving you can visit the beach, play in the sand, soak in the rays, and swim in the ocean! Check out this page of beaches near Lynchburg, VA for some beaches to check out this summer.


Lakes and Water Recreation

If you love the water, take a trip to a lake to enjoy swimming and recreation. At many of these destinations you can rent kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, and paddleboats. Visiting a lake is relaxing and fun for the whole family! Check out our water activities page for some awesome spots—you might find a new one!

There are so many cities to visit near Lynchburg, VA, and each have so many things to do! Whether you want to relax on a beach, learn about history, go shopping, or find some new trails to explore, you will find all of that and more in these exciting cities.

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