Getting There

By Plane

Regan Washington National Airport (DCA) and Richmond International Airport (RIC) are the closest airports to Fredericksburg, VA.

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) is slightly farther away. But if you are planning to rent a car and drive to Fredericksburg, this airport provides easy access to alternate driving routes. 

All three airports offer rental car services. Estimated cab fare from any of these airports to the hotel is approximately $165. The Fredericksburg-based Freddy Go2 Airports shuttle service offers transportation to/from all three airports for $115/person for 1-2 people and $20/person for additional riders, so you can save on travel costs by carpooling.

We do not recommend flying into Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI). Although airfare may be less expensive, the trip between BWI and Fredericksburg follows many of the most congested routes in the Washington region.

By Car

While it’s true that traffic around Washington, DC, can be congested, Google Maps can help you spot and avoid backups. Our best advice is to stay off the interstates during morning (approx. 6 to 9 a.m.) and afternoon (approx. 4 to 7 p.m.) commute times. Route 1 runs parallel to Interstate 95 and can offer a workaround for traffic jams.

Want to avoid the DC Beltway (495) and I-95 traffic altogether? Hop on I-81 South near Hagerstown, MD. This is definitely a road less traveled (although you will see a fair number of 18-wheelers). From there you have several options to get to Fredericksburg – and can enjoy attractions large and small along the way.

Option 1: Interstate 81 South to Winchester, VA. From there, take Route 17 toward Fredericksburg. NOTE: You will need to take I-95 South for one exit to Route 3.

  • Country music lovers will enjoy a visit to the Patsy Cline Historic Home in Winchester, where Patsy lived during the early days of her singing career.  
  • The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, also located in Winchester, interprets the art, history, and culture of the area. Kids will love the Nature Connects exhibit coming this summer – nature sculptures created with Legos! 
  • Near Stevens City, kids of all ages will enjoy a pit stop at Dinosaur Land, a kitschy attraction that takes you to the prehistoric past. 

Option 2: Take I-81 farther south to New Market, VA. From there, take US-211 East to US-522 South to VA Route 3 East, so you can avoid I-95 completely. You can visit all the attractions near Winchester, plus:

  • This route takes you directly past Luray Caverns, the most popular caverns in the eastern U.S. Take a guided tour through cathedral-sized rooms with towering stone formations.

Option 3: Take I-81 slightly farther south to Harrisonburg, VA. From there, US-33 will take you to Route 3. This avoids I-95 completely. You can visit all the attractions near Winchester, plus:

  • Stop off in Middletown to visit Belle Grove Plantation, an authentic 1797 Manor House and antebellum plantation owned by the sister of U.S. President James Madison. Much of the property is still used for agriculture and includes a teaching garden.
  • Hungry for a snack? Stop by the Route 11 Potato Chip factory, where you can taste a variety of flavors and peek into the factory to watch the chip creation process. 
  • Shenandoah Caverns are the only caverns in Virginia with elevator service to the underground caverns. A guided tour takes you on crushed gravel pathways through seventeen rooms of spectacular underground formations. 
  • While on US-33, stop by Montpelier, home of U.S. President James Madison. The estate features the historic home and grounds, gardens, historic buildings, archaeological sites, and 8+ miles of walking trails.
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