18 days in Virginia & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

18 days in Virginia & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

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Drive
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Chincoteague Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Virginia Beach
— 3 nights
Fly to Reno, Bus to Yosemite National Park
3
Yosemite National Park
— 10 nights
Bus to Fresno, Fly to Reagan Washington
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Arlington
— 2 nights
Drive
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Luray
— 1 night
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Chincoteague Island

Famous for a wild breed of horses--Chincoteague Ponies--Chincoteague Island embraces the mystery of some of North America’s oldest inhabitants.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): make a trip to Chincoteague Cultural Alliance, then see majestic marine mammals with Captain Dan's Around the Island Tours, and then get outside with Donald J. Leonard. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

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Washington DC to Chincoteague Island is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Chincoteague Island can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Chincoteague Island

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

3
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Virginia Beach

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Virginia Beach and The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium. Take a break from Virginia Beach with a short trip to Colonial Williamsburg in Williamsburg, about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Virginia Beach Boardwalk, contemplate the long history of Virginia Beach Law Enforcement Memorial, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

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Getting from Chincoteague Island to Virginia Beach by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

10
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Yosemite National Park

Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome. There's much more to do: hike along Mariposa Grove, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, and explore the striking landscape at El Capitan.

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You can do a combination of flight and bus from Virginia Beach to Yosemite National Park in 12.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, subway, and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Virginia Beach in September: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Arlington.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

2
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Arlington

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Little Library, explore the landscape on two wheels at Mount Vernon Trail, then don't miss a visit to John F. Kennedy Grave Site, and finally stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of George Washington's Mount Vernon, then stop by Old Town, and then get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to Arlington takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. The time zone difference when traveling from Yosemite National Park to Arlington is 3 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, you will find days in Arlington are somewhat warmer (82°F), and nights are warmer (65°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Luray.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites · Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

1
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Luray

Cabin Capital of Virginia

Nestled in the heart of the valley formed by the Shenandoah River, Luray draws visitors with a vast underground cavern system adorned with stalactites, stalagmites, and mirrored pools.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): hike along Stony Man Mountain Overlook, then trot along with Jordan Hollow Stables, then examine the collection at Cooter's in Luray, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Luray Caverns.

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You can drive from Arlington to Luray in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. Expect slightly colder evenings in Luray when traveling from Arlington in September, with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Luray

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Virginia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Wineries & Vineyards · Specialty Museums
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.