26 days in California, Washington DC & U.S. Virgin Islands Itinerary

26 days in California, Washington DC & U.S. Virgin Islands Itinerary

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Death Valley National Park, United States
— 1 day
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Bridgeport, United States
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park, United States
— 2 nights
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Carmel, United States
— 2 nights
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San Simeon, United States
— 1 night
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, United States
— 2 nights
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Washington DC, United States
— 10 nights
Fly to Charlotte Amalie, Ferry to Cruz Bay
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Cruz Bay, U.S. Virgin Islands
— 3 nights
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Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands
— 4 nights
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Death Valley National Park, United States

— 1 day

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course, contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, then cruise along Artists Dr, and finally don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park itinerary planner.

Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In June, Death Valley National Park is a bit cooler than Las Vegas - with highs of 98°F and lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Bridgeport.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Bridgeport, United States

— 1 night
Bridgeport is a census-designated place (CDP) in and the county seat of Mono County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): see a world frozen in time at Bodie State Historic Park.

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Drive from Death Valley National Park to Bridgeport in 4 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in June, expect Bridgeport to be much colder, temps between 78°F and 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Bridgeport

Historic Sites
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Yosemite National Park, United States

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and then hike along Mariposa Grove. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, admire the sheer force of Bridalveil Fall, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, then take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

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Drive from Bridgeport to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Yosemite National Park are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Carmel, United States

— 2 nights
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and then stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Monterey Bay and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

San Simeon, United States

— 1 night
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): look for gifts at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, and then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Carmel in June: highs in San Simeon hover around 93°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
On the 20th (Thu), explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park and then contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip maker tool.

Drive from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from San Simeon in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows around 62°F. You will leave for Washington DC on the 21st (Fri).

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Washington DC, United States

— 10 nights
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
National Museum of African American History and Culture and Shriver House Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Venture out of the city with trips to Annapolis (Annapolis Historic District & U.S. Naval Academy), Gettysburg (Civil War Tails At the Homestead Diorama Museum & Gettysburg National Cemetery) and National Museum of the Marine Corps (in Triangle). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Capitol Hill, take a leisurely stroll along Old Town Waterfront, see the interesting displays at Museum of the Bible, and take in nature's colorful creations at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Washington DC trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Washington DC takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Washington DC, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June, plan for little chillier days in Washington DC, with highs around 86°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cruz Bay.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cruz Bay, U.S. Virgin Islands

— 3 nights

Love City

The gateway to the island of Saint John, Cruz Bay represents the island's largest town, port, and commercial center.
Explore hidden gems such as Trunk Bay Beach and Honeymoon Beach. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Cinnamon Bay Beach, stroll through Maho Bay Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Ursula's Episcopal Church, and stop by Bamboo Studio.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cruz Bay trip planning tool.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Washington DC to Cruz Bay in 8 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Washington DC in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Cruz Bay, with lows of 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Charlotte Amalie.

Things to do in Cruz Bay

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands

— 4 nights

Duty-free Capital of the World

One of the most visited cruise ship destinations in the Caribbean, the town of Charlotte Amalie is known around the world for its duty-free jewelry, perfume, and liquor shops.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Lindqvist Beach. Step out of Charlotte Amalie with an excursion to Waterlemon Cay in Virgin Islands National Park--about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Imperial Dynasty Jewelers, enjoy the sand and surf at Magens Bay, browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square, and stroll through Sapphire Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Charlotte Amalie tour planner.

Ride a ferry from Cruz Bay to Charlotte Amalie in an hour. July in Charlotte Amalie sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 80°F at night. You will leave for home on the 8th (Mon).

Things to do in Charlotte Amalie

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

U.S. Virgin Islands travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops · Scuba & Snorkeling
America's Paradise
Three main and a number of minor islands that make up U.S. Virgin Islands treat visitors to a blend of historical sites and picture-perfect beaches. Though officially American territory--nicknamed "America's Paradise"--these islands boast a mix of cultures that make for culturally enriching vacations. A no-passport-required status makes holidays in U.S. Virgin Islands extremely popular with American tourists, who flock to this tropical heaven to enjoy scenic beaches, outdoor activities, and tasty local food. The islands are also a duty-free shopping destination, which also makes them appealing to shopaholics from across the world.