6 days in San Jose & Virginia Itinerary

6 days in San Jose & Virginia Itinerary

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6 days in San Jose & Virginia Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Drive:  1​h
1
San Jose
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
2
Virginia Beach
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Chincoteague Island
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + bus + Fly:  11​h
End: San Francisco

2
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Asilomar State Beach and Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and West Cliff Drive. Change things up with a short trip to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail in Monterey (about 1h 20 min away). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Los Gatos Creek Trail.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose visit planner .

San Francisco to San Jose is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Jose: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in San Jose

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Asilomar State Beach, Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, West Cliff Drive
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Big Basin Redwoods State Park ©
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

1
day
Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach ©
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.
On the 4th (Thu), immerse yourself in nature at First Landing State Park, trot along with a tour on horseback, and then kick back and relax at Sandbridge Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Virginia Beach trip maker .

You can fly from San Jose to Virginia Beach in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Jose to Virginia Beach, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Jose in July, with highs in Virginia Beach at 89°F and lows at 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Chincoteague Island.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Parks Outdoors Nature
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First Landing State Park ©
First Landing State Park
Sandbridge Beach ©
Sandbridge Beach
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
Chincoteague Island

Famous for a wild breed of horses--Chincoteague Ponies--Chincoteague Island embraces the mystery of some of North America’s oldest inhabitants.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Chincoteague Island trip maker .

Drive from Virginia Beach to Chincoteague Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chincoteague Island

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge ©
Fishing Charters & Tours

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