9 days in San Jose, Outer Banks & Atlanta Itinerary

9 days in San Jose, Outer Banks & Atlanta Itinerary

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9 days in San Jose, Outer Banks & Atlanta Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Drive:  1​h
1
San Jose
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  10​h 15​min
2
Nags Head
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Atlanta
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

3
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Lovers Point and Monarch Grove Sanctuary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Big Basin Redwoods State Park and Natural Bridges State Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Dennis the Menace Park in Monterey (about 1h 30 min away). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Jose sightseeing planner.

San Francisco to San Jose is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Nags Head.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Dennis the Menace Park, Natural Bridges State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum ©
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
Big Basin Redwoods State Park ©
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach

2
nights
Nags Head

Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Wright Brothers National Memorial, then relax in the rural setting at Island Farm, then browse the exhibits of Roanoke Island Festival Park, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nags Head trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from San Jose to Nags Head in 10.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Jose to Nags Head. In April in Nags Head, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 52°F at night. On the 4th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Atlanta.

Things to do in Nags Head

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Manteo, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, Wright Brothers National Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Roanoke Island Festival Park ©
Roanoke Island Festival Park
Island Farm ©
Island Farm

3
nights
Atlanta

Atlanta ©
Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Tellus Science Museum and Margaret Mitchell House will appeal to museum buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park and SkyView Atlanta. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Atlanta: Stone Mountain Park (in Stone Mountain) and Booth Western Art Museum (in Cartersville). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at World of Coca-Cola.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Atlanta vacation builder.

Getting from Nags Head to Atlanta by combination of car and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Nags Head, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Atlanta, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Atlanta

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Cartersville, Stone Mountain Park, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
Highlights from your plan
Stone Mountain Park ©
Stone Mountain Park
Booth Western Art Museum ©
Booth Western Art Museum

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