18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Madrid
Fly:  11​h 45​min
New York City
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  10​h 30​min
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
Los Angeles
— Few hours
train + Fly:  4​h 45​min
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly + subway:  4​h
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
Washington DC
— 1 night
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Madrid

3
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Ellis Island and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Central Park, learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History, enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, and pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read New York City trip planning website .

Madrid, Spain to New York City is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Madrid to New York City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Madrid in August, you will find days in New York City are little chillier (34°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in New York City

#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral

2
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Spend the 13th (Mon) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone Lake, don't miss a visit to Artist Point, and take some stellar pictures from Observation Point Trail.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and car from New York City to Yellowstone National Park takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Yellowstone National Park is minus 2 hours. While traveling from New York City, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Yellowstone National Park, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Uncle Tom's Trail ©
Uncle Tom's Trail
Yellowstone Lake ©
Yellowstone Lake

2
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hermit's Rest and Grand Canyon Railway Depot. On the 16th (Thu), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, get great views at Hopi Point, make a trip to Powell Point, and hike along Rim Trail.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 10.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, expect Grand Canyon National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 31°C and 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Hermit's Rest ©
Hermit's Rest
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

few
hours
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 18th (Sat), see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Museums, #Childrens Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

1
night
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, then make a trip to Space Needle, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Seattle trip maker app .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Los Angeles to Seattle takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, Seattle is slightly colder at night with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

#Museums, #Neighborhoods, #Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some cultural insight at Alcatraz Island and SoMa. Get some historical perspective at Twin Peaks and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park, get curious at Exploratorium, and get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco tour planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and subway from Seattle to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Seattle in August, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Neighborhoods, #Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Tomb of the Unknowns, and then learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Washington DC itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Washington DC takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 3 hours. In August, Washington DC is somewhat warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 36°C and lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

#Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tomb of the Unknowns
Highlights from your plan
Tomb of the Unknowns ©
Tomb of the Unknowns
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
Washington National Cathedral ©
Washington National Cathedral

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