25 days in United States Itinerary

25 days in United States Itinerary

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25 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Madrid
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Nags Head
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Hatteras Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
4
Wilmington
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Surf City, Topsail Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Pigeon Forge
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Nashville
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Pittsburgh
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Madrid

2
nights
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.
On the 1st (Wed), see the interesting displays at Smithsonian Institution Building. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Washington DC online road trip planner .

Madrid, Spain to Washington DC is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and subway. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Madrid to Washington DC is minus 6 hours. When traveling from Madrid in August, plan for little chillier days in Washington DC, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Nags Head.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, George Washington's Mount Vernon, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Highlights from your plan
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center ©
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
George Washington's Mount Vernon ©
George Washington's Mount Vernon

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Bodie Island Lighthouse and Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Jockey's Ridge State Park. There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and enjoy the sand and surf at Coquina Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nags Head journey maker app .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Washington DC to Nags Head in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and car; or drive. In August in Nags Head, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Nags Head

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Corolla, Coquina Beach, The Bird Store - The Outer Banks Wildlife Gallery, North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park

3
nights
Hatteras Island

Hatteras Island ©
Shop till you drop at Pea Island Art Gallery, Salvo, NC and Kinnakeet Clay Studio & Showroom. We've included these beaches for you: Frisco Beach and Salvo Beach. Spend the 8th (Wed) exploring nature at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hatteras Island trip planning tool .

Getting from Nags Head to Hatteras Island by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August in Hatteras Island, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hatteras National Seashore ©
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Pea Island Art Gallery, Salvo, NC ©
Pea Island Art Gallery, Salvo, NC
Blue Pelican Gallery ©
Blue Pelican Gallery

1
night
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): stop by The Black Cat Shoppe, then learn about all things military at Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): meet the residents at North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church, then view the masterpieces at Franklin Square Gallery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Oak Island Beaches.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Wilmington trip planning website .

You can drive from Hatteras Island to Wilmington in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and car. August in Wilmington sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Surf City.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Southport, Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, Oak Island Beach, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Highlights from your plan
Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex ©
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher ©
Franklin Square Gallery ©
Franklin Square Gallery

3
nights
Surf City, Topsail Island

Surf City ©
Surf City is a town in Pender and Onslow counties in the U.S. Explore hidden gems such as Topsail Boat Rental and Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. Do your shopping at Topsail Island Trading Company and Bumble Bee Market. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Topsail Island, tour the water at your own pace with Aquaholics Boat Rentals LLC, take in the exciting artwork at Seacoast Art Gallery, and look for gifts at The Gift Basket of Topsail Island.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Surf City trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Surf City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Surf City can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Surf City

Tours Outdoors Transportation

Side Trip

Topsail Beach
Highlights from your plan
Topsail Island ©
Topsail Island
Topsail Boat Rental ©
Topsail Boat Rental

4
nights
Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge ©
A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Pigeon Forge bills itself as the "Center of Fun in the Smokies." Just a short drive from the national park protecting the diverse plant and animal life of the Great Smoky Mountains, the town features numerous places to visit, such as bars, restaurants, cafes, theaters, and shops.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Smoky Mountain Knife Works and Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and Tuckaleechee Caverns. When in Pigeon Forge, make a side trip to see Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, approximately 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: stroll through Grotto Falls Trail, take a memorable drive along Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Pigeon Forge visit planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Surf City to Pigeon Forge in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. In August in Pigeon Forge, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, Sevierville, Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, Tuckaleechee Caverns
Highlights from your plan
Grotto Falls Parking ©
Grotto Falls Parking
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
7D Dark Ride Adventure ©
7D Dark Ride Adventure

3
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
You'll explore and learn at Lotz House Museum and The Parthenon. RCA Studio B and Carnton are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Nashville with a short trip to Carter House in Franklin, about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Belle Meade Plantation, see the interesting displays at Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, admire the majestic nature at Radnor Lake State Park, and take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nashville trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Pigeon Forge to Nashville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Pigeon Forge to Nashville. In August, daytime highs in Nashville are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Franklin
Highlights from your plan
Carter House ©
Carter House
Radnor Lake State Park ©
Radnor Lake State Park
Cheekwood ©
Cheekwood

3
nights
Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh ©
Known primarily for its steel-related heritage and 446 bridges, Pittsburgh sits at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers, which meet to form the Ohio River.
Step off the beaten path and head to Fallingwater and Kennywood Park. Visiting Mount Washington and Ohiopyle State Park will get you outdoors. There's more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and take a stroll through The Strip District.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Pittsburgh trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Nashville to Pittsburgh in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Nashville in August, expect Pittsburgh to be a bit cooler, temps between 31°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Fallingwater, Ohiopyle State Park, Kennywood Park
Highlights from your plan
Ohiopyle State Park ©
Ohiopyle State Park
Kennywood Park ©
Kennywood Park
Fallingwater ©
Fallingwater

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