57 days in United States Itinerary

57 days in United States Itinerary

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57 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Madrid
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  12​h 15​min
1
Washington DC
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Houston
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
South Padre Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Durango
— 6 nights
+3
shuttle + taxi + Fly + Drive:  8​h
7
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  8​h
8
Death Valley National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
9
San Simeon
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Monterey
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
12
Seattle
— 6 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Madrid

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Arlington National Cemetery and Library of Congress. Venture out of the city with trips to George Washington's Mount Vernon (in Mount Vernon), Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (in Chantilly) and U.S. Naval Academy (in Annapolis). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at National World War II Memorial, appreciate the extensive heritage of National Mall, get engrossed in the history at Newseum, and examine the collection at Smithsonian Institution Building.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Washington DC trip itinerary planning app .

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Madrid to Washington DC. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Washington DC when traveling from Madrid in June, with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Houston.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Arlington, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, George Washington's Mount Vernon, U.S. Naval Academy
Highlights from your plan
Newseum ©
Newseum
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

3
nights
Houston

Houston ©
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Houston Museum of Natural Science and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Minute Maid Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Houston Zoo, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

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Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Houston takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Washington DC in June: high temperatures in Houston hover around 39°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Childrens Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
The Houston Museum of Natural Science ©
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston ©
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Minute Maid Park ©
Minute Maid Park

3
nights
South Padre Island

South Padre Island ©
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
Explore hidden gems such as Sea Turtle, Inc. and South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and stop by Paragraphs on Padre Boulevard.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the South Padre Island trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Houston to South Padre Island takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Houston in June: highs in South Padre Island hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pikes Peak and United States Air Force Academy. Take a break from Colorado Springs with a short trip to Pike National Forest in Fairplay, about 2 hours away. Pack the 3rd (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, identify plant and animal life at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and explore the landscape on two wheels at St. Mary's Glacier Loop.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs online trip builder .

You can fly from South Padre Island to Colorado Springs in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from South Padre Island in July, Colorado Springs is much colder at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Colorado, Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, Pike National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak
Climbing Tours
Olympic Training Center ©
Olympic Training Center

3
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at River Rafting & Tubing and Mount Evans. Go for a jaunt from Denver to Idaho Springs to see Summit Lake Park about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, explore and take pictures at Coors Field, and look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Denver online itinerary builder .

You can take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Other options are to drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Idaho Springs
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Summit Lake Park ©
Summit Lake Park

6
nights
Durango

Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at River Rafting & Tubing and Treasure Falls. Get out of town with these interesting Durango side-trips: San Juan Historical Museum (in Pagosa Springs), Cliff Palace (in Mesa Verde National Park) and Silverton (Million Dollar Highway, Route 550 Gifts, & more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, take in the exciting artwork at Scenic Aperture Gallery, and stroll through Cascade Falls Park.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Durango trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Denver to Durango takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Durango when traveling from Denver in July, with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Silverton, Ouray, Pagosa Springs, Cliff Palace, Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Treasure Falls ©
Treasure Falls

5
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glacier Point and Tunnel View. Venture out of the city with trips to Lee Vining (Mono Basin Historical Society, Mono Lake County Park, & more) and Bodie State Historic Park (in Bridgeport). Spend the 18th (Thu) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, cruise along Tioga Pass, and explore the striking landscape at El Capitan.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and car from Durango to Yosemite National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Durango in July, Yosemite National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Lee Vining, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

4
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zabriskie Point and Badwater Basin. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Panamint Range, take in the dramatic scenery at Darwin Falls, and make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be warmer, around 26°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 45°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes ©
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette

4
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hearst Castle and Elephant Seal Rookery. Change things up with these side-trips from San Simeon: Big Sur (Pacific Valley Bluff Trail, New Camaldoli Hermitage, & more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Moonstone Beach, do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, stop by Lucia Apothecary, and cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Simeon day trip planning website .

Drive from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, expect San Simeon to be a bit cooler, temps between 40°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria, Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

4
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Discover out-of-the-way places like Monterey Bay and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore Monterey's surroundings by going to Big Sur (Bixby Bridge, Pfeiffer State Beach, & more). There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive, and enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Monterey takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in July, you will find days in Monterey are cooler (24°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Explore hidden gems such as Wine Tours & Tastings and San Francisco Bay. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga), Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Bodega Dunes (in Bodega).

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Bodega Dunes, Muir Woods National Monument, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Bodega Dunes ©
Bodega Dunes
Wine Tours & Tastings

6
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hurricane Ridge and The Museum of Flight. Explore Seattle's surroundings by going to Sequim (Sequim Bay Scenic Pullout, WeDo Fudge, & more), Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour (in Mukilteo) and Mount Rainier (in Mount Rainier National Park). Dedicate the 11th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Safeco Field, examine the collection at Museum of Pop Culture, stroll through Kerry Park, and enjoy breathtaking views from Sky View Observatory.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Seattle online vacation planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Seattle by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Seattle, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trips

Sequim, Boeing Future of Flight, Hurricane Ridge, Mount Rainier
Highlights from your plan
B&B Family Farm ©
B&B Family Farm
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Mount Rainier ©
Mount Rainier

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