12 days in United States & Europe Itinerary

12 days in United States & Europe Itinerary

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12 days in United States & Europe Itinerary

Start: Atlanta, United States
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Washington DC, United States
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
New York City, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
3
Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Atlanta, United States


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Washington DC, United States

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 4th (Wed), learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, then pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and then ponder the world of politics at White House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Washington Monument, then see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, and finally appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Washington DC vacation builder site .

Atlanta to Washington DC is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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New York City, United States

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial and then take in the pleasant sights at Central Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Empire State Building, explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and then snap pictures at Brooklyn Bridge.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our New York City day trip planning site .

Fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In July, daytime highs in New York City are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building

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Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jeronimos Monastery, then steep yourself in history at Belém Tower, and then explore the world behind art at National Tile Museum. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium, then choose your vessel at Nosso Tejo, then don't miss a visit to Santa Justa Lift, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Lisbon trip maker app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to Lisbon in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Lisbon is 5 hours. Traveling from New York City in July, Lisbon is slightly colder at night with lows of 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Nosso Tejo ©
Nosso Tejo
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

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Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the activities along Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro), examine the collection at Prado National Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza), explore the world behind art at Royal Palace of Madrid, and then don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Madrid online holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Madrid takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Madrid due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Lisbon in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Madrid, with highs around 94°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Retiro Park ©
Retiro Park
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, admire all the interesting features of Camp Nou, and then stroll through Park Guell.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona online trip itinerary builder .

Take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in July, expect nights in Barcelona to be about the same, around 71°F, while days are little chillier, around 84°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): get lost in a book at Zentralbibliothek, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Mythenquai. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, then explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich online trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Zurich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Barcelona in July, with highs in Zurich at 78°F and lows at 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen ©
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen

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