14 days in United States, Barcelona & Madrid Itinerary

14 days in United States, Barcelona & Madrid Itinerary

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14 days in United States, Barcelona & Madrid Itinerary

Start: Norfolk, United States
Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
1
Yosemite National Park, United States
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
San Francisco, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
5
New York City, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Norfolk, United States

2
nights
Yosemite National Park, United States

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and then don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online tour itinerary maker .

Norfolk to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Norfolk in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 83°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

2
nights
San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 9th (Thu), head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get curious at Exploratorium and then stroll around Golden Gate Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip builder .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 12th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Las Ramblas, stroll around Parc Guell, and then appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from San Francisco to Barcelona in 14.5 hours. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Barcelona due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect Barcelona to be a bit warmer, temps between 84°F and 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

3
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Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Take a break from Madrid with a short trip to Catedral Primada in Toledo, about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, stroll around Retiro Park, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and make a trip to Puerta del Sol.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Madrid day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Barcelona, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid, ranging from highs of 94°F to lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Catedral Primada
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

3
nights
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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Central Park, take a stroll through Times Square, take in panoramic vistas at Top of the Rock, and appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read New York City online tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Madrid to New York City in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Madrid to New York City, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Madrid in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in New York City: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

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

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