12 days in United States & Europe Itinerary

12 days in United States & Europe Itinerary

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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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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): get a new perspective on nature 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. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Washington Monument, then see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, and finally appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Washington DC travel planner.

Atlanta to Washington DC is an approximately 3.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History ©

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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): appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial and then go for a walk through Central Park. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Empire State Building, explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and then take in the views from Brooklyn Bridge.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the New York City day trip site.

You can fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can 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.
On the 8th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, and then admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional do Azulejo. On your second day here, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, then choose your vessel at Nosso Tejo, then make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lisbon online road trip planner.

You can fly from New York City to Lisbon in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Western European Standard Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from New York City in July since evenings lows in Lisbon dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
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.
On the 10th (Tue), walk around Parque del Retiro, then admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, then admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace of Madrid, and then don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol.

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You can fly from Lisbon to Madrid in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Lisbon in July, you will find days in Madrid are somewhat warmer (94°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
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.
On the 12th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo. On the next day, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, then catch a live event at Camp Nou, and then walk around Parc Guell.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip planner.

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Madrid in July: highs in Barcelona hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

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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, stroll through Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Strandbad Mythenquai. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster.

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Getting from Barcelona to Zurich by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler 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 Outdoors Beaches
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen ©
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)

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