14 days in United States, Barcelona & Madrid Itinerary

14 days in United States, Barcelona & Madrid Itinerary

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Start: Norfolk, United States
Fly:  8 h 45 min
1
Yosemite National Park, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  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.
On the next day, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and then make a trip to Olmsted Point.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip website.

Norfolk to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Norfolk to Yosemite National Park is minus 3 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Norfolk in July: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

2
nights
San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, thentake 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: see the interesting displays at Exploratorium and then stroll around Golden Gate Park.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Francisco online journey maker.

Fly from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Cap off 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, thenget to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Las Ramblas, stroll around Parc Guell, and then admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona holiday planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Barcelona by flight takes about 14.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 9 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in July; daily highs in Barcelona reach 84°F and lows reach 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Madrid.

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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nights
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 20 min away. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, stroll around Parque del Retiro, and make a trip to Puerta del Sol.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Madrid using our trip planner.

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Barcelona 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough 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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, browse the exhibits of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the New York City online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to New York City takes 12.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. When traveling from Madrid in July, plan for a bit cooler days in New York City, with highs around 86°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 72°F. Cap off 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
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building

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