38 days in United States & Europe Itinerary

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San Diego, United States
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Los Angeles, United States
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San Francisco, United States
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New York City, United States
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London, United Kingdom
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Paris, France
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Nice, France
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Madrid, Spain
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Barcelona, Spain
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Rome, Italy
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Istanbul, Turkey
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New York City, United States
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San Diego, United States — 1 night

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond and then take in nature's colorful creations at Balboa Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego and then get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planner.

San Francisco to San Diego is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in August, San Diego is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles, United States — 2 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park and then admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Contemporary Art. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race, then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, then stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Bradbury Building.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. When traveling from San Diego in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to fly to San Francisco.
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San Francisco, United States — 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: engage your brain at Exploratorium and then walk around Golden Gate Park.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, expect San Francisco to be slightly colder, temps between 26°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to fly to New York City.
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New York City, United States — 3 nights

Big Apple

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 sightseeing, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Central Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock, admire the landmark architecture of Grand Central Terminal, and take in the pleasant sights at The High Line.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City trip planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to New York City in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of subway, train, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Francisco to New York City. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in August, with highs in New York City at 34°C and lows at 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to London.
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London, United Kingdom — 2 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Buckingham Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Westminster Abbey, make a trip to Tower of London, and get engrossed in the history at Natural History Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our London day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from New York City to London takes 11 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from New York City in August: high temperatures in London hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Paris.
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Paris, France — 3 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Paris online itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from London to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. August in Paris sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Nice.
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Nice, France — 3 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Nice is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marineland, take a stroll through Old Town, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, and make a trip to Promenade des Anglais.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Nice online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Paris to Nice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in August, Nice is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, make a trip to Puerta del Sol, and hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Madrid itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Madrid takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Nice in August, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Madrid: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 3 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for sightseeing, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, pick up some local products at La Boqueria, and admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Barcelona trip planner.

You can fly from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Madrid, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Barcelona, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, and admire the striking features of Pantheon.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Rome trip builder website.

Getting from Barcelona to Rome by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in August, you will find days in Rome are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Istanbul.
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Istanbul, Turkey — 2 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia Mosque, admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, and admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Istanbul takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Rome to Istanbul. When traveling from Rome in August, plan for little chillier days in Istanbul, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to fly to New York City.
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New York City, United States — 3 nights

Big Apple

On the 1st (Tue), make a trip to Broadway, then learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History, and then take in the views from Brooklyn Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): walk around Bryant Park, then explore the world behind art at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and then examine the collection at New York Public Library.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read New York City day trip website.

Getting from Istanbul to New York City by flight takes about 14.5 hours. The time zone changes from Turkey Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. On the 3rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Marseille.
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Marseille, France — 2 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Marseille is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, head off the coast to Chateau d'If, explore the activities along Calanque du Sugiton, and take a stroll through The Panier.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Marseille attractions website.

You can fly from New York City to Marseille in 12.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from New York City in September since evenings lows in Marseille dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
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United States travel guide

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More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.
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