59 days in France, Spain & United States Itinerary

59 days in France, Spain & United States Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 5 nights
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Valencia, Spain
— 4 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
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Zaragoza, Spain
— 2 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 4 nights
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Saint-Etienne, France
— 3 nights
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Lyon, France
— 6 nights
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Auxerre, France
— 1 night
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Sedan, France
— 1 night
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Lens, France
— 4 nights
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Los Angeles, United States
— 4 nights
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Dallas, United States
— 5 nights
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Washington DC, United States
— 6 nights
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La Coruna, Spain
— 1 day
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Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
— 1 night
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Madrid, Spain — 5 nights

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Prado National Museum and Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia and Museo Lazaro Galdiano will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Madrid: Mountain Story trails (in Alpedrete), Alcazar of Segovia (in Segovia) and Toledo (El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum, Church of Santo Tomé, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, make a trip to Plaza Mayor, walk around Casa de Campo, and admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum of Spain.

Before you visit Madrid, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Granada to Madrid is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Valencia.
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Valencia, Spain — 4 nights

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias and Museu Faller de Valencia are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Valencia Cathedral and Plaza de la Virgen. There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate the long history of La Lonja de la Seda, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Bioparc Valencia, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Valencia trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Madrid to Valencia by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 5 nights

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Basilica de la Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museu Picasso and Parc de Montjuic. Explore Barcelona's surroundings by going to Camino de Ronda (in S'Agaro) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Sant Feliu de Guixols). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Las Ramblas, don't miss a visit to Palau Guell, get a taste of the local shopping with La Boqueria, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Valencia to Barcelona takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Valencia in May, you will find days in Barcelona are little chillier (25°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Zaragoza.
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Zaragoza, Spain — 2 nights

The city of Zaragoza is known as the City of Four Cultures for its interwoven history of Iberian, Roman, Moorish, and Christian influences.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Palacio de la Aljaferia, see the interesting displays at Museo del Fuego y de los Bomberos, and then contemplate the long history of Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Zaragoza trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Barcelona to Zaragoza by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux, France — 4 nights

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Museum-lovers will appreciate CAPC Musee d'Art Contemporain and Musee d’Art et d’Archeologie du Perigord. Get some historical perspective at Place de la Bourse and Tour Pey-Berland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bordeaux: Lascaux Caves 4 (in Montignac) and Réserve Ornithologique du Teich (in Le Teich). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral, examine the collection at Musee du Vin et du Negoce, don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, and walk around Parc animalier Rene CANIVENC (Le Moulineau).

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Bordeaux trip builder.

Traveling by car from Zaragoza to Bordeaux takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Zaragoza in May, expect nights in Bordeaux to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Saint-Etienne.
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Saint-Etienne, France — 3 nights

Situated in the Massif Central, Saint-Étienne is a bustling capital of the Loire department with diverse activities and attractions, such as natural gorges, cultural events, cathedrals, historical sites, museums, and restaurants.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee des Verts and Musee d'Art et d'Industrie. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Musee de la mine and Chapelle St. Michel d'Aiguilhe. Explore Saint-Etienne's surroundings by going to Le Puy-en-Velay (Statue de Notre Dame de France & Cathedrale Notre-Dame) and Safari de Peaugres (in Peaugres). There's more to do: see where the action happens at Stade Geoffroy Guichard.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Saint-Etienne holiday planner.

You can fly from Bordeaux to Saint-Etienne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lyon.
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Lyon, France — 6 nights

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Théâtre gallo-romain will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Colline de Fourviere and Vieux Lyon. Venture out of the city with trips to Les Grottes de La Balme (in La Balme-les-Grottes), Musee de Grenoble (in Grenoble) and Resonance Canyon (in Saint-Baudille-de-la-Tour). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Parc Naturel Regional Du Vercors, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte Blandine, and examine the collection at Fresque des Lyonnais.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Lyon attractions site.

You can drive from Saint-Etienne to Lyon in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. You will leave for Auxerre on the 30th (Tue).
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Auxerre, France — 1 night

Auxerre is the capital of the Yonne department and the fourth-largest city in Burgundy. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Chateau Ancy-le Franc and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbaye Saint-Germain, see the interesting displays at Musee Zervos, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Sainte Madeleine.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Auxerre online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lyon to Auxerre takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Auxerre are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sedan.
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Sedan, France — 1 night

Sedan is a commune in France, a sub-prefecture of the Ardennes department in northern France.GeographyThe historic centre is built on a peninsula formed by an arc of the Meuse River. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Parc Argonne Decouverte, then stroll the grounds of Saint Mihiel American Cemetery, and then have fun and explore at Musee de la Biere. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Castle of Sedan, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere militaire Allemand, and then steep yourself in history at Ouvrage de La Ferte.

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Traveling by car from Auxerre to Sedan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Auxerre in June, you will find days in Sedan are a bit cooler (22°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Lens.
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Lens, France — 4 nights

Lens is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in northern France. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial and Musée du Louvre-Lens. Let the collections at Carriere Wellington and Musee Somme 1916 capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Lens: Centre Historique Mnier (in Lewarde), Rando Baie de Somme Decouverte (in Favieres) and Lochnagar Crater (in Ovillers-la-Boisselle). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Les Phoques de la Baie d'Authie.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lens trip planner.

Drive from Sedan to Lens in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Paris.
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Paris, France — 5 nights

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.
Let the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay capture your imagination. Eiffel Tower and Palace of Versailles are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny), Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry) and Rouen (Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen & Rue du Gros-Horloge). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

Make your Paris itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can take a train from Lens to Paris in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daytime highs in Paris are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can fly to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles, United States — 4 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Getty Center and Annenberg Community Beach House. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Ventura to see Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat about 1h 25 min away. Pack the 14th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Los Angeles takes 13.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 9 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Paris in June, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to fly to Dallas.
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Dallas, United States — 5 nights

One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
Fort Worth Botanic Garden and The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Texas Discovery Gardens and Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Change things up with these side-trips from Dallas: Fort Worth (Kimbell Art Museum & Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, don't miss a visit to Grassy Knoll, admire the natural beauty at Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at The Dallas World Aquarium.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Dallas trip planner.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Dallas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In June, Dallas is a bit warmer than Los Angeles - with highs of 39°C and lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Washington DC.
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Washington DC, United States — 6 nights

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.
Get some historical perspective at Washington National Cathedral and The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Museum-lovers will appreciate National Air and Space Museum and The National Archives Museum. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, contemplate the long history of Audubon Naturalist Society Woodend Sanctuary, get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum of American History.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Washington DC vacation builder tool.

You can fly from Dallas to Washington DC in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Dallas in June; daily highs in Washington DC reach 35°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to La Coruna.
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La Coruna, Spain — 1 day

Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Casa de las Ciencias, then visit a coastal fixture at Tower of Hercules (Torre de Hercules), and then see the interesting displays at Castle of San Anton.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the La Coruna trip planner.

You can fly from Washington DC to La Coruna in 14.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to La Coruna. In June, La Coruna is slightly colder than Washington DC - with highs of 25°C and lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Vitoria-Gasteiz.
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Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain — 1 night

The capital of the Basque country, Vitoria-Gasteiz is a medieval city with lively suburbs and a traditional but elegant urban feel.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Bibat Museum and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Santa Maria.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Vitoria-Gasteiz trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from La Coruna to Vitoria-Gasteiz in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from La Coruna in June, Vitoria-Gasteiz is little chillier at night with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.
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France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.
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United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
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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