15 days in United States & Germany Itinerary

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San Francisco, United States
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Los Angeles, United States
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Berlin, Germany
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Frankfurt, Germany
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San Francisco, United States — 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Golden Gate Bridge and Exploratorium. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along The Embarcadero, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and brush up on your military savvy at USS Pampanito.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip tool.

Washington DC to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in May; daily highs in San Francisco reach 69°F and lows reach 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Getty Center and Santa Monica Pier. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles day trip planning app.

Fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in May; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 75°F and lows reach 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Berlin.
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Berlin, Germany — 4 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Pergamonmuseum and Topography of Terror are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, steep yourself in history at Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, and make a trip to East Side Gallery.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Berlin road trip site.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Berlin in 15.5 hours. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Berlin due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can fly to Frankfurt.
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Frankfurt, Germany — 3 nights

Mainhattan

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Town Walls and Goethe House. Get out of town with these interesting Frankfurt side-trips: Heidelberg (Old Bridge (Karl Theodor Bridge), Schloss Heidelberg, &more), Luisenpark (in Mannheim) and Rothenburg (Der Pulverturm & Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum)). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Stadel Museum, take some stellar pictures from Main Tower, wander the streets of Altstadt, and take in the views from Iron Bridge.

To see ratings and more tourist information, refer to the Frankfurt trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Berlin to Frankfurt in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Frankfurt can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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United States travel guide

4.6
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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Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.
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