16 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Golden Gate Bridge and Exploratorium. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs, and get great views at Battery Spencer.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco day trip site.

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. In July, San Francisco is slightly colder than Washington DC - with highs of 73°F and lows of 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles, United States — 3 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Change things up with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim (about 36 minutes away). Pack the 11th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Getty Center, stroll the grounds of Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, explore the world behind art at Bhagavad-gita Diorama-Museum, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles online holiday planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Los Angeles by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in July, with highs in Los Angeles at 83°F and lows at 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Pergamonmuseum and East Side Gallery. There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall, examine the collection at Topography of Terror, and get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Berlin online travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Berlin takes 15.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Berlin. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can fly to Frankfurt.
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Frankfurt, Germany — 4 nights

Mainhattan

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Würzburg Residence and Reichsstadtmuseum. Venture out of the city with trips to Heidelberg (Schloss Heidelberg, Altstadt (Old Town), &more), Dilsberg Castle Fortress (in Neckargemund) and Wurzburg (Fortress Marienberg & St. Kilian Cathedral). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Town Walls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Nicholas Church (Alte Nikolaikirche), examine the collection at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), and admire the striking features of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus).

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Frankfurt tour itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Berlin to Frankfurt by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In July in Frankfurt, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catch the flight 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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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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