16 days in United States & Germany Itinerary

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


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 (Sun): get curious at Exploratorium, then make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, and then take some stellar pictures from Battery Spencer. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then stroll through Alcatraz Island, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and finally examine the collection at Musee Mecanique.

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Washington DC to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Traveling from Washington DC to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in July; daily highs in San Francisco reach 73°F and lows reach 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Santa Monica Pier and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Anaheim to see Disneyland Park about 36 minutes away. Pack the 8th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and explore the world behind art at The Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect Los Angeles to be a bit warmer, temps between 83°F and 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) 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 still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, don't miss a visit to Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, admire the striking features of Berliner Dom, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

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Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Berlin takes 15.5 hours. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Frankfurt.
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Frankfurt, Germany — 5 nights


A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Würzburg Residence and Fortress Marienberg. Get out of town with these interesting Frankfurt side-trips: Heidelberg (Student Jail (Studentenkarzer), Schloss Heidelberg, &more), Blaues Haus (in Wertheim) and St. Kilian Cathedral (in Wurzburg). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Town Walls, see the interesting displays at Historiengewölbe mit Staatsverlies - Museum zur Stadtgeschichte in Rothenburg o.d.T., take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus), and admire the landmark architecture of Romer.

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Getting from Berlin to Frankfurt by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Frankfurt are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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United States travel guide

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.

Germany travel guide

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.