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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Fisherman's Wharf, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco travel route 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. In July, San Francisco is little chillier than Washington DC - with highs of 73°F and lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to fly 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Santa Monica Pier and The Getty Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! & Disneyland Park). Pack the 6th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Getting from San Francisco to Los Angeles by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in July, with highs in Los Angeles at 83°F and lows at 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can fly 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pergamonmuseum and Memorial of the Berlin Wall. There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, wander the streets of Potsdamer Platz, and make a trip to Brandenburg Gate.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Berlin attractions planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to Berlin by flight takes about 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 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Würzburg Residence and Schloss Heidelberg. Explore Frankfurt's surroundings by going to Blaues Haus (in Wertheim), Rothenburg (Reichsstadtmuseum, Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), &more) and Altstadt (in Rothenburg ob der Tauber). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Fortress Marienberg, take in the views from Alte Mainbruecke, don't miss a visit to Altstadt (Old Town), and explore the world behind art at Stadel Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Frankfurt sightseeing planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Frankfurt takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Frankfurt can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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United States travel guide

4.6
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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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