16 days in United States & Germany Itinerary

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


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 Alcatraz Island and Exploratorium. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, and admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco day 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. Traveling from Washington DC to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Washington DC in June, with highs in San Francisco at 71°F and lows at 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Santa Monica Pier and The Getty Center. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Anaheim to see Disneyland Park about 36 minutes away. Pack the 4th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, explore the world behind art at Bhagavad-gita Diorama-Museum, and see the interesting displays at The Hollywood Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles vacation builder website.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (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 some cultural insight at Pergamonmuseum and Topography of Terror. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Brandenburg Gate, wander the streets of Potsdamer Platz, contemplate the long history of Bebelplatz, and admire the striking features of Reichstag Building.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Berlin trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Berlin in 15.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Berlin is 9 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Frankfurt.
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Frankfurt, Germany — 4 nights


A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fortress Marienberg and Reichsstadtmuseum. Explore Frankfurt's surroundings by going to Rothenburg (Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum) & Town Walls), Wurzburg (Vierroehrenbrunnen, Alte Mainbruecke, &more) and Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Altstadt & Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Schloss Heidelberg, take in the views from Old Bridge (Karl Theodor Bridge), take in nature's colorful creations at Palmengarten, and contemplate the long history of Goethe House.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Frankfurt road trip planning tool.

Fly from Berlin to Frankfurt in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 14th (Tue) 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.