16 days in United States & Germany Itinerary

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San Francisco, United States
— 3 nights
Los Angeles, United States
— 2 nights
Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
Frankfurt, Germany
— 5 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 Fisherman's Wharf. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero, and step aboard SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

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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. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in June; daily highs in San Francisco reach 71°F and lows reach 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to fly to Los Angeles.
Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums
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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, admire the masterpieces at Bhagavad-gita Diorama-Museum, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, then see the sky in a new way at Camera Obscura, and finally see the interesting displays at The Getty Center. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood.

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You can fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 83°F and lows are around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can fly to Berlin.
Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums
Side Trip
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Pergamonmuseum and Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Brandenburg Gate, contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall, examine the collection at Topography of Terror, 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. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Berlin due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Frankfurt.
Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods
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Frankfurt, Germany — 5 nights


A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Get some cultural insight at Fortress Marienberg and Würzburg Residence. Change things up with these side-trips from Frankfurt: Rothenburg (Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), Town Walls, &more), Heidelberg (Old Bridge (Karl Theodor Bridge), Altstadt (Old Town), &more) and Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Roderbrunnen & Altstadt). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Stadel Museum, admire the natural beauty at Palmengarten, get a new perspective on nature at Senckenberg Natural History Museum (Naturmuseum Senckenberg), and see the interesting displays at Museum Embankment.

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Getting from Berlin to Frankfurt by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in July, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
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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.