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.
Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, take a tour of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, and walk around Crissy Field.

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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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to San Francisco. Traveling from Washington DC in July, expect San Francisco to be slightly colder, temps between 73°F and 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to fly to Los Angeles.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
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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 some cultural insight at Santa Monica Pier and Griffith Observatory. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Camera Obscura (in Santa Monica) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). Pack the 6th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Contemporary Art, make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

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You can fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in July; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 83°F and lows reach 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Berlin.
Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums
Side Trips
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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 Memorial of the Berlin Wall. There's much more 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, see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, and get to know the fascinating history of Stolpersteine in Berlin.

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You can fly from Los Angeles to Berlin in 15.5 hours. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can fly to Frankfurt.
Museums · Historic Sites · Tours
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Frankfurt, Germany — 4 nights


A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Get a sense of the local culture at Würzburg Residence and Stadel Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Frankfurt: Wurzburg (Fortress Marienberg & Roentgen Memorial Site Wuerzburg), Heidelberg (Student Jail (Studentenkarzer), Schloss Heidelberg, &more) and Rothenburg (Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum) & Town Walls). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Altstadt, admire the landmark architecture of Romer, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus), and make a trip to Main Tower.

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You can fly from Berlin to Frankfurt in 3 hours. Other options are to 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 17th (Fri) to allow time 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.