24 days in United States & Germany Itinerary

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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rust, Germany
— 1 night
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Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
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Hamburg, Germany
— 3 nights
Train
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Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
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San Francisco, United States
— 2 nights
Fly
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Los Angeles, United States
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park, United States
— 1 night
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New York City, United States
— 2 nights
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Munich, Germany — 3 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Marienplatz, Karlstor and Denkmal fur die Opfer des Olympiaattentats 1972. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Munich Residenz and Nymphenburg Palace. Get a sense of the local culture at Deutsches Museum and Schloss Neuschwanstein. Take a break from Munich with a short trip to Schloss Hohenschwangau in Hohenschwangau, about 1h 40 min away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek, contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, examine the collection at BMW Welt, and enjoy breathtaking views from Frauenkirche.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Munich road trip planning site.

Chennai, India to Munich is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Chennai to Munich. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Chennai in January: high temperatures in Munich hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rust.
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Rust, Germany — 1 night

Originally a poor fishing village, Rust now features a world-class amusement park complex.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Altstadt von Endingen am Kaiserstuhl and then get in on the family fun at Europa-Park.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rust trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Munich to Rust by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Traveling from Munich in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 0°C in Rust. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can take a train to Cologne.
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Cologne, Germany — 1 night

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in the views from Hohenzollern Bridge, admire the landmark architecture of Cologne Cathedral, get to know the resident critters at Koelner Zoo, then take in panoramic vistas at KolnTriangle, and finally examine the collection at Chocolate Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cologne itinerary builder tool.

You can take a train from Rust to Cologne in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can fly to Hamburg.
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Hamburg, Germany — 3 nights

Gateway to the World

As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Bring the kids along to Miniatur Wunderland and Hamburg Town Hall. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kunsthalle Hamburg and Speicherstadt. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Alter Elbtunnel, take in nature's colorful creations at Planten un Blomen, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Tierpark Hagenbeck.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hamburg road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Cologne to Hamburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January in Hamburg, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to take a train 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pergamonmuseum and Topography of Terror. Attractions like Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Platz make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Reichstag Building, contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery, get your game on at THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin, and step into the grandiose world of Charlottenburg Palace.

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Take a train from Hamburg to Berlin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Francisco.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Crissy Field, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, then make a trip to Ghirardelli Square, then examine the collection at Exploratorium, and finally examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner.

You can fly from Berlin to San Francisco in 16.5 hours. Traveling from Berlin to San Francisco, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Los Angeles.
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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 17th (Thu): partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race, make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and then find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, tour the pleasant surroundings at Temescal Gateway Park, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then have fun at California Science Center, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Los Angeles sightseeing app.

You can fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.
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Grand Canyon National Park, United States — 1 night

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 19th (Sat), get great views at Mather Point, take some stellar pictures from Powell Point, take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Lookout Studio. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Yavapai Geology Museum and then get engrossed in the history at Bright Angel History Room.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park online trip builder.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in January; daily highs in Grand Canyon National Park reach 7°C and lows reach -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.
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New York City, United States — 2 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): contemplate the long history of 9/11 Memorial, then examine the collection at New York Public Library, then make a trip to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and finally snap pictures at Brooklyn Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Chapel, steep yourself in history at Ellis Island, then pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument, and finally make a trip to Central Park.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read New York City planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to New York City takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 2 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in New York City, with lows around -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to fly back home.
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Germany travel guide

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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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United States travel guide

4.6
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.
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