12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
train + Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  15​h 30​min
End: Dusseldorf

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of the local shopping with City Lights Booksellers, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and then hike along Lands End.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary builder app .

Dusseldorf, Germany to San Francisco is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Dusseldorf to San Francisco, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Lands End ©
Lands End
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

3
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Take a break from the city and head to Manhattan Beach and Bronson Caves. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Redondo Beach. Next up on the itinerary: stop by LA Farmers' Market, admire the striking features of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, get some fabulous bargains at Citadel Outlets, and buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles journey builder .

Getting from San Francisco to Los Angeles by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in August; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 34°C and lows reach 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach
Highlights from your plan
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
LA Farmers' Market ©
LA Farmers' Market

3
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Pacific Beach and Seaport Village. Get in touch with nature at Coronado Beach and South Carlsbad State Beach. There's more to do: get in on the excitement at Petco Park and pause for some photo ops at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Diego day trip app .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Coronado Beach, South Carlsbad State Beach
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Pacific Beach ©
Pacific Beach
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach
South Carlsbad State Beach ©
South Carlsbad State Beach

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take a stroll through The Loop, then admire the local landmark of Crown Fountain, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakefront Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile, then wander the streets of Lincoln Park, and then ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Chicago day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Chicago takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego to Chicago, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Diego in September, Chicago is little chillier at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Lakefront Trail ©
Lakefront Trail
The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile
The Loop ©
The Loop

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