16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  14 h 15 min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Big Sur
— 3 nights
+3
Bus + Shuttle + Foot + Fly:  5 h 45 min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Bus + Drive:  9 h 30 min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
+5
Drive + Bus + Subway + Bus + Foot + Fly:  19 h 15 min
End: Berlin

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to California State Railroad Museum and Sharpsteen Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Old Sacramento and Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center. Step out of San Francisco to go to Calistoga and see Castello di Amorosa, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: get curious at California Academy of Sciences, have fun and explore at Exploratorium, and examine the collection at The Walt Disney Family Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco itinerary planner.

Berlin, Germany to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Berlin to San Francisco, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. November in San Francisco sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Calistoga, Sacramento, Charles M. Schulz Museum
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California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Charles M. Schulz Museum ©
Charles M. Schulz Museum
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

3
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Elephant Seal Rookery. Visiting Pfeiffer State Beach and Partington Cove will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Big Sur: San Simeon (Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary) & Piedras Blancas). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of McWay Falls and get a taste of the local shopping with Coast Gallery Big Sur.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Big Sur tour planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Big Sur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Fri) before leaving for Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

San Simeon
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Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

4
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Step out of the city life by going to Bodie State Historic Park and Tioga Pass. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glacier Point and Gaylor Lake. Step out of Yosemite National Park with an excursion to Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve in Lee Vining--about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: hike along Panorama Trail and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park vacation planner.

Getting from Big Sur to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Big Sur, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of -8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve
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Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve ©

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Escape the urban bustle at Zabriskie Point and Artists Palette. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Badwater and Beatty Museum & Historical Society. Venture out of the city with trips to Harmony Borax Works (in Death Valley Junction) and Goldwell Open Air Museum (in Beatty). There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, and take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park by bus takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. In November, Death Valley National Park is somewhat warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 22°C and lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Beatty
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Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
Goldwell Open Air Museum ©
Goldwell Open Air Museum

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