17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt
Fly + Drive:  22​h
1
Merced
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
drive:  6​h 30​min
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Napa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Frankfurt

1
night
Merced

Merced
Merced is a city in, and the county seat of, Merced County in the San Joaquin Valley of Central California. To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Merced trip itinerary planner.

Frankfurt, Germany to Merced is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Frankfurt in May: highs in Merced hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 14°C. You'll set off for Yosemite National Park on the 1st (Mon).

Things to do in Merced

Parks Museums Nightlife

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yosemite, Tunnel View and Bridalveil Fall. Take a break from Yosemite National Park with a short trip to Rainbow Pool in Groveland, about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, trek along Mariposa Grove, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park road trip site .

You can drive from Merced to Yosemite National Park in 2.5 hours. In June, Yosemite National Park is a bit cooler than Merced - with highs of 30°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Rainbow Pool
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

3
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakeside Beach, indulge your thirst for a good beer at South Lake Brewing Co, then hike along Rubicon Trail, and finally relax in the rural setting at Tahoe Trout Farm. Here are some ideas for day two: get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours, then step into the grandiose world of Vikingsholm, and then hike along Fallen Leaf Lake Trail.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe journey maker website .

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 6.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in South Lake Tahoe can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Napa.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Fallen Leaf Lake Trail ©
Fallen Leaf Lake Trail
Vikingsholm ©
Vikingsholm
Glen Alpine Falls ©
Glen Alpine Falls

2
nights
Napa

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): sample the fine beverages at Napa Valley Distillery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Napa trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Napa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in June since evenings lows in Napa dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Napa

Tours Wineries Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

St. Helena
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
V. Sattui Winery ©
V. Sattui Winery
Napa Valley Distillery ©
Napa Valley Distillery

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and San Francisco Bay. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Dolphin & Whale Watching in Moss Landing, approximately 1h 55 min away. Spend the 15th (Mon) exploring nature at Presidio of San Francisco. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and hike along Lands End.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Napa to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. While traveling from Napa, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Marin Headlands, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Wine Tours & Tastings

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