53 days in United States, South Africa & Germany Itinerary

53 days in United States, South Africa & Germany Itinerary

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Saint Louis, United States
— 2 nights
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Wichita, United States
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Arlington, United States
— 1 night
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San Diego, United States
— 2 nights
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Stockton, United States
— 7 nights
Drive to Metropolitan Oakland International Airport, Fly to Honolulu
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Honolulu, United States
— 3 nights
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Portland, United States
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Boise, United States
— 2 nights
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St. Petersburg, United States
— 2 nights
Drive to Tampa International Airport, Fly to Hamburg
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Hamburg, Germany
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Frankfurt, Germany
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Durban, South Africa
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Jersey City, United States
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Boston, United States
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Saint Louis, United States — 2 nights

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C. in the number of free activities available by spending your holiday exploring the city's central neighborhoods, famous for their restored century-old red-brick buildings.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center, then identify plant and animal life at World Bird Sanctuary, then identify plant and animal life at The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, and finally stroll around Tilles Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, meet the residents at Saint Louis Zoo, then examine the collection at City Museum, and finally examine the collection at Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, refer to the Saint Louis trip planner.

Chicago to Saint Louis is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in July: highs in Saint Louis hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Wichita.
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Wichita, United States — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Pizza Hut Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Great Plains Nature Center, then examine the collection at Museum of World Treasures, and finally don't miss a visit to The Keeper of the Plains. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of Strataca, then examine the collection at Mid-America All-Indian Center, then contemplate the long history of Old Cowtown Museum, and finally revel in the low prices at Coleman Museum and Factory Outlet.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Wichita online tour itinerary builder.

You can fly from Saint Louis to Wichita in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Wichita can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to fly to Arlington.
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Arlington, United States — 1 night

The popular saying goes, "Everything's bigger in Texas!" and Arlington exemplifies that maxim.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Fort Worth Botanic Garden, admire the masterpieces at Kimbell Art Museum, and then take a stroll through Sundance Square. On the next day, examine the collection at Tandy Leather Museum & Gallery, get to know the fascinating history of Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, then see the interesting displays at Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, and finally contemplate the long history of Top O'Hill Terrace.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Arlington sightseeing planning website.

Getting from Wichita to Arlington by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to fly to San Diego.
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San Diego, United States — 2 nights

America's Finest City

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.
On the 7th (Fri), explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, then see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, and then take in the waterfront at Embarcadero. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial and then admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Diego trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Arlington to San Diego in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Arlington to San Diego. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Arlington in July; daily highs in San Diego reach 29°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Stockton.
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Stockton, United States — 7 nights

Stockton is the county seat of San Joaquin County in the Central Valley of the U.S. State of California. Appreciate the collections at California State Railroad Museum and Children's Museum of Stockton. Do some cultural sightseeing at Wine Tours & Tastings and V. Sattui Winery. Venture out of the city with trips to Calistoga (Bothe-Napa State Park, Castello di Amorosa, &more), Napa (Judd's Hill MicroCrush & Fishing Charters & Tours) and Beringer Vineyards (in St. Helena). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Rainbow Pool, identify plant and animal life at Pinecrest Lake Marina, see the interesting displays at Old Sacramento Waterfront, and admire the masterpieces at The Haggin Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Stockton trip itinerary website.

You can drive from San Diego to Stockton in 7 hours. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Stockton, with highs around 41°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Honolulu.
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Honolulu, United States — 3 nights

Big Pineapple

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, then make a trip to Battleship Missouri Memorial, and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument, explore the gorgeous colors at Pele's Chair, then identify plant and animal life at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, and finally stroll the grounds of National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Honolulu online visit planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Stockton to Honolulu. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST) is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Stockton in July: highs in Honolulu hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow time for the flight to Portland.
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Portland, United States — 1 night

City of Roses

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): surround yourself with nature on Volcano Lands - Private Tours, then steep yourself in history at Columbia River Highway, then identify plant and animal life at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Hoyt Arboretum, then look for gifts at Powell's City of Books, then contemplate the long history of Fort Vancouver | National Historic Site, and finally take a peaceful walk through The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Portland trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Portland takes 7.5 hours. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Honolulu to Portland due to the time zone difference. In July, Portland is a bit cooler than Honolulu - with highs of 33°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Boise.
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Boise, United States — 2 nights

City of Trees

From its main thoroughfare, Boise greets visitors with a view of downtown framed by the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 21st (Fri), see the interesting displays at Basque Museum & Cultural Center, then pause for some photo ops at Idaho State Capitol Building, then steep yourself in history at Old Idaho Penitentiary, and finally look for gifts at Cinder Wines. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Warhawk Air Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at World Center For Birds of Prey, and then hike along Boise River Greenbelt.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Boise day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Portland to Boise takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Portland to Boise, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Portland in July, you will find days in Boise are somewhat warmer (40°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to fly to St. Petersburg.
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St. Petersburg, United States — 2 nights

Florida's Sunshine City

Located on a peninsula between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, St.
On the 23rd (Sun), see the interesting displays at The Ringling, explore the world behind art at Imagine Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Philippe Park. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then examine the collection at Duncan McClellan Gallery, and then explore the world behind art at The Dali Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our St. Petersburg itinerary website.

You can fly from Boise to St. Petersburg in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Boise to St. Petersburg, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boise in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 30°C in St. Petersburg. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel 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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Alter Elbtunnel, appreciate the extensive heritage of Speicherstadt, and then examine the collection at Miniatur Wunderland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Altes Land, identify plant and animal life at Himmelmoor, then don't miss a visit to Hamburg Town Hall, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hamburg online attractions planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from St. Petersburg to Hamburg. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from St. Petersburg in July, expect nights in Hamburg to be much colder, around 15°C, while days are slightly colder, around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can fly to Frankfurt.
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Frankfurt, Germany — 1 night

Mainhattan

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Eschbacher Klippen, stroll through Neroberg, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mainz Cathedral, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephan's Church (Stephanskirche). Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus), contemplate the long history of Goethe House, then admire the masterpieces at Stadel Museum, then admire the striking features of Main Tower, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Romer.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Frankfurt road trip website.

You can fly from Hamburg to Frankfurt in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Hamburg in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Frankfurt: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Johannesburg.
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Johannesburg, South Africa — 2 nights

City of Light

Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
On the 30th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, and then take in the pleasant sights at The Wilds Nature Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Mandela House, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lion and Safari Park, and then get engrossed in the history at Lesedi Cultural Village.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Johannesburg tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Frankfurt to Johannesburg takes 13.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Frankfurt in July, expect nights in Johannesburg to be cooler, around 5°C, while days are little chillier, around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Durban.
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Durban, South Africa — 2 nights

Surf City

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
Visit The Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa Durban and Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple for their historical value. Phansi Museum and Makiwa Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Durban's surroundings by going to Howick (Nelson Mandela Capture Site & St Luke's Anglican Church). There's still lots to do: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, take an in-depth tour of Port Natal Maritime Museum, admire the natural beauty at Durban Botanic Gardens, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at West Street Mosque.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Durban road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Durban takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Johannesburg in August since evenings lows in Durban dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Cape Town.
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Cape Town, South Africa — 2 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): examine the collection at District Six Museum, examine the collection at South African Jewish Museum, take an in-depth tour of Cape Town Holocaust & Genocide Centre, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Great Synagogue, and finally head off the coast to Robben Island Museum. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and then take some stellar pictures from Cape Point.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cape Town travel app.

Getting from Durban to Cape Town by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Durban in August, things will get little chillier in Cape Town: highs are around 21°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Jersey City.
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Jersey City, United States — 13 nights

Jersey City is the second-most-populous city in the U.S. state of New Jersey, after Newark. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and Storm King Art Center. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Green-Wood cemetery and Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Explore Jersey City's surroundings by going to Melovino Meadery (in Vauxhall), Columbia (Delaware Water Gap & Lakota Wolf Preserve) and G. Steve Jordan Gallery (in New Paltz). Pack the 13th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Sesame Place Philadelphia. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, admire the majestic nature at Gateway National Recreation, see the top attractions with Imagine Yacht Charters, and admire the masterpieces at Princeton University Art Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Jersey City day trip site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cape Town to Jersey City. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Cape Town to Jersey City due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cape Town in August: highs in Jersey City hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Boston.
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Boston, United States — 3 nights

Beantown

Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year.
Get some historical perspective at Freedom Trail and The Paul Revere House. Museum of Fine Arts and Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library, wander the streets of North End, traverse land and water with a duck tour, and get a taste of the local shopping with Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Boston trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Jersey City to Boston takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Jersey City in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Boston, with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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United States travel guide

4.6
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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Germany travel guide

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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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South Africa travel guide

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The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.
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