18 days in United States & Switzerland Itinerary

18 days in United States & Switzerland Itinerary

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Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  19 h
1
San Francisco, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
Los Angeles, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
3
Zurich, Switzerland
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h
4
Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  10 h 15 min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

2
nights
San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): engage your brain at Exploratorium, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Here are some ideas for day two: engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Francisco online journey planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to San Francisco is an approximately 19- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -12 hour difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Dubai in May: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences

2
nights
Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
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 24th (Sun): make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, then look and learn at Griffith Observatory, then experience the excitement of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and finally get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier and then make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from San Francisco to Los Angeles by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in May; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

7
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kids will enjoy Seilpark Interlaken and Swimming Pools Unter Letten. Venture out of the city with trips to Lucerne (Markuskirche, Lion Monument, &more), Interlaken (Alpenwildpark & Heidi's Photo Chalet) and Kriens (Mt Pilatus & Parkbad Kleinfeld). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, get to know the resident critters at Zoo Zurich, have some family-friendly fun at Virtual Reality Center, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip planner.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Zurich in 14.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Los Angeles to Zurich, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Zurich is slightly colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Neuhausen am Rheinfall.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Lucerne, Interlaken
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Zoo Zurich ©
Zoo Zurich
Swimming Pools Unter Letten ©
Swimming Pools Unter Letten
Verkehrshaus der Schweiz ©
Verkehrshaus der Schweiz

4
nights
Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland

Neuhausen am Rheinfall ©
Neuhausen am Rheinfall is a small municipality best known as home to Rhine Falls, a tourist attraction and Europe's largest waterfall.
You've now added Rhine Falls to your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Neuhausen am Rheinfall side-trips: Kartause Ittingen (in Warth) and Napoleon Museum (in Salenstein). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Stein am Rhein, learn about winemaking at Bergtrotte Osterfingen, see the interesting displays at Smilestones, and explore the historical opulence of Munot.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Neuhausen am Rheinfall online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Neuhausen am Rheinfall takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Neuhausen am Rheinfall

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Schaffhausen, Stein am Rhein, Schloss Laufen, Kartause Ittingen, Bergtrotte Osterfingen
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Altstadt Schaffhausen ©
Altstadt Schaffhausen
Rhine Falls ©
Rhine Falls
Stein am Rhein ©
Stein am Rhein

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