10 days in Washington DC & Los Angeles Itinerary

10 days in Washington DC & Los Angeles Itinerary

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Washington DC
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 6 nights
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Washington DC — 3 nights

The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Do some cultural sightseeing at National Air and Space Museum and Capitol Hill. Explore hidden gems such as National Museum of African American History and Culture and Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, explore the historical opulence of Smithsonian Institution Building, admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery, and take a stroll through Old Town.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Washington DC route planner.

Washington to Washington DC is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Washington in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Washington DC, with lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 6 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and The Broad. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Malibu to see The Getty Villa about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Nethercutt Collection, explore the world behind art at Norton Simon Museum, deepen your understanding at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Los Angeles takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 59°F. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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