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 United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Popular historic sites such as The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Washington National Cathedral are in your itinerary. Step out of Washington DC with an excursion to Little Library in Vienna--about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, contemplate the long history of Audubon Naturalist Society Woodend Sanctuary, stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, and hunt for treasures at Eastern Market.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Washington DC trip maker site.

Washington to Washington DC is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Washington in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 58°F in Washington DC. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) 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.
Get outdoors at Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat and Santa Monica Mountains. Let the collections at The Getty Center and The Disney Gallery capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Downtown Disney District (in Anaheim), Beverly Hills (Barney's New York & Rodeo Drive) and Santa Monica (Santa Monica Farmers Market & Third Street Promenade). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, get a taste of the local shopping with Robertson Boulevard, and don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles day trip planner.

You can fly from Washington DC to Los Angeles in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to Los Angeles. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 59°F. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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