10 days in Washington DC & Los Angeles Itinerary

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Washington DC
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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Washington DC — 4 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.
You'll explore and learn at National Air and Space Museum and National Gallery of Art. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Eastern Market and Art Museum of The Americas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Washington DC: Gettysburg (Little Round Top, Gettysburg National Military Park, &more). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, examine the collection at The National Archives Museum, and appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Washington DC online sightseeing planner.

Washington to Washington DC is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Washington DC when traveling from Washington in May, with lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 5 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Get outdoors at Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat and Santa Monica Mountains. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Rodeo Drive (in Beverly Hills) and Third Street Promenade (in Santa Monica). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive, view the masterpieces at Revolver Gallery, and stop by Amoeba Music.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Los Angeles takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. In May in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 59°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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