10 days in Washington DC & Los Angeles Itinerary

10 days in Washington DC & Los Angeles Itinerary

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and National Portrait Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Smithsonian American Art Museum, step into the grandiose world of Smithsonian Institution Building, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of African American History and Culture, and see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum.

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London, UK to Washington DC is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Washington DC. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Indian Canyons and Big Bear Lake. Take a break from the city and head to San Clemente Coastal Trail and 26-Mile Bike Path. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Palm Springs (Tahquitz Canyon & Palm Springs Art Museum), Heisler Park (in Laguna Beach) and Balboa Island (in Newport Beach). There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Runyon Canyon Park, explore the world behind art at The Broad, enjoy the sand and surf at Huntington Dog Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Alpine Pedal Path.

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You can fly from Washington DC to Los Angeles in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in December, things will get a bit warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 24°C and lows about 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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