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 Smithsonian American Art Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Annapolis (Maryland State House & Annapolis Historic District). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at United States Botanic Garden, see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Washington DC. Expect a daytime high around 51°F in December, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 4 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 Big Bear Lake and Runyon Canyon Park. Get in touch with nature at San Clemente Coastal Trail and 26-Mile Bike Path. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Oceanside Pier (in Oceanside), Keller Peak Fire Lookout (in Running Springs) and Newport Beach (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Balboa Island). There's much more to do: make a trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum, fly down the slopes at Snow Summit, and stop by LA Farmers' Market.

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Getting from Washington DC to Los Angeles by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Washington DC to Los Angeles, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in December; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 69°F and lows reach 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.
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