10 days in Washington DC & Los Angeles Itinerary

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Washington DC
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Los Angeles
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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 National Museum of African American History and Culture and Devils Den. Get in touch with nature at Victorian Carriage Company and U.S. National Arboretum. Change things up with these side-trips from Washington DC: Gettysburg (Little Round Top & Gettysburg National Cemetery). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, get a sense of history and politics at White House, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Washington DC journey planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Washington DC. In September in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Nethercutt Collection and San Clemente Coastal Trail. Escape the urban bustle at Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat and Main Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Mission San Buenaventura (in Ventura), Carpinteria State Beach (in Carpinteria) and Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara Scenic Drive & East Beach). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, see the interesting displays at Hollywood Bowl Museum, admire the masterpieces at The Broad, and enjoy the sand and surf at El Matador State Beach.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary maker app.

Fly from Washington DC to Los Angeles in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. In October, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer than Washington DC - with highs of 82°F and lows of 62°F. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Fri) before leaving for home.
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