10 days in Washington DC, Los Angeles & San Francisco Itinerary

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Washington DC
— 2 nights
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
San Francisco
— 4 nights


Washington DC — 2 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and National Museum of African American History and Culture. There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at National World War II Memorial, ponder the world of politics at Library of Congress, make a trip to John F. Kennedy Grave Site, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art.

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The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Washington DC. In September, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Los Angeles.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
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Los Angeles — 3 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 Santa Monica State Beach and Balboa Island. Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and Hollywood Bowl Museum. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to San Clemente Pier (in San Clemente), Newport Beach (Civic Center Park & Newport Beach) and Laguna Beach (Crystal Cove & Heisler Park). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Bay, grab your bike and head to Orange County Coast, take in the waterfront at Huntington Beach Pier, and admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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You can travel from Washington DC to Los Angeles in 8.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can fly to San Francisco.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
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San Francisco — 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Muir Woods National Monument and Marin Headlands. Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Mount Tamalpais State Park. There's still lots to do: stroll through Lands End, get interesting insight from Tours, contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay, and see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum.

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Fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, things will get little chillier in San Francisco: highs are around 76°F and lows about 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours
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