10 days in Washington DC, Los Angeles & Seattle Itinerary

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Washington DC
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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Seattle
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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.
Visiting Tidal Basin and U.S. National Arboretum will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Capitol Hill and Georgetown. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, admire the natural beauty at United States Botanic Garden, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, and pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Washington DC trip itinerary builder.

Washington to Washington DC is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Washington in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 49°F in Washington DC. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Los Angeles.
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and The Nethercutt Collection. Get outdoors at San Clemente Coastal Trail and Long Beach Waterfront. Venture out of the city with trips to Newport Beach (in Newport Beach) and 26-Mile Bike Path (in Santa Monica). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, explore the world behind art at The Broad, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and don't miss a visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planner.

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. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Washington DC in April: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 75°F and lows are around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Seattle.
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Seattle — 4 nights

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Escape the urban bustle at Washington Park Arboretum and Fishing Charters & Tours. Step off the beaten path and head to Roozengaarde Display Garden and Seattle Center. Change things up with a short trip to Tulip Town in Mount Vernon (about 1h 15 min away). Next up on the itinerary: gain insight at University of Washington, take a stroll through Pike Place Market, admire the striking features of Seattle Public Library, and walk around Discovery Park.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Seattle day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Seattle takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in May, expect Seattle to be little chillier, temps between 68°F and 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.
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