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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tidal Basin and Georgetown. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at U.S. National Arboretum, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, take an in-depth tour of National Portrait Gallery, and get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

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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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough 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.
Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and 26-Mile Bike Path. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at San Clemente Coastal Trail and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Long Beach Waterfront (in Long Beach), Eco-Adventure Center at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel (in Dana Point) and Heisler Park (in Laguna Beach). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Nethercutt Collection, admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, explore the stunning scenery at Runyon Canyon Park, and kick back and relax at Santa Monica Bay.

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Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Los Angeles takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Los Angeles is minus 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Roozengaarde Display Garden and Discovery Park. Get out of town with these interesting Seattle side-trips: Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum (in La Conner) and Tulip Town (in Mount Vernon). There's still lots to do: gain insight at University of Washington, take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, admire the natural beauty at Washington Park Arboretum, and view the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass.

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Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Seattle takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in May, with highs in Seattle at 68°F and lows at 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive back home.
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