10 days in Washington DC, Los Angeles & Seattle Itinerary

10 days in Washington DC, Los Angeles & Seattle Itinerary

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Washington DC
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Los Angeles
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to U.S. National Arboretum and Smithsonian American Art Museum. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, and pause for some photo ops at Albert Einstein Memorial.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Washington DC day trip tool.

Washington to Washington DC is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. In March, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can fly to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 2 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 Runyon Canyon Park and Long Beach Waterfront. Get outdoors at San Clemente Coastal Trail and Santa Monica State Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Huntington Beach Pier (in Huntington Beach), Crystal Cove (in Laguna Beach) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point). And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at 26-Mile Bike Path, admire the masterpieces at The Broad, make a trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles route maker site.

You can fly from Washington DC to Los Angeles in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Washington DC to Los Angeles, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Washington DC in March: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 74°F and lows are around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow 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.
Get in touch with nature at Snoqualmie Falls and Alki Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Washington Park Arboretum and Discovery Park. Step out of Seattle with an excursion to Fall City Wallaby Ranch in Fall City--about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get lost in a book at Seattle Public Library, walk around Kerry Park, make a trip to Space Needle, and take a leisurely stroll along Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Seattle vacation maker.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Seattle in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, expect Seattle to be a bit cooler, temps between 61°F and 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car back home.
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