10 days in Washington DC, Los Angeles & Seattle Itinerary

10 days in Washington DC, Los Angeles & Seattle Itinerary

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Washington DC
— 3 nights
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
— 3 nights


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.
Step out of the city life by going to Dark Hollow Falls and Stony Man Mountain Overlook. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Old Rag Mountain Hike and The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at U.S. National Arboretum, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, explore the galleries of Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, and examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum.

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Washington to Washington DC is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Washington in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Washington DC, with lows of 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Los Angeles.
Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Trails
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at San Clemente Coastal Trail and Newport Beach. Get outdoors at Santa Monica Bay and Santa Monica State Beach. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to San Clemente Pier (in San Clemente), Laguna Beach (Main Beach & Crystal Cove) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point). There's still lots to do: walk around Runyon Canyon Park, admire the masterpieces at The Broad, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and enjoy the sand and surf at Huntington Dog Beach.

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You can fly from Washington DC to Los Angeles in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to Los Angeles. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Seattle.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature
Side Trips
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Seattle — 3 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.
On the 13th (Thu), get interesting insight from Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, then enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, and finally pick up some local products at Pike Place Market. On your second day here, stroll around Discovery Park, walk around Kerry Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Washington Park Arboretum, then admire the landmark architecture of Seattle Public Library, and finally admire the natural beauty at Kubota Garden.

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You can fly from Los Angeles to Seattle in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in May, things will get little chillier in Seattle: highs are around 68°F and lows about 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping
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