10 days in Washington DC, Los Angeles & Seattle Itinerary

10 days in Washington DC, Los Angeles & Seattle Itinerary

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Washington DC
— 2 nights
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
— 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like U.S. National Arboretum and Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The adventure continues: examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, take in nature's colorful creations at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, and pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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Washington to Washington DC is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Washington in May, Washington DC is a bit warmer at night with lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Los Angeles.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at San Clemente Coastal Trail and Crystal Cove. Discover out-of-the-way places like Newport Beach and The Broad. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point), Laguna Beach (Heisler Park & Main Beach) and San Clemente Pier (in San Clemente). There's lots more to do: stroll through Santa Monica Bay, kick back and relax at Huntington Dog Beach, take in breathtaking views at Runyon Canyon Park, and immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State 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. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. In May in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Seattle.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Snoqualmie Falls and Discovery Park. Get in touch with nature at Washington Park Arboretum and Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. Take a break from Seattle with a short trip to Fall City Wallaby Ranch in Fall City, about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, look for gifts at Starbucks Reserve Roastery Seattle, and stroll around Kerry Park.

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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 a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in May, with highs in Seattle at 68°F and lows at 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
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