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.
Escape the urban bustle at Dark Hollow Falls and Stony Man Mountain Overlook. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to U.S. National Arboretum and National Museum of African American History and Culture. When in Washington DC, make a side trip to see White Oak Canyon Trail in Syria, approximately Syria away. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, pause for some photo ops at Albert Einstein Memorial, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, and get a sense of history and politics at Smithsonian Institution Building.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Washington DC road trip website.

Washington to Washington DC is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Washington in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Washington DC, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (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.
Explore hidden gems such as San Clemente Coastal Trail and Crystal Cove. Get in touch with nature at Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat and Santa Monica Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Carpinteria State Beach (in Carpinteria), Ventura to Ojai Paved Bike Path (in Ventura) and Newport Beach (in Newport Beach). The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall, explore the world behind art at The Broad, and stroll around Runyon Canyon Park.

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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. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Seattle.
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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 20th (Thu), enjoy breathtaking views from Columbia Center, admire the natural beauty at Washington Park Arboretum, admire the landmark architecture of Seattle Public Library, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, then take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, and finally wander the streets of Pike Place Market. Keep things going the next day: walk around Discovery Park, explore the activities along Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then walk around Kerry Park, and finally admire the natural beauty at Kubota Garden.

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Fly from Los Angeles to Seattle in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in May, expect Seattle to be a bit cooler, temps between 68°F and 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive back home.
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