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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tidal Basin and Georgetown. Get in touch with nature at U.S. National Arboretum and Ellipse Visitor Pavilion. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, visit Capitol Hill, and admire the masterpieces at Smithsonian American Art Museum.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Washington DC online travel route planner.

Washington to Washington DC is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Washington in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Washington DC, with lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Los Angeles.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
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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 Dolphin & Whale Watching and Long Beach Waterfront. Get in touch with nature at San Clemente Coastal Trail and Santa Monica State Beach. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Eco-Adventure Center at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel (in Dana Point), Laguna Beach (Heisler Park & Crystal Cove) and Newport Beach (in Newport Beach). Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through 26-Mile Bike Path, enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Bay, make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, and learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip maker.

Getting from Washington DC to Los Angeles by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to Los Angeles. In April, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer than Washington DC - with highs of 75°F and lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Washington Park Arboretum and Discovery Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Roozengaarde Display Garden and Seattle Center. Step out of Seattle with an excursion to Tulip Town in Mount Vernon--about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: gain insight at University of Washington, stroll around Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, shop like a local with Pike Place Market, and enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle.

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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, expect Seattle to be little chillier, temps between 68°F and 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive back home.
Parks · Shopping · Tours · Outdoors
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