11 days in Washington DC & Los Angeles Itinerary

11 days in Washington DC & Los Angeles Itinerary

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Washington DC
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
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Washington DC — 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and U.S. National Arboretum. Take a break from the city and head to Dark Hollow Falls and Devils Den. Venture out of the city with trips to Stony Man Mountain Overlook (in Luray), Gettysburg (Shriver House Museum, Horseback Riding Tours, &more) and Skyland (in Shenandoah National Park). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Women's Memorial, explore the historical opulence of Smithsonian Institution Building, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of African American History and Culture.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Washington DC holiday builder site.

Washington to Washington DC is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Washington in May since evenings lows in Washington DC dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can fly to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 4 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat and Crystal Cove. Discover out-of-the-way places like San Clemente Coastal Trail and Runyon Canyon Park. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Salt Creek Beach (in Dana Point), Ventura (Mission San Buenaventura & Ventura to Ojai Paved Bike Path) and Main Beach (in Laguna Beach). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at The Broad, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, deepen your understanding at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and examine the collection at The Nethercutt Collection.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip builder website.

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. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive back home.
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