11 days in Washington DC & Los Angeles Itinerary

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Washington DC
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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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 off the beaten path and head to Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and Devils Den. Venture out of the city with trips to Gettysburg (Gettysburg National Cemetery & Seminary Ridge Museum and Education Center) and The Walters Art Museum (in Baltimore). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Smithsonian American Art Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at United States Botanic Garden, contemplate the long history of Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, and get a sense of history and politics at Smithsonian Institution Building.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Washington DC driving holiday planning app.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Washington DC. In December, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can fly to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 5 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.
Visiting Big Bear Lake and Runyon Canyon Park will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at San Clemente Coastal Trail and Snow Valley. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Huntington Dog Beach (in Huntington Beach), Balboa Island (in Newport Beach) and Heisler Park (in Laguna Beach). The adventure continues: go for a walk through 26-Mile Bike Path, explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay, look for gifts at LA Farmers' Market, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Los Angeles takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Washington DC to Los Angeles, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Los Angeles is a bit warmer than Washington DC - with highs of 69°F and lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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