11 days in Washington DC & Los Angeles Itinerary

11 days in Washington DC & Los Angeles Itinerary

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Washington DC
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and National Museum of African American History and Culture. Get outdoors at U.S. National Arboretum and Quiet Waters Park. Get out of town with these interesting Washington DC side-trips: Annapolis (Maryland State House & U.S. Naval Academy). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Smithsonian American Art Museum, see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at United States Botanic Garden, and appreciate the history behind Vietnam Women's Memorial.

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The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Washington DC. In December, daytime highs in Washington DC are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can catch the flight 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Big Bear Lake and 26-Mile Bike Path. Discover out-of-the-way places like San Clemente Coastal Trail and Balboa Island. Venture out of the city with trips to Salt Oasis (in Rancho Cucamonga), Heisler Park (in Laguna Beach) and Huntington Dog Beach (in Huntington Beach). Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Runyon Canyon Park, admire the masterpieces at Bhagavad-gita Diorama-Museum, stop by LA Farmers' Market, and don't miss a visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

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Getting from Washington DC to Los Angeles by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: 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 somewhat warmer than Washington DC - with highs of 69°F and lows of 49°F. On the 31st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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