11 days in Washington DC & Los Angeles Itinerary

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Washington DC
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 3 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tidal Basin and Quiet Waters Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like U.S. National Arboretum and Capitol Hill. Step out of Washington DC to go to Annapolis and see U.S. Naval Academy, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, take an in-depth tour of Smithsonian American Art Museum, and take a stroll through Georgetown.

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Washington to Washington DC is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Washington in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Washington DC, with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and San Clemente Coastal Trail. Take a break from the city and head to 26-Mile Bike Path and Oceanside Strand. Change things up with a short trip to The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch in Carlsbad (about 1h 35 min away). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Nethercutt Collection, deepen your understanding at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), make a trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and get curious at California Science Center.

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Fly from Washington DC to Los Angeles in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in April, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 75°F and 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive back home.
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