13 days in Washington DC & Los Angeles Itinerary

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like U.S. National Arboretum and Smithsonian Institution Building. Get outdoors at Devils Den and Ellipse Visitor Pavilion. Venture out of the city with trips to Gettysburg (Horseback Riding Tours & Seminary Ridge Museum and Education Center). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Capitol Hill, take in nature's colorful creations at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum of African American History and Culture.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Washington DC travel planning website.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Washington DC. July in Washington DC sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to fly to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 6 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.
Step out of the city life by going to El Matador State Beach and Crystal Cove. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Nethercutt Collection and San Clemente Coastal Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Huntington State Beach (in Huntington Beach), Zuma Beach (in Malibu) and Santa Monica (26-Mile Bike Path & Santa Monica Mountains). There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Runyon Canyon Park, make a trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, deepen your understanding at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary builder tool.

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. Traveling from Washington DC in July, expect Los Angeles to be little chillier, temps between 83°F and 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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