13 days in Washington DC, Pittsburgh & California Itinerary

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Washington DC
— 2 nights
— 1 night
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
— 1 night
San Francisco
— 3 nights


Washington DC — 2 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.
On the 4th (Mon), see the interesting displays at The National Archives Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, and then learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, and then get a sense of history and politics at White House.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Washington DC day trip website.

Chennai, India to Washington DC is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Traveling from Chennai to Washington DC, you'll gain 10.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Washington DC is cooler than Chennai - with highs of 12°C and lows of 3°C. On the 6th (Wed), you'll travel to Pittsburgh.
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Pittsburgh — 1 night

City of Bridges

Known primarily for its steel-related heritage and 446 bridges, Pittsburgh sits at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers, which meet to form the Ohio River.
To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Pittsburgh trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Pittsburgh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in December; daily highs in Pittsburgh reach 6°C and lows reach -1°C. You'll set off for Santa Monica on the 7th (Thu).
Museums · Parks · Nightlife · Outdoors
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Santa Monica — 3 nights

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, look for gifts at Bergamot Station, then admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and finally see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Santa Monica road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Pittsburgh to Santa Monica takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Pittsburgh to Santa Monica, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Pittsburgh, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Santa Monica, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 11°C. You will leave for Carmel on the 10th (Sun).
Museums · Childrens Museums · Outdoors · Parks
Side Trip
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Carmel — 1 night

Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): stop by The Cheese Shop.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel road trip planning tool.

Fly from Santa Monica to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Santa Monica in December, with highs in Carmel at 19°C and lows at 7°C. You'll set off for San Francisco on the 11th (Mon).
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San Francisco — 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do your shopping at Union Square and City Lights Booksellers. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, visit The Embarcadero, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, and browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco route planner.

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. December in San Francisco sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Thu) before leaving for home.
Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
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California travel guide

Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.