20 days in Washington DC & Los Angeles Itinerary

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Washington DC — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): appreciate the history behind Washington Monument, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, then get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, then see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Washington DC trip itinerary builder.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Washington DC. In October, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 54°F. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Sat) before leaving for Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 17 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.
Get outdoors at Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Venture out of the city with trips to Angeles National Forest (in Arcadia), Anaheim (Space Mountain, Disneyland Park, &more) and Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (in Ojai). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, hit the best photo ops around with Hollywood Hikes, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles day trip tool.

Traveling by journey from Washington DC to Los Angeles takes 27.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to Los Angeles. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in October; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 82°F and lows reach 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.
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