7 days in Washington DC & Los Angeles Itinerary

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Washington DC
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at National Air and Space Museum and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Museum-lovers will get to explore National Gallery of Art and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The National Archives Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Washington National Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Washington Monument, and hunt for treasures at Eastern Market.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Washington DC journey website.

Washington to Washington DC is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Washington in May, Washington DC is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly 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.
Visit Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame for their historical value. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Rodeo Drive and Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Santa Monica Mountains, Santa Monica Farmers Market, &more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Getty Center, get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove, admire the masterpieces at Norton Simon Museum, and buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Washington DC to Los Angeles in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 59°F. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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