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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tidal Basin and Smithsonian American Art Museum. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at U.S. National Arboretum, examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Washington DC trip itinerary site.

Washington to Washington DC is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Washington in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Washington DC, with lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Santa Monica Bay. Get in touch with nature at San Clemente Coastal Trail and South Carlsbad State Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Oceanside Strand (in Oceanside), Heisler Park (in Laguna Beach) and The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch (in Carlsbad). There's lots more to do: go for a walk through 26-Mile Bike Path, see the interesting displays at The Nethercutt Collection, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and enjoy the sand and surf at Moonlight State Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles travel planner.

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. In May, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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