7 days in Washington DC & Los Angeles Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at U.S. National Arboretum, explore the world behind art at Smithsonian American Art Museum, see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Capitol Hill.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Washington DC trip planner.

Washington to Washington DC is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Washington in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Washington DC, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) 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.
Visiting Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat and Santa Monica Bay will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as San Clemente Coastal Trail and Runyon Canyon Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Oceanside Pier (in Oceanside), Newport Beach (in Newport Beach) and Crystal Cove (in Laguna Beach). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at The Broad, gain insight at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, and stroll through Ventura to Ojai Paved Bike Path.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles road trip planning site.

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, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 59°F. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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