7 days in Washington DC & Los Angeles Itinerary

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 Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at U.S. National Arboretum, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of African American History and Culture, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and admire the masterpieces at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Washington DC online holiday planner.

Washington to Washington DC is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Washington in May, Washington DC is a bit warmer at night with lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat and Santa Monica Bay. Escape the urban bustle at San Clemente Coastal Trail and Newport Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Mandalay State Beach (in Oxnard) and Laguna Beach (Main Beach & Crystal Cove). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at The Broad, gain insight at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), see the interesting displays at The Nethercutt Collection, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles attractions tool.

You can fly from Washington DC to Los Angeles in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Los Angeles is minus 3 hours. May in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 59°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Wed) before leaving for home.
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