10 days in Los Angeles & Phoenix Itinerary

10 days in Los Angeles & Phoenix Itinerary

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10 days in Los Angeles & Phoenix Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  8​h
1
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h
2
Phoenix
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

5
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Getty Center and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Step out of the city life by going to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica) and Anaheim (Oak Canyon Nature Center & Disneyland Park). Pack the 24th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, stroll through Santa Monica Bay, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles driving holiday planning site .

Washington DC to Los Angeles is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Los Angeles is minus 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in October; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 82°F and lows reach 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Phoenix.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Parks, #Theme Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Hollywood Walk of Fame ©
Hollywood Walk of Fame

4
nights
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Visit Casa Grande Ruins National Monument and Sahuaro Ranch Park for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Desert Botanical Garden and Aridus Wine Company. Change things up with a short trip to Goldfield Ghost Town in Apache Junction (about 54 minutes away). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Musical Instrument Museum, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and admire the masterpieces at Heard Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Phoenix trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Phoenix takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles to Phoenix, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Los Angeles in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Phoenix, with highs around 91°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 67°F. On the 28th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Phoenix

#Parks, #Tours, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Scottsdale, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Sahuaro Ranch Park, Goldfield Ghost Town
Highlights from your plan
Desert Botanical Garden ©
Desert Botanical Garden
Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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