8 days in Washington DC & California Itinerary

8 days in Washington DC & California Itinerary

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8 days in Washington DC & California Itinerary

Dallas
Fly:  5​h
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  3​h 30​min
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  5​h
Dallas

2
days
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): ponder the world of politics at The White House, then appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and then examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, then learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and finally pause for some photo ops at Washington Monument.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Washington DC online journey planner

Dallas to Washington DC is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dallas to Washington DC. Traveling from Dallas in January, expect Washington DC to be slightly colder, temps between 45°F and 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin

1
day
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco day trip site

Getting from Washington DC to San Francisco by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Washington DC in January, with highs in San Francisco at 59°F and lows at 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf

3
days
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Getty Center The Publications, explore the fascinating underground world of Bronson Caves, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles online trip builder

You can do a combination of flight and train from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from San Francisco in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park
Disney California Adventure Park
Getty Center The Publications ©
Getty Center The Publications

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