10 days in Los Angeles & Washington DC Itinerary

10 days in Los Angeles & Washington DC Itinerary

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10 days in Los Angeles & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  8​h
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h
2
Washington DC
— 4 nights
End: Washington DC

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Carpinteria State Beach and Balboa Island. Get in touch with nature at El Matador State Beach and Runyon Canyon Park. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum (in Pomona), Cal Earth Homes (in Hesperia) and Sunset Hills Memorial Park (in Apple Valley). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at 26-Mile Bike Path, don't miss a visit to Korean Bell of Friendship, steep yourself in history at Dunbar Hotel, and examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles route planner .

Washington DC to Los Angeles is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, Horse Thief Canyon Park, Cal Earth Homes, Sunset Hills Memorial Park, 26-Mile Bike Path
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Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
El Matador State Beach ©
El Matador State Beach
26-Mile Bike Path ©
26-Mile Bike Path

4
nights
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.
Get outdoors at U.S. National Arboretum and Devils Den. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at National Museum of African American History and Culture and United States Botanic Garden. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Washington DC: Chatham Manor (in Fredericksburg), Maryland House Travel Plaza (in Aberdeen) and Betterton Beach (in Betterton). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, explore the world behind art at Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sagamore Spirit Distillery, and take a stroll through Georgetown.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Washington DC route maker .

Getting from Los Angeles to Washington DC by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles to Washington DC, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in June; daily highs in Washington DC reach 86°F and lows reach 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Gettysburg, Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Skyline Caverns, Air Force Memorial, Sagamore Spirit Distillery
Highlights from your plan
U.S. National Arboretum ©
U.S. National Arboretum
Devils Den ©
Devils Den
Skyline Caverns ©
Skyline Caverns

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