13 days in Washington DC, California & Michigan Itinerary

13 days in Washington DC, California & Michigan Itinerary

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13 days in Washington DC, California & Michigan Itinerary

Start: London
+2
Fly + bus + train:  11​h 30​min
1
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
4
Traverse City
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: London

3
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.
Washington DC is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral, and contemplate the waterfront views at Tidal Basin.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Washington DC trip planner .

London, UK to Washington DC is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in June: high temperatures in Washington DC hover around 35°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Washington DC to San Francisco in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in July, things will get a bit cooler in San Francisco: highs are around 26°C and lows about 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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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.
Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Disneyland Park in Anaheim--about 36 minutes away. Pack the 8th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Getty Center, make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles day trip site .

You can fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in July, with highs in Los Angeles at 33°C and lows at 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

1
night
Traverse City

Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and then hike along Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): explore the landscape on two wheels at Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Traverse City holiday builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Traverse City takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Traverse City is 3 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Traverse City, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail ©
Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

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