15 days in Washington DC, San Diego & Northern Virginia Itinerary

15 days in Washington DC, San Diego & Northern Virginia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route planner

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Washington DC
— 1 day
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San Diego
— 8 nights
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Chantilly
— 2 nights
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Washington DC

— 1 day
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 1st (Sat): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, then see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and finally appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Washington DC travel route planning website.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Washington DC. In August in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 71°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums

San Diego

— 8 nights

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Diego: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (in Chino Hills), Redlands Bowl (in Redlands) and Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas). Spend the 8th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, take a tour of Maritime Museum of San Diego, and tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego road trip planner.

You can drive from Washington DC to San Diego in 43 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to San Diego. Traveling from Washington DC in August, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 68°F, while days are slightly colder, around 78°F. On the 11th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Chantilly.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches

Side Trips

Chantilly

— 2 nights
Chantilly is a census-designated place (CDP) in western Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Luray (The Car and Carriage Caravan Museum, Luray Caverns, &more) and Harpers Ferry (The Point & Harpers Ferry National Historical Park). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and take in the history at Manassas National Battlefield Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Chantilly trip builder site.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Chantilly takes 43 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego to Chantilly, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Diego in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Chantilly: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Chantilly

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips