16 days in Washington DC, New Orleans & San Francisco Itinerary

16 days in Washington DC, New Orleans & San Francisco Itinerary

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16 days in Washington DC, New Orleans & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  15​h 30​min
1
Washington DC
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
New Orleans
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Riyadh

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.
Ford's Theatre has been added to your itinerary. Let the collections at National Air and Space Museum and National Gallery of Art capture your imagination. Get outdoors at Hidden Oaks Nature Center and Audubon Naturalist Society Woodend Sanctuary. When in Washington DC, make a side trip to see Meadowside Nature Center in Rockville, approximately 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, see the interesting displays at Newseum, learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Washington DC vacation planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Washington DC is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and subway. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Riyadh in October, things will get much colder in Washington DC: highs are around 25°C and lows about 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Meadowside Nature Center, Waverly Street Gallery, Audubon Naturalist Society Woodend Sanctuary, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Hidden Oaks Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

4
nights
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Visit Garden District and St. Louis Cathedral for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve and Fishing Charters & Tours. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The National WWII Museum, stop by Faulkner House Books, shop like a local with Jamie Hayes Gallery, and wander the streets of Royal Street.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our New Orleans travel route planner.

Getting from Washington DC to New Orleans by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to New Orleans is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Washington DC in October: highs in New Orleans hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in New Orleans

Wildlife Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum ©
The National WWII Museum
Garden District ©
Garden District
French Quarter ©
French Quarter

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Appreciate the collections at Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Visit Marshall’s Beach and China Beach for some beach relaxation. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take a stroll through Union Square, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Francisco vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to San Francisco takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New Orleans to San Francisco. When traveling from New Orleans in October, plan for a bit warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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