21 days in Washington DC, New York City & Los Angeles Itinerary

21 days in Washington DC, New York City & Los Angeles Itinerary

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21 days in Washington DC, New York City & Los Angeles Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + bus + train:  25​h
1
Washington DC
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
New York City
— 6 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
3
Los Angeles
— 8 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Sydney

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Gettysburg National Military Park (in Gettysburg) and Dragon Distillery, LLC (in Frederick). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, contemplate the waterfront views at Tidal Basin, and get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Washington DC trip planning site .

Sydney, Australia to Washington DC is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 15 hours traveling from Sydney to Washington DC due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Sydney, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Washington DC, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trips

Gettysburg National Military Park, Dragon Distillery, LLC
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Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

6
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, make a trip to Times Square, and admire the landmark architecture of Empire State Building.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the New York City online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to New York City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Washington DC in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in New York City: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

8
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 to go to Anaheim and see Disneyland Park, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles holiday planner.

You can fly from New York City to Los Angeles in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to Los Angeles. Traveling from New York City in May, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park, Norton Simon Museum
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Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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