9 days in Los Angeles, San Francisco & Washington DC Itinerary

9 days in Los Angeles, San Francisco & Washington DC Itinerary

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9 days in Los Angeles, San Francisco & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  8​h
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
3
Washington DC
— 2 nights
End: Washington DC

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Getty Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Get some cultural insight at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Change things up with a short trip to Montana Avenue in Santa Monica (about 36 minutes away). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, stop by Hollywood & Highland, appreciate the history behind Guitar Center, and get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip maker .

Washington DC to Los Angeles is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in March; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 75°F and lows reach 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Montana Avenue
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Get some historical perspective at City Lights Booksellers and The Embarcadero. There's much more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and see the interesting displays at de Young Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Francisco by combination of train and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in March: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 65°F and lows are around 50°F. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Washington DC.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Union Square ©
Union Square

2
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.
On the 31st (Sat), see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, and then admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and then ponder the world of politics at White House.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Washington DC online route planner .

You can fly from San Francisco to Washington DC in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco to Washington DC, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in March, things will get little chillier in Washington DC: highs are around 55°F and lows about 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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