8 days in Washington DC & Seattle Itinerary

8 days in Washington DC & Seattle Itinerary

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8 days in Washington DC & Seattle Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
1
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
2
Seattle
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Air and Space Museum and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Museum-lovers will get to explore National Gallery of Art and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Washington DC: Gettysburg (Gettysburg National Military Park & Gettysburg National Cemetery), Antietam National Battlefield (in Sharpsburg) and Loch Raven Reservoir (in Phoenix). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial, and contemplate the long history of Audubon Naturalist Society Woodend Sanctuary.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Washington DC trip maker .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Washington DC. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in September, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Gettysburg, Audubon Naturalist Society Woodend Sanctuary, Loch Raven Reservoir, Antietam National Battlefield
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 15:
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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

4
nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Chihuly Garden and Glass and Glasshouse Studio will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Lower Big Quilcene Trail and Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. Venture out of the city with trips to Brightwater Center (in Woodinville), Bloedel Reserve (in Bainbridge Island) and Hood Canal (in Olympic National Park). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Pike Place Market, examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, and identify plant and animal life at Mercer Slough Nature Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Seattle trip site .

Getting from Washington DC to Seattle by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to Seattle. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Washington DC in September, with highs in Seattle at 72°F and lows at 56°F. On the 19th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Olympic National Park, Bloedel Reserve, Mercer Slough Nature Park, Brightwater Center
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 19:
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

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