10 days in Washington DC, Boston & Rhode Island Itinerary

10 days in Washington DC, Boston & Rhode Island Itinerary

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10 days in Washington DC, Boston & Rhode Island Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  3​h 15​min
1
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Boston
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Newport
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
End: New York City

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and Smithsonian Institution Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Air and Space Museum and Smithsonian American Art Museum. There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, get engrossed in the history at Newseum, and learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

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New York City to Washington DC is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Boston.

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Museums Historic Sites Parks
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3
nights
Boston

Boston ©
Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hampton Beach State Park and John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library. Get some cultural insight at Old North Church & Historic Site and Waterfront. Step out of Boston with an excursion to Jenney Museum in Plymouth--about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Beacon Hill, enjoy the sand and surf at Nantasket Beach, take an in-depth tour of USS Constitution Museum, and browse the exhibits of New England Holocaust Memorial.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Boston holiday planning site .

You can fly from Washington DC to Boston in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in August; daily highs in Boston reach 32°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Newport.

Things to do in Boston

Neighborhoods Museums Parks

Side Trips

Jenney Museum, Hampton Beach State Park, Nantasket Beach
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Old North Church & Historic Site ©
Old North Church & Historic Site
Hampton Beach State Park ©
Hampton Beach State Park
Jenney Museum ©
Jenney Museum

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nights
Newport

Newport ©
With coastline on the west, south, and east, Newport is a maritime city with a rich history.
On the 19th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Trinity Church, contemplate the long history of The Preservation Society of Newport County, admire the striking features of Kingscote, then take in the exciting artwork at Thames Glass, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Easton's Beach, then see the interesting displays at The Breakers, then visit a coastal fixture at Castle Hill Lighthouse, and finally contemplate the long history of Colony House.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Newport road trip planning website .

You can drive from Boston to Newport in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Newport are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Wed) before leaving for home.

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Trinity Church ©
Trinity Church
The Breakers ©
The Breakers

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