10 days in Washington DC, New York City & Niagara Falls Itinerary

10 days in Washington DC, New York City & Niagara Falls Itinerary

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10 days in Washington DC, New York City & Niagara Falls Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
1
Washington DC
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
New York City
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
Niagara Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Washington DC
— 3 nights
End: Washington DC

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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): wander the streets of Capitol Hill, then take an in-depth tour of Smithsonian American Art Museum, and then wander the streets of Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, then see the interesting displays at National Postal Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fort McHenry National Monument.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Washington DC trip tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Washington DC. In July, daytime highs in Washington DC are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Old Town, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
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3
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Madame Tussauds New York, Central Park, New York Stock Exchange, and other attractions. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Ground Zero Museum Workshop will appeal to museum buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Brooklyn Heights Promenade and Washington Square Park. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, examine the collection at New York Public Library, and wander the streets of Times Square.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the New York City trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in New York City are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Brooklyn Heights Promenade
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9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Ground Zero Museum Workshop ©
Ground Zero Museum Workshop

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Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Glen Falls, Niagara Gorge Trail, Aquarium of Niagara, and other attractions. On the 11th (Thu), learn more about the world around you at Niagara Gorge Discovery Center, trek along Niagara Gorge Trail, observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium of Niagara, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds, then catch a live performance at Niagara Adventure Theater, and finally take a tour by water with Maid of the Mist. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Niagara Power Project Visitors Center, admire the sheer force of Glen Falls, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of Victory Basilica.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Niagara Falls day trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from New York City to Niagara Falls in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In July, Niagara Falls is a bit cooler than New York City - with highs of 81°F and lows of 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Glen Falls, Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Niagara Power Project Visitors Center
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Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls
Maid of the Mist ©
Maid of the Mist

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Washington DC

Washington DC ©
Appreciate the collections at National Museum of African American History and Culture and Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens. Explore hidden gems such as Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and National Gallery of Art. Explore Washington DC further: get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Washington DC travel planning app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Niagara Falls to Washington DC in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. In July, Washington DC is somewhat warmer than Niagara Falls - with highs of 89°F and lows of 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
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