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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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Capitol Hill, explore the world behind art at Smithsonian American Art Museum, and then take a stroll through Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, examine the collection at National Postal Museum, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and finally explore the striking landscape of Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine.

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Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Washington DC. In July, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Old Town, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
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3
nights
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Madame Tussauds New York, Central Park, New York Stock Exchange, and other attractions you added. Brooklyn Heights Promenade and 9/11 Memorial will appeal to history buffs. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Ground Zero Museum Workshop are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: race across the water with a speed boat tour, walk around Washington Square Park, take a stroll through Times Square, and examine the collection at New York Public Library.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read New York City trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Washington DC to New York City by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Parks

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Brooklyn Heights Promenade
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Speed Boats Tours
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), trek along Niagara Gorge Trail, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium of Niagara, thenHead underground at Cave of the Winds, thensee a show at Niagara Adventure Theater, and finally take a tour by water with Maid of the Mist. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Niagara Power Project Visitors Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Glen Falls, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of Victory Basilica.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Niagara Falls trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from New York City to Niagara Falls in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, Niagara Falls is little chillier than New York City - with highs of 81°F and lows of 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

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

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Washington DC

Washington DC ©
Popular historic sites such as The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to National Gallery of Art and National Museum of African American History and Culture. Enjoy Washington DC some more: examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and get engrossed in the history at National Portrait Gallery.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Washington DC travel planning app.

Traveling by flight from Niagara Falls to Washington DC takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Niagara Falls in July: high temperatures in Washington DC hover around 89°F and lows are around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to 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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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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