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: San Francisco
Fly:  7​h
1
Washington DC
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
New York City
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
3
Niagara Falls
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

4
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.
Visit The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Arlington National Cemetery for their historical value. Visiting Old Rag Mountain Hike and Appalachian Trail will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Washington DC side-trips: Skyline Drive (in Shenandoah National Park), Stony Man Mountain Hike (in Luray) and Mount Vernon Trail (in Arlington). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Tidal Basin, learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of National Mall.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Washington DC trip itinerary app .

San Francisco to Washington DC is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in August, with highs in Washington DC at 87°F and lows at 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Shenandoah National Park, Arlington, The Basilica of Saint Mary, Stony Man Mountain Overlook
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Old Rag Mountain Hike ©
Old Rag Mountain Hike
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Green-Wood Cemetery, then pause for some photo ops at Alexander Hamilton Statue, then admire the natural beauty at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at New York Harbor.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in New York City are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Brooklyn
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New York Harbor ©
New York Harbor
Green-Wood cemetery ©
Green-Wood cemetery
Brooklyn Botanic Garden ©
Brooklyn Botanic Garden

2
nights
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of Victory Basilica, then admire the landmark architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex, then hike along Devil's Hole State Park, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Niagara Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds, then contemplate the long history of Old Fort Niagara, and finally get outside with Niagara Jet Adventures.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Niagara Falls trip tool .

Getting from New York City to Niagara Falls by combination of flight and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from New York City in September; daily highs in Niagara Falls reach 75°F and lows reach 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Buffalo, Youngstown, Our Lady of Victory Basilica
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Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Our Lady of Victory Basilica ©
Our Lady of Victory Basilica
Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls

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