10 days in Washington DC, Niagara Falls & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

10 days in Washington DC, Niagara Falls & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

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10 days in Washington DC, Niagara Falls & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  3​h 15​min
1
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
2
Niagara Falls
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
3
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​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 visit kid-friendly attractions like National Air and Space Museum and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, pause for some photo ops at National World War II Memorial, see the interesting displays at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and meet the residents at National Zoological Park.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Washington DC road trip site .

New York City to Washington DC is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. While traveling from New York City, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Washington DC, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Zoological Park ©
National Zoological Park
Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin

2
nights
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Niagara Falls, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds, and then hike along Niagara Gorge Trail. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Niagara Falls Discovery Center, head outdoors with Niagara Jet Adventures, and then hike along Devil's Hole State Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Niagara Falls trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Washington DC to Niagara Falls takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC in June, expect Niagara Falls to be a bit cooler, temps between 77°F and 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Niagara Jet Adventures
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Niagara Jet Adventures ©
Niagara Jet Adventures
Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls

3
nights
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©
Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Kids will enjoy Roaring Fork and Chimneys Picnic Area. Explore Great Smoky Mountains National Park's surroundings by going to Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Cades Cove & Ramsey Cascades). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, hike along Alum Cave Trail, stroll through Chimney Tops Trail, and steep yourself in history at Walker Sisters' Cabin.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park online itinerary maker .

Explore your travel options from Niagara Falls to Great Smoky Mountains National Park with the Route module. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Niagara Falls in June: high temperatures in Great Smoky Mountains National Park hover around 86°F and lows are around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Indian Creek Falls ©
Indian Creek Falls
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte
Cades Cove ©
Cades Cove

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