11 days in New York City, Boston & Washington DC Itinerary

11 days in New York City, Boston & Washington DC Itinerary

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11 days in New York City, Boston & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  9​h
1
New York City
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h
2
Boston
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: San Francisco

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Food Tours and Photography Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New York City: Hyde Park (Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt & Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, race across the water with a speed boat tour, admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the New York City holiday site .

San Francisco to New York City is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to New York City is 3 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from San Francisco in September since evenings lows in New York City dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Boston.

Things to do in New York City

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trip

Hyde Park
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

2
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.
On the 24th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop and the Printing Office of Edes and Gill, take in nature's colorful creations at Boston Public Garden, then wander the streets of Back Bay, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Boston trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to Boston takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from New York City in September: high temperatures in Boston hover around 75°F and lows are around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Boston

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, Fishermen's Memorial Monument
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Museum of Fine Arts ©
Museum of Fine Arts
Boston Public Garden ©
Boston Public Garden

3
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Skyline Drive and Antietam National Battlefield. Next up on the itinerary: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, appreciate the extensive heritage of Capitol Hill, examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Washington DC road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Boston to Washington DC takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Boston in September, expect Washington DC to be somewhat warmer, temps between 82°F and 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Antietam National Battlefield, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Skyline Drive
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Walking tours
Antietam National Battlefield ©
Antietam National Battlefield
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive

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