11 days in New York State, New Jersey & Washington DC Itinerary

11 days in New York State, New Jersey & Washington DC Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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New York City
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hyde Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Cape May
— 1 night
Drive
4
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly
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Niagara Falls
— 1 night
Drive to Buffalo Niagara International Airport, Fly to Paphos

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New York City

— 3 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial. Let the collections at New York Public Library and American Museum of Natural History capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, take in the pleasant sights at Times Square, take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, and walk around Central Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the New York City route maker website.

Paphos, Cyprus to New York City is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 7 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Paphos in October, with highs in New York City at 24°C and lows at 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hyde Park.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Hyde Park

— 1 night
Hyde Park is a town in Dutchess County, New York, bordering the Hudson River north of Poughkeepsie. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): get advice or help at Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, contemplate the long history of Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, then snap pictures at Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, and finally stroll through Black Creek Preserve.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Hyde Park tour planner.

Drive from New York City to Hyde Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from New York City in October since evenings lows in Hyde Park dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Cape May.

Things to do in Hyde Park

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape May

— 1 night

The Nation's Oldest Seashore Resort

Cape May represents the other Jersey Shore--the one you don't see on TV--the one with a rich history and a refined, relaxed atmosphere.
On the 19th (Mon), kick back and relax at Cape May City Beaches, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape May Lighthouse, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at South Cape May Meadows.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cape May road trip planning website.

Drive from Hyde Park to Cape May in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hyde Park in October, Cape May is a bit warmer at night with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Washington DC.

Things to do in Cape May

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Washington DC

— 3 nights
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Arlington National Cemetery and George Washington's Mount Vernon. 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. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of African American History and Culture, steep yourself in history at Old Town, and tour the pleasant surroundings at National Mall.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Washington DC trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cape May to Washington DC in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Niagara Falls

— 1 night

Honeymoon Capital of the World

The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S. half of the famous waterfall that straddles the border between Canada and the United States.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): stop by Three Sisters Trading Post, take in panoramic vistas at Niagara Falls Observation Tower, then get a new perspective on things with Maid of the Mist, then Head underground at Cave of the Winds, and finally stroll the grounds of Oakwood Cemetery Heritage Foundation.

Make your Niagara Falls itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Niagara Falls takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Washington DC in October: high temperatures in Niagara Falls hover around 20°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

New York State travel guide

4.5
Scenic Walking Areas · Observation Decks · Monuments
The Empire State
Home to the country's most populous city, the state of New York is a major gateway for immigration into the United States, but also one of the nation's prime holiday destinations. Take a trip down the state's numerous wilderness trails and scenic roads to visit quaint small towns, sandy beaches, historical estates, and artist colonies. Though the majority of visitors head for the big-city restaurants, theaters, and museums, you can venture deeper into the rugged and remote mountain areas to discover a world of picturesque forests, rivers, mountains, and lakes. New York also boasts the nation's largest forest preserve, encompassing much of the northeastern lobe of the state.

New Jersey travel guide

3.9
Casinos · Shopping Malls · Beaches
The Garden State
Often overshadowed by its legendary neighbor, New York, New Jersey holds its own as a land of thriving industrial cities, sprawling farmland, and lively coastal towns. Called the Garden State, New Jersey is a hub of entertainment and cultural attractions for the east coast, from the famous sandy beaches and carnival-like atmosphere of the Jersey Shore to alluring Atlantic City, the Las Vegas of the east. New Jersey also boasts a wealth of historical places to visit, including battle sites and memorials, such as George Washington's Revolutionary War headquarters.