11 days in Saint Louis, Lexington & Washington DC Itinerary

11 days in Saint Louis, Lexington & Washington DC Itinerary

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Washington DC
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Saint Louis — 2 nights

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C. in the number of free activities available by spending your holiday exploring the city's central neighborhoods, famous for their restored century-old red-brick buildings.
Saint Louis is known for sightseeing, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at The Gateway Arch, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, meet the residents at Saint Louis Zoo, and admire the natural beauty at Missouri Botanical Garden.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint Louis trip planner.

Queenstown, New Zealand to Saint Louis is an approximately 23-hour flight. Traveling from Queenstown to Saint Louis, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. In September in Saint Louis, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Lexington.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Lexington — 2 nights

Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): experience rural life at Mill Ridge Farm, then take an in-depth tour of Mary Todd Lincoln House, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at James E. Pepper Distillery. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: sample the fine beverages at Castle & Key Distillery, relax in the rural setting at Sun Valley Farm, and then get a dose of the wild on Unique Horse Farm Tours.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Lexington holiday planner.

Getting from Saint Louis to Lexington by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, daily temperatures in Lexington can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Washington DC.
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Washington DC — 4 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.
Washington DC is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, get a sense of history and politics at White House, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Washington DC trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Lexington to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lexington in September, Washington DC is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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