11 days in Washington DC & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

11 days in Washington DC & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

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11 days in Washington DC & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  7​h
1
Washington DC
— 7 nights
Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

7
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.
Get in touch with nature at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and Elms Beach Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Calvert Marine Museum and Drum Point Lighthouse and Chatham Manor. Change things up with these side-trips from Washington DC: North Anna Battlefield Park (in Ashland), Ashland Berry Farm (in Beaverdam) and Menokin (in Warsaw). Spend the 14th (Fri) exploring nature at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. There's much more to do: witness the site of a historic battle at Manassas National Battlefield Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral, walk around Meadow Event Park, and steep yourself in history at Mary Washington House.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Washington DC online sightseeing planner .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Washington DC. In June, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Washington DC

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Fredericksburg, Menokin, Meadow Event Park, Calvert Marine Museum and Drum Point Lighthouse, Manassas National Battlefield Park
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2
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of S Rim Trail, then get to know the fascinating history of Uncle Tom's Trail, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Sulphur Caldron, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Lehardy's Rapids. On your second day here, take in the natural beauty of Castle Geyser, take in the natural beauty of Midway Geyser Basin, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gibbon Falls, then take in the dramatic natural features at Artists’ Paintpots, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lake Butte Overlook.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park trip maker tool .

Getting from Washington DC to Yellowstone National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, shuttle, and car; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC to Yellowstone National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, Yellowstone National Park is colder than Washington DC - with highs of 66°F and lows of 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Uncle Tom's Trail ©
Uncle Tom's Trail
Midway Geyser Basin ©
Midway Geyser Basin
West Thumb Geyser Basin ©
West Thumb Geyser Basin

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