12 days in Houston & Washington DC Itinerary

12 days in Houston & Washington DC Itinerary

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12 days in Houston & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Houston
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Washington DC
— 6 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Istanbul, Turkey

4
nights
Houston

Houston ©
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
For shopping fun, head to The Strand or Krolczyk Meat Market & Drive-In. Get some historical perspective at Glenwood Cemetery and Teo-Chew Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Houston: Quintana Beach (in Quintana), Copper Shade Tree Gallery (in Round Top) and Weimar (The Weimary & Whistling Duck Winery). It doesn't end there: wander the streets of Chinatown and shop like a local with Memorial City Mall.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Houston online journey planner .

Istanbul, Turkey to Houston is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in May, expect Houston to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Houston

Shopping Wineries Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Weimar, Copper Shade Tree Gallery, Quintana Beach, Krolczyk Meat Market & Drive-In, The Strand
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Whistling Duck Winery ©
Whistling Duck Winery
The Weimary ©
The Weimary

6
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.
Shop till you drop at Fell's Point and A&A Village Treasures. Get some historical perspective at Gettysburg National Military Park and Arlington National Cemetery. Get out of town with these interesting Washington DC side-trips: St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church (in Gettysburg) and Baltimore (Horseshoe Casino & Sagamore Spirit Distillery). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Eastern Market.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Washington DC trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Houston to Washington DC takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Houston to Washington DC, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Houston in May, things will get slightly colder in Washington DC: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Baltimore, Gettysburg, Arlington, Waverly Street Gallery
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery

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