12 days in New York City & Washington DC Itinerary

12 days in New York City & Washington DC Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: New York City
1
New York City
— 7 nights
Fly + Subway:  3 h 15 min
2
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Subway + Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
New York City
— 2 nights
End: New York City

7
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.
Get in touch with nature at Speed Boats Tours and Ponquogue Beach. You'll explore and learn at 9/11 Memorial and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Change things up with these side-trips from New York City: Bronx Zoo (in Bronx), Catskill Park (in Sundown) and Valley Cottage (Hook Mountain State Park & Rockland Lake State Park). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Fifth Avenue, go for a walk through Central Park, examine the collection at New York Public Library, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our New York City online day trip planner.

If you are flying in from India, the closest major aiports are La Guardia Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and John F Kennedy International Airport. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Valley Cottage, Ponquogue Beach, Bronx Zoo, Roslyn Pond Park, Teatown Lake Reservation
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Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Washington National Cathedral, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at National Zoological Park, then stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum and then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art.

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You can do a combination of flight and subway from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from New York City in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Washington DC, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Arlington
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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

2
nights
New York City

New York City ©
On the 2nd (Sun), take a stroll through Wall Street, then hit all the best shops with Shopping Girlfriend NYC, then explore the world behind art at Frick Collection, and finally admire the masterpieces at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. On the next day, examine the collection at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Met Cloisters, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine.

Before you visit New York City, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Do a combination of subway and flight from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Washington DC in June, plan for slightly colder days in New York City, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Frick Collection ©
Frick Collection
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum ©
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum ©
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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