12 days in New York City, Washington DC & Virginia Itinerary

12 days in New York City, Washington DC & Virginia Itinerary

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12 days in New York City, Washington DC & Virginia Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
1
New York City
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Leesburg
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Greenwich Village and Frick Collection. Get outdoors at Independence National Historical Park and Bushkill Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New York City: Buckingham Valley Vineyards (in Buckingham), Philadelphia (Philadelphia Museum of Art & Eastern State Penitentiary) and Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum (in Hyde Park). The adventure continues: explore the galleries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, see the interesting displays at New York Public Library, and take a stroll through Washington Square Park.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our New York City online tour planner .

San Francisco to New York City is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Francisco to New York City due to the time zone difference. In December, New York City is slightly colder than San Francisco - with highs of 48°F and lows of 36°F. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Buckingham Valley Vineyards, Bushkill Falls, Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
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3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like National Museum of African American History and Culture and Annapolis Historic District. Do some cultural sightseeing at Old Town and Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to National Museum of the Marine Corps (in Triangle), Great Falls Park (in McLean) and U.S. Naval Academy (in Annapolis). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Georgetown, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, explore the world behind art at The Walters Art Museum, and see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Washington DC attractions planner .

Getting from New York City to Washington DC by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 44°F, while at night they dip to 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Leesburg.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Annapolis, Baltimore, Old Town, Great Falls Park, National Museum of the Marine Corps
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3
nights
Leesburg

Leesburg ©
Leesburg is a historic town within and the county seat of Loudoun County, Virginia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and Appalachian Trail. Appreciate the collections at C&O Canal National Historical Park and George C. Marshall's Dodona Manor. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Leesburg: R.H. Ballard Shop & Gallery (in Washington), Desert Rose Ranch & Winery (in Hume) and Stony Man Mountain Overlook (in Luray). There's much more to do: stroll through Old Rag Mountain Hike, go for a walk through Oatlands Historic House & Garden, admire the masterpieces at Gibson's Photographic Gallery, and examine the collection at Museum of Hounds and Hunting.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Leesburg trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Washington DC to Leesburg takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 42°F in January, and nighttime lows around 26°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Leesburg

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Shenandoah National Park, C&O Canal National Historical Park, Gibson's Photographic Gallery, Desert Rose Ranch & Winery, R.H. Ballard Shop & Gallery
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Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center ©
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Old Rag Mountain Hike ©
Old Rag Mountain Hike
C&O Canal National Historical Park ©

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