12 days in Washington DC & New York City Itinerary

12 days in Washington DC & New York City Itinerary

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12 days in Washington DC & New York City Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Washington DC
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
New York City
— 6 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Tokyo

4
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 some historical perspective at Antietam National Battlefield and Audubon Naturalist Society Woodend Sanctuary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Gallery of Art and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Washington DC: Mount Vernon Trail (in Arlington) and Old Rag Mountain Hike (in Shenandoah National Park). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Tidal Basin, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Washington DC day trip tool .

Tokyo, Japan to Washington DC is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and subway. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 14 hours traveling from Tokyo to Washington DC due to the time zone difference. December in Washington DC sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mount Vernon Trail, Audubon Naturalist Society Woodend Sanctuary, Antietam National Battlefield, Old Rag Mountain Hike
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Antietam National Battlefield ©
Antietam National Battlefield
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

6
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.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial will appeal to museum buffs. Visit Hamilton Grange National Memorial and New York City Hall for their historical value. Take a break from New York City with a short trip to Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Oceanville, about 1h 55 min away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Times Square, go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour, take a stroll through Fifth Avenue, and enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the New York City day trip planner .

You can fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Ellis Island ©
Ellis Island

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