13 days in Atlanta, Washington DC & New York City Itinerary

13 days in Atlanta, Washington DC & New York City Itinerary

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13 days in Atlanta, Washington DC & New York City Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Atlanta
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Washington DC
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

4
nights
Atlanta

Atlanta ©
Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Center for Civil and Human Rights and Booth Western Art Museum. Do your shopping at HomeGrown Decatur and Buford Highway Farmers Market. Get out of town with these interesting Atlanta side-trips: Monastery of the Holy Spirit (in Conyers), Anna Ruby Falls (in Helen) and Stone Mountain Park (in Stone Mountain). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at World of Coca-Cola, steep yourself in history at Centennial Olympic Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ebenezer Baptist Church of Atlanta.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Atlanta road trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Atlanta is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Atlanta due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, you will find days in Atlanta are much colder (17°C), and nights are little chillier (6°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Atlanta

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Booth Western Art Museum, Buford Highway Farmers Market, Stone Mountain Park, Monastery of the Holy Spirit, HomeGrown Decatur
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Center for Civil and Human Rights ©
Center for Civil and Human Rights
Booth Western Art Museum
Booth Western Art Museum
Monastery of the Holy Spirit ©
Monastery of the Holy Spirit

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.
Let the collections at National Gallery of Art and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Antietam National Battlefield and Washington National Cathedral. There's much more to do: examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Arlington National Cemetery, and learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Washington DC holiday planner .

Getting from Atlanta to Washington DC by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Atlanta in December, with highs in Washington DC at 12°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Arlington National Cemetery, Antietam National Battlefield
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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

3
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 explore and learn at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Visiting Manhattan Waterfront Greenway and Alley Pond Environmental Center will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: make a trip to Statue of Liberty National Monument, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Brooklyn Tabernacle, explore the world behind art at The Studio Museum in Harlem, and stop by Nat Sherman, Inc..

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the New York City trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to New York City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. December in New York City sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Trails

Side Trips

Brooklyn Tabernacle, Alley Pond Environmental Center
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The Museum of Modern Art
The Museum of Modern Art
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum ©
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

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