13 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

13 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

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13 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
1
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Atlantic City
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
New York City
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at National Museum of the Marine Corps and George Washington's Mount Vernon. Change things up with these side-trips from Washington DC: Manassas National Battlefield Park (in Manassas) and Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (in St. Michaels). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Old Town, view the masterpieces at Torpedo Factory Art Center, examine the collection at Carlyle House, and take in the dramatic scenery at Potomac River.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Washington DC trip planning website .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Atlantic City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Alexandria, Manassas National Battlefield Park, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, National Museum of the Marine Corps, George Washington's Mount Vernon
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of the Marine Corps ©
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum ©
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
George Washington's Mount Vernon ©
George Washington's Mount Vernon

3
nights
Atlantic City

Atlantic City ©
The gambling capital of the east coast, Atlantic City is best known for its numerous casinos, colorful boardwalk, and beach.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cape May Lighthouse and Atlantic City Boardwalk. Get out of town with these interesting Atlantic City side-trips: Cape May City Beaches (in Cape May) and Wildwood (Wildwood Boardwalk, Wildwood Beach, & more). There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at Donna Elias' Bayside Gallery & Coastal Gifts, try your luck at Caesars Atlantic City Casino, and buy something for everyone on your list at The Quarter at Tropicana.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Atlantic City travel route planner .

Drive from Washington DC to Atlantic City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Washington DC in May, Atlantic City is little chillier at night with lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to New York City.

Things to do in Atlantic City

Outdoors Casinos Beaches

Side Trips

Wildwood, Cape May
Highlights from your plan
Cape May City Beaches ©
Cape May City Beaches
Cape May Lighthouse ©
Cape May Lighthouse

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rockaways and Silverball Pinball Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New York City: Fonthill Castle (in Doylestown), Princeton (Princeton University Art Museum & Trinity Church) and Washington Crossing Historic Park (in Washington Crossing). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, pause for some photo ops at Alexander Hamilton Statue, admire the masterpieces at Brooklyn Museum, and walk around Prospect Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read New York City driving holiday planning website .

You can drive from Atlantic City to New York City in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus, tram, and train. In June in New York City, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Brooklyn, Princeton, Washington Crossing Historic Park, Fonthill Castle, Silverball Pinball Museum
Highlights from your plan
Brooklyn Botanic Garden ©
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Washington Crossing Historic Park ©
Washington Crossing Historic Park
Princeton University Art Museum ©
Princeton University Art Museum

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