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

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

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

Start: New York City
1
New York City
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h
2
Boston
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Washington DC
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: New York City

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.
Let the collections at The Met Cloisters and Ground Zero Museum Workshop capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Ellis Island. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial, race across the water with a speed boat tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and explore the world behind art at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our New York City trip planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to New York City. In August, daytime highs in New York City are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Boston.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Met Cloisters ©
The Met Cloisters
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

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Boston

Boston ©
Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old North Church & Historic Site and Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Museum of Fine Arts and John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library. There's much more to do: wander the streets of North End, get engrossed in the history at USS Constitution Museum, appreciate the history behind New England Holocaust Memorial, and ponder the world of politics at Old State House.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Boston trip builder app .

Getting from New York City to Boston by combination of bus and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from New York City in August since evenings lows in Boston dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Boston

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Old North Church & Historic Site ©
Old North Church & Historic Site
Museum of Fine Arts ©
Museum of Fine Arts
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum ©
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and National Mall. Let the collections at National Museum of African American History and Culture and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, get engrossed in the history at Smithsonian American Art Museum, step into the grandiose world of Smithsonian Institution Building, and appreciate the history behind Korean War Veterans Memorial.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Washington DC day trip planner .

You can fly from Boston to Washington DC in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Boston in August, with highs in Washington DC at 87°F and lows at 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

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