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

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

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

Start: Nairobi
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Washington DC
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Ship Bottom, Long Beach Island
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Brigantine
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Cape May
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Vernon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Nairobi

1
night
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.
On the 17th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Arlington National Cemetery, and then learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Newseum, examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, then appreciate the history behind Korean War Veterans Memorial, and finally appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Washington DC online travel planner .

Nairobi, Kenya to Washington DC is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Nairobi to Washington DC. Traveling from Nairobi in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 21°C in Washington DC. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ship Bottom.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Arlington National Cemetery
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ©
Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery

1
night
Ship Bottom, Long Beach Island

Ship Bottom ©
Ship Bottom is a borough in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Ship Bottom Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, then get engrossed in the history at Barnegat Light Museum, and finally look for gifts at Ron Jon Surf Shop.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ship Bottom travel itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Washington DC to Ship Bottom with the Route module. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Washington DC in September since evenings lows in Ship Bottom dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Brigantine.

Things to do in Ship Bottom

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Barnegat Light
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Barnegat Lighthouse State Park ©
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
Barnegat Light Museum ©
Barnegat Light Museum
Ron Jon Surf Shop ©
Ron Jon Surf Shop

1
night
Brigantine

Brigantine ©
Brigantine is an island city in Atlantic County, New Jersey, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): browse the different shops at Historic Smithville and Village Greene, then enjoy the sand and surf at Brigantine Beach, and then pick up some local products at Brigantine Farmers Market.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Brigantine day trip planner.

Getting from Ship Bottom to Brigantine by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cape May.

Things to do in Brigantine

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Historic Smithville
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Brigantine Beach ©
Brigantine Beach
Historic Smithville ©
Historic Smithville

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nights
Cape May

Cape May ©
Cape May represents the other Jersey Shore--the one you don't see on TV--the one with a rich history and a refined, relaxed atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Cape May City Beaches, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape May Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Higbee Beach. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Out of the Past Antiques, then kick back and relax at Stone Harbor Point, then stop by Blue Eden, and finally shop like a local with Ocean Galleries.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cape May trip planner .

Drive from Brigantine to Cape May in an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Vernon.

Things to do in Cape May

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Stone Harbor, Higbee Beach
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Cape May City Beaches ©
Cape May City Beaches
Cape May Lighthouse ©
Cape May Lighthouse
Ocean Galleries ©
Ocean Galleries

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nights
Vernon

Vernon ©
Vernon Township is a township in Sussex County, New Jersey, United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): get some fabulous bargains at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets and then take in the exciting artwork at Golden Fish Gallery. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Millbrook Village historic site, take in the dramatic scenery at Bushkill Falls, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cornelia & Florence Bridge Nature Preserve.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Vernon trip planner .

Getting from Cape May to Vernon by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Cape May in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Vernon, with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Vernon

Shopping Nature Parks

Side Trips

Milford, Bushkill Falls, Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, Millbrook Village historic site
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Woodbury Common Premium Outlets ©
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
Bushkill Falls ©
Bushkill Falls
Millbrook Village historic site ©
Millbrook Village historic site

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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.
Head to Fifth Avenue and Shopping Girlfriend NYCfor plenty of shopping. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and New York Public Library are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial, go for a walk through Central Park, and look for gifts at Tiffany & Co..

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our New York City trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Vernon to New York City in 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Vernon in September since evenings lows in New York City dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Shopping Museums Parks
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
New York Public Library ©
New York Public Library

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