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

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

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

Start: San Francisco
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
1
New York City
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Ocean Grove
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Ventnor City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
North Wildwood
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Beach Haven, Long Beach Island
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: San Francisco

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bronx Zoo and Speed Boats Tours. Your inner history buff will appreciate 9/11 Memorial and Hamilton Grange National Memorial. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Times Square, admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History, and steep yourself in history at Ellis Island.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City journey website .

San Francisco to New York City is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco to New York City, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Ocean Grove.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Bronx Zoo
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©
American Museum of Natural History

1
night
Ocean Grove

Ocean Grove ©
Ocean Grove is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) located within Neptune Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ocean Grove Beach, explore the landscape on two wheels at Edgar Felix Memorial Bikeway, then see the interesting displays at Silverball Pinball Museum, and finally stop by Cheese on Main.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ocean Grove trip maker app .

Getting from New York City to Ocean Grove by car takes about 1.5 hours. May in Ocean Grove sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Ventnor City.

Things to do in Ocean Grove

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Edgar Felix Memorial Bikeway, Silverball Pinball Museum
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Ocean Grove Beach ©
Ocean Grove Beach
Silverball Pinball Museum ©
Silverball Pinball Museum
Edgar Felix Memorial Bikeway ©
Edgar Felix Memorial Bikeway

1
night
Ventnor City

Ventnor City
Ventnor City is a city in Atlantic County, New Jersey, United States. On the 28th (Tue), kick back and relax at Ventnor Pier and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ventnor City Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ventnor City online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Ocean Grove to Ventnor City in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to North Wildwood.

Things to do in Ventnor City

Beaches Parks Outdoors

1
night
North Wildwood

North Wildwood ©
North Wildwood is a city located on the Jersey Shore in Cape May County, New Jersey, United States. Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): kick back and relax at Sunset Beach, then kick back and relax at Stone Harbor Point, and then stroll through North Wildwood Beach.

Plan my day in North Wildwood using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Ventnor City to North Wildwood in an hour. In May, daily temperatures in North Wildwood can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Beach Haven.

Things to do in North Wildwood

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Stone Harbor Point, Sunset Beach
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North Wildwood Beach ©
North Wildwood Beach
Sunset Beach ©
Sunset Beach

2
nights
Beach Haven, Long Beach Island

Beach Haven ©
Beach Haven is a borough in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States, that is located on Long Beach Island (LBI) and borders the Atlantic Ocean. Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): look for gifts at Ron Jon Surf Shop, then kick back and relax at Ship Bottom Beach, and then get outside with Black Pearl Pirate Excursion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Beach Haven trip planner .

Getting from North Wildwood to Beach Haven by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in May, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Beach Haven

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Ship Bottom, Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park ©
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
Ron Jon Surf Shop ©
Ron Jon Surf Shop

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at National Air and Space Museum and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Tidal Basin and National Zoological Park. When in Washington DC, make a side trip to see Hidden Oaks Nature Center in Annandale, approximately 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, appreciate the extensive heritage of Tomb of the Unknowns, see the interesting displays at The National Archives Museum, and appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Washington DC driving holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Beach Haven to Washington DC with the Route module. Traveling from Beach Haven in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Washington DC, with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Hidden Oaks Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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