9 days in New York City & Washington DC Itinerary

9 days in New York City & Washington DC Itinerary

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9 days in New York City & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: Elkhart
Drive:  10​h 45​min
1
New York City
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Washington DC
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
End: Elkhart

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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial, explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our New York City online journey planner .

South Bend to New York City is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from South Bend in December; daily highs in New York City reach 48°F and lows reach 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

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.
Take a break from Washington DC with a short trip to Clue IQ: An Escape Room Experience in Frederick, about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, get a sense of history and politics at United States Capitol, and pause for some photo ops at Washington Monument.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Washington DC route tool .

Traveling by flight from New York City to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 51°F in December, and nighttime lows around 37°F. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Clue IQ: An Escape Room Experience
Highlights from your plan
Clue IQ: An Escape Room Experience ©
Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum

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