16 days in Washington DC & Lewes Itinerary

16 days in Washington DC & Lewes Itinerary

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16 days in Washington DC & Lewes Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  7​h 45​min
1
Washington DC
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Lewes
— 6 nights
+2
bus + subway + Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

8
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.
You'll explore and learn at National Air and Space Museum and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gettysburg National Military Park and National Gallery of Art. Explore Washington DC's surroundings by going to Gettysburg (Gettysburg National Cemetery & Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides), Horseshoe Casino (in Baltimore) and Loch Raven Reservoir (in Phoenix). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, identify plant and animal life at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, contemplate the long history of Old Town, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Arlington National Cemetery.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Washington DC online trip itinerary planner .

San Francisco to Washington DC is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Francisco to Washington DC. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in June, with highs in Washington DC at 86°F and lows at 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Lewes.

Things to do in Washington DC

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gettysburg, Arlington, Audubon Naturalist Society Woodend Sanctuary, Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Horseshoe Casino
Highlights from your plan
Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

6
nights
Lewes

Lewes ©
Lewes is an incorporated city on the Delaware Bay in eastern Sussex County, Delaware. Visit Old Christ Church, Laurel and Hereford Inlet Lighthouse for their historical value. Air Mobility Command Museum and John Dickinson Plantation are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lewes: Lucy the Elephant (in Margate City), Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (in Cambridge) and The Wetlands Institute (in Stone Harbor). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Cape May Bird Observatory, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fort Miles Historic Area at Cape Henlopen State Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Lewes Beach, and stroll through Sunset Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to Lewes, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Washington DC to Lewes in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Washington DC in June since evenings lows in Lewes dip to 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lewes

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Dover, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Old Christ Church, Laurel, The Wetlands Institute
Highlights from your plan
Cape Henlopen State Park ©
Cape Henlopen State Park
Air Mobility Command Museum ©
Air Mobility Command Museum
Cape May Bird Observatory ©
Cape May Bird Observatory

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