16 days in Washington DC & New York City Itinerary

16 days in Washington DC & New York City Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States sightseeing planner

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Washington DC
— 2 nights
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New York City
— 13 nights
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Washington DC

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Smithsonian Institution Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of African Art, get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, then stroll around Meadowlark Botanical Garden, and finally test your team's savvy at Escape Room Herndon. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, trek along U.S. National Arboretum, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, get engrossed in the history at Smithsonian American Art Museum, then explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Alexandria's Christ Church.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Washington DC trip maker.

Houston to Washington DC is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Houston in December, things will get little chillier in Washington DC: highs are around 51°F and lows about 37°F. On the 22nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

New York City

— 13 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New York City: Mine Hill Preserve (in Roxbury), Hyde Park (Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site & Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt) and The Raptor Trust Center (in Millington). And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront activity at Sailors Haven Visitor Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakota Wolf Preserve, enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, and settle in for a delightful tour with a horse-drawn carriage tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City online journey builder.

Traveling by train from Washington DC to New York City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in December, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips