17 days in New York City & Washington DC Itinerary

17 days in New York City & Washington DC Itinerary

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17 days in New York City & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
New York City
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Washington DC
— 10 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Seattle

New York City

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Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
The Met Cloisters and St. Paul's Chapel will appeal to history buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Speed Boats Tours and Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at New York Public Library, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, take a stroll through Washington Square Park, and shop like a local with SoHo.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read New York City road trip planning app .

Seattle to New York City is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Seattle to New York City. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Seattle in September; daily highs in New York City reach 80°F and lows reach 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Washington DC.

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Ground Zero Museum Workshop
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The Met Cloisters
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Frick Collection

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.
Appreciate the collections at Smithsonian American Art Museum and Newseum. For shopping fun, head to Penn Quarter or Georgetown Flea Market. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Georgetown, get to know the fascinating history of Capitol Hill, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Washington DC day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from New York City to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

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