18 days in New York City, North Carolina & Washington DC Itinerary

18 days in New York City, North Carolina & Washington DC Itinerary

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18 days in New York City, North Carolina & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
Fly + bus:  10​h 45​min
1
New York City
— 8 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h
2
Oak Island
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Wilmington
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Harkers Island
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Washington DC
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  13​h 15​min
End: Dusseldorf

8
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Ponquogue Beach and Belmar Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from New York City: Sandy Hook (Gateway National Recreation & Gunnison Beach) and Jenkinson's Boardwalk (in Point Pleasant Beach). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, wander the streets of Times Square, enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, and appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read New York City trip planner.

Dusseldorf, Germany to New York City is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Dusseldorf to New York City due to the time zone difference. In June, New York City is a bit warmer than Dusseldorf - with highs of 31°C and lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Oak Island.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Sandy Hook, Jenkinson's Boardwalk, Ponquogue Beach, Belmar Beach
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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
Oak Island

Oak Island
Oak Island is a seaside town located mostly on the barrier island of Oak Island (which also contains the town of Caswell Beach), in Brunswick County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): kick back and relax at Oak Island Beaches.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Oak Island route planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from New York City to Oak Island. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Oak Island when traveling from New York City in June, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Oak Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors

1
night
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
On the 19th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Wilmington trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Oak Island to Wilmington by car takes about an hour. In June, daily temperatures in Wilmington can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Harkers Island.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex
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Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex ©

2
nights
Harkers Island

Harkers Island ©
Harkers Island is a census-designated place (CDP) in Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): enjoy the sea views from Cape Lookout Lighthouse. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Cape Lookout National Seashore.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Harkers Island day trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wilmington to Harkers Island. Traveling from Wilmington in June, expect nights in Harkers Island to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 33°C. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Harkers Island

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Cape Lookout National Seashore ©
Cape Lookout National Seashore
Cape Lookout Lighthouse ©
Cape Lookout Lighthouse

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Air and Space Museum and National Gallery of Art. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral, contemplate the waterfront views at Tidal Basin, and get a sense of history and politics at The White House.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Washington DC trip itinerary maker site .

Explore your travel options from Harkers Island to Washington DC with the Route module. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
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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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