18 days in Washington DC & New York City Itinerary

18 days in Washington DC & New York City Itinerary

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18 days in Washington DC & New York City Itinerary

Start: Madison
Fly:  5​h
1
Washington DC
— 9 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
New York City
— 8 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Madison

9
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Gettysburg National Military Park and Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Great Falls Park (in McLean), National Museum of the Marine Corps (in Triangle) and Baltimore (Fort McHenry National Monument & Oriole Park at Camden Yards). On the 4th (Sun), spend a day delving into the history of Antietam National Battlefield. There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, see the interesting displays at Gettysburg Museum of History, get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Washington DC itinerary maker tool .

Madison to Washington DC is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In July, Washington DC is somewhat warmer than Madison - with highs of 89°F and lows of 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Gettysburg, Arlington, Baltimore, Antietam National Battlefield, Annapolis Historic District
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and Speed Boats Tours. Explore New York City's surroundings by going to Hyde Park (Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site & Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt) and Grounds For Sculpture (in Hamilton). There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Central Park, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and go for a walk through The High Line.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our New York City online attractions planner .

You can fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in August, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hyde Park, Brooklyn, Grounds For Sculpture
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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