18 days in Washington DC, Virginia & New York City Itinerary

18 days in Washington DC, Virginia & New York City Itinerary

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18 days in Washington DC, Virginia & New York City Itinerary

Start: Nuremberg
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  12​h 45​min
1
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Shenandoah National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Charlottesville
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Williamsburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Virginia Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Chincoteague Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
New York City
— 2 nights
+3
bus + Fly + bus + train:  12​h 45​min
End: Nuremberg

3
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.
Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center and Gettysburg National Military Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Bring the kids along to Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and National Zoological Park. The adventure continues: examine the collection at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Korean War Veterans Memorial, and stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Washington DC visit planner.

Nuremberg, Germany to Washington DC is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight, bus, and subway. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 6 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nuremberg in August: high temperatures in Washington DC hover around 36°C and lows are around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gettysburg, Arlington National Cemetery
Highlights from your plan

1
night
Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park ©
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Port Republic Museum and then cruise along Skyline Drive.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Shenandoah National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Washington DC to Shenandoah National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of subway, bus, and flight. Traveling from Washington DC in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 21°C in Shenandoah National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Nature Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Port Republic Museum
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Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
Port Republic Museum ©
Port Republic Museum

1
night
Charlottesville

Charlottesville ©
Situated at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville is perhaps best known as the home of three of the United States' founding fathers, including Thomas Jefferson.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, steep yourself in history at Mulberry Row, explore the world behind art at Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, then gain insight at University of Virginia, and finally look for gifts at C'ville Arts.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Charlottesville trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Shenandoah National Park to Charlottesville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Charlottesville can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Monticello ©
Monticello
University of Virginia ©
University of Virginia

3
nights
Williamsburg

Williamsburg ©
Founded in 1632 as a fortified settlement on the high ground between two rivers, Williamsburg served as a colonial capital of Virginia for over 80 years.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Historic Jamestowne and Governor's Palace. Attractions like Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Jamestown Settlement make great kid-friendly stops. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 28th (Wed) at Water Country USA.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Williamsburg trip planner .

Traveling by car from Charlottesville to Williamsburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Williamsburg, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Busch Gardens Williamsburg ©
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Historic Jamestowne ©
Historic Jamestowne
Jamestown Settlement ©
Jamestown Settlement

2
nights
Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach ©
Holding a record for the longest pleasure beach in the world, Virginia Beach showcases 35 miles of coastline and maintains a longstanding reputation as a family-friendly vacation destination.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): let the kids burn off some steam at Grommet Island Park, take in the waterfront at Virginia Beach Boardwalk, then see the interesting displays at Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Virginia Beach. On the next day, explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Virginia, engage your brain at Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, and then stroll through Sandbridge Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Virginia Beach trip tool .

Getting from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Virginia Beach are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Chincoteague Island.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Children's Museum of Virginia
Highlights from your plan
Virginia Beach ©
Virginia Beach
Sandbridge Beach ©
Sandbridge Beach

3
nights
Chincoteague Island

Chincoteague Island ©
Famous for a wild breed of horses--Chincoteague Ponies--Chincoteague Island embraces the mystery of some of North America’s oldest inhabitants.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Get a sense of the local culture at Assateague Lighthouse and Chincoteague Bay Field Station. There's lots more to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, grab your bike and head to Bike Depot, and take in the exciting artwork at Tryfan Gallery.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Chincoteague Island trip planning website .

You can drive from Virginia Beach to Chincoteague Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In August in Chincoteague Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to New York City.

Things to do in Chincoteague Island

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Assateague Lighthouse, Chincoteague Bay Field Station
Highlights from your plan
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge ©
Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
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 American Museum of Natural History. Kids will enjoy Central Park and New York Public Library. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Statue of Liberty National Monument, take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, and take in the pleasant sights at Times Square.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read New York City sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Chincoteague Island to New York City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

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