19 days in East Coast of USA & Iowa Itinerary

19 days in East Coast of USA & Iowa Itinerary

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19 days in East Coast of USA & Iowa Itinerary

Start: New York City
1
New York City
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Washington DC
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Orlando
— 6 nights
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  6​h
4
Des Moines
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 15​min
End: New York City

6
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.
Visiting Bronx Zoo and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, take some stellar pictures from Top of the Rock Observation Deck, admire the striking features of Rockefeller Center, and browse the exhibits of 9/11 Memorial.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City trip planner .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to New York City. In September, daytime highs in New York City are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

#Parks, #Museums, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Bronx Zoo
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Bronx Zoo ©
Bronx Zoo
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir ©

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Old Rag Mountain Hike and Tidal Basin. There's much more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at National Zoological Park, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, and get a sense of history and politics at The White House.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Washington DC trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from New York City to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in September, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Washington DC

#Museums, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Old Rag Mountain Hike
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Old Rag Mountain Hike ©
Old Rag Mountain Hike
Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin
National Zoological Park ©
National Zoological Park

6
nights
Orlando

Orlando ©
For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
Pack the 5th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Walt Disney World Resort. Have a day of magic on the 7th (Sun) at Magic Kingdom Park. There's lots more to do: discover the magic at Disney's Animal Kingdom, make a splash at Discovery Cove, find something for the whole family at Universal's Islands of Adventure, and try out the rides at Happily Ever After Fireworks.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Orlando travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Orlando takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Washington DC in October, expect Orlando to be a bit warmer, temps between 85°F and 68°F. On the 10th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Orlando

#Theme Parks, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
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Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure
Disney's Animal Kingdom ©
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort

2
nights
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. On the 11th (Thu), explore the landscape on two wheels at High Trestle Trail and then explore and take pictures at Iowa State Fairgrounds. On your second day here, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Blank Park Zoo and then hunt for treasures at Farmers Market.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Des Moines trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight from Orlando to Des Moines in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Orlando to Des Moines due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Orlando in October: highs in Des Moines hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Des Moines

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trip

High Trestle Trail
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Blank Park Zoo ©
Blank Park Zoo
Iowa State Fairgrounds ©
Iowa State Fairgrounds
Downtown Farmers Market ©
Downtown Farmers Market

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