20 days in New York City, Washington DC & Santa Monica Itinerary

20 days in New York City, Washington DC & Santa Monica Itinerary

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20 days in New York City, Washington DC & Santa Monica Itinerary

Start: New York City
1
New York City
— 6 nights
2
New York City
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Washington DC
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h 15​min
4
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h
End: Auckland

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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, go for a walk through The High Line, admire the striking features of Grand Central Terminal, and explore the world behind art at The Museum of Modern Art.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the New York City trip itinerary planning website .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are La Guardia Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and John F Kennedy International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to New York City.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
Top of the Rock ©
Top of the Rock
The High Line ©
The High Line

6
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes American Museum of Natural History. Go for a jaunt from New York City to Brooklyn to see Coney Island about 30 minutes away. Explore New York City further: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, steep yourself in history at Ellis Island, browse the exhibits of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and admire the natural beauty at Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the New York City road trip planning tool .

You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Brooklyn
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

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.
When in Washington DC, make a side trip to see Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg, approximately 1h 45 min away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Washington National Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and get a sense of history and politics at White House.

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You can fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Gettysburg National Military Park
Highlights from your plan
Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

1
night
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Monica road trip site .

Getting from Washington DC to Santa Monica by combination of flight and bus takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC to Santa Monica, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Washington DC in October, with highs in Santa Monica at 29°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade

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