21 days in New York City & Washington DC Itinerary

21 days in New York City & Washington DC Itinerary

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21 days in New York City & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: New York City
1
New York City
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h 30​min
3
New York City
— 14 nights
End: New York City

4
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: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral, browse the exhibits of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and admire the landmark architecture of Rockefeller Center.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our New York City day trip 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. In December, daytime highs in New York City are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

2
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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.
On the 18th (Wed), see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, then ponder the world of politics at Library of Congress, and then pause for some photo ops at Jefferson Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, get a sense of history and politics at United States Capitol, then get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, then appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and finally pause for some photo ops at Lincoln Memorial.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Washington DC visit planning website .

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 12°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites
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New York City

New York City ©
See even more of New York City: admire the landmark architecture of Grand Central Terminal, make a trip to Broadway, steep yourself in history at Ellis Island, and get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the New York City day trip site .

Getting from Washington DC to New York City by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Tours Parks

Side Trip

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
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American Museum of Natural History ©
Grand Central Terminal ©
Grand Central Terminal
The High Line ©
The High Line

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