21 days in Washington DC & Pennsylvania Dutch Country Itinerary

21 days in Washington DC & Pennsylvania Dutch Country Itinerary

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Washington DC
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Lancaster
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Washington DC — 12 nights

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore National Air and Space Museum and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Shop till you drop at Eastern Market and Shenandoah Valley Artworks. Get out of town with these interesting Washington DC side-trips: A. Smith Bowman Distillery (in Fredericksburg), Baltimore (Loring Cornish Gallery, The Walters Art Museum, &more) and Gari Melchers Home and Studio (in Falmouth). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, ponder the world of politics at United States Capitol, examine the collection at The National Archives Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Washington DC trip planner.

Belleville to Washington DC is an approximately 13-hour car ride. Traveling from Belleville to Washington DC, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Belleville in December: high temperatures in Washington DC hover around 51°F and lows are around 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Lancaster.
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Lancaster — 8 nights

Red Rose City

The heart of Pennsylvania's famous "Dutch Country," Lancaster is one of the nation's oldest inland cities, founded in 1730.
Shop till you drop at Purple Robin Reserve and Lancaster Central Market. Museum-lovers will appreciate Christiane David Gallery and Lititz Historical Foundation. Explore Lancaster's surroundings by going to Markets at Shrewsbury (in Glen Rock), Mount Hope Estate & Winery, home of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire (in Manheim) and Allegro Winery (in Brogue). The adventure continues: savor the flavors at Savor Gettysburg Food Tours, relax in the rural setting at The Amish Farm and House, contemplate the long history of President James Buchanan's Wheatland, and buy something for everyone on your list at Aunt Margaret's Antique Mall.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Lancaster trip planner.

You can fly from Washington DC to Lancaster in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in December; daily highs in Lancaster reach 44°F and lows reach 30°F. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Wed) before leaving for home.
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