22 days in Washington DC & New York City Itinerary

22 days in Washington DC & New York City Itinerary

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22 days in Washington DC & New York City Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  22​h
1
Washington DC
— 7 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
New York City
— 12 nights
bus + Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Brisbane

7
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Antietam National Battlefield and Old Rag Mountain Hike. Get some historical perspective at Gettysburg National Military Park and Washington National Cathedral. Go for a jaunt from Washington DC to Baltimore to see Horseshoe Casino about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, and get engrossed in the history at Newseum.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Washington DC trip planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Washington DC is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and subway. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Eastern Standard Time is minus 15 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Brisbane in September, with highs in Washington DC at 32°C and lows at 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Arlington, Old Rag Mountain Hike, Gettysburg National Military Park, Antietam National Battlefield, Horseshoe Casino
Highlights from your plan
Antietam National Battlefield ©
Antietam National Battlefield
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

12
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Step out of the city life by going to Bronx Zoo and Hudson River Greenway. Change things up with these side-trips from New York City: Rockaway Beach (in Far Rockaway), Wilton (Weir Farm National Historic Site & Norwalk River Valley Trail) and Joel L. Lefkowitz Park at West Meadow Beach (in Stony Brook). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to 9/11 Memorial, take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, admire all the interesting features of Central Park, and appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the New York City driving holiday tool .

You can fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Wilton, Appalachian Trail - Pochuck Boardwalk, Great Neck Steppingstone Park, Rockaway Beach, Bronx Zoo
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©

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