22 days in Washington DC, New Jersey & New York City Itinerary

22 days in Washington DC, New Jersey & New York City Itinerary

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22 days in Washington DC, New Jersey & New York City Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Washington DC
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Cape May
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Middletown
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Princeton
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
New York City
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Vernon
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: London

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 Antietam National Battlefield. Change things up with these side-trips from Washington DC: Stony Man Mountain Overlook (in Luray), Shenandoah National Park (Limberlost Trail & Appalachian Trail) and R.H. Ballard Shop & Gallery (in Washington). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Tidal Basin, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and hike along C&O Canal Hike at Point of Rocks Boat Ramp.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Washington DC itinerary planning app .

London, UK to Washington DC is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or fly. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. In September, Washington DC is a bit warmer than London - with highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cape May.

Things to do in Washington DC

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Shenandoah National Park, Stony Man Mountain Overlook, C&O Canal Hike at Point of Rocks Boat Ramp, Antietam National Battlefield, R.H. Ballard Shop & Gallery
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Old Rag Mountain Hike ©
Old Rag Mountain Hike
Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin
Stony Man Mountain Overlook ©
Stony Man Mountain Overlook

3
nights
Cape May

Cape May ©
Cape May represents the other Jersey Shore--the one you don't see on TV--the one with a rich history and a refined, relaxed atmosphere.
Visiting Stone Harbor Point and Brigantine Beach will get you outdoors. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Ventnor City Beach and Cape May Point State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape May: Ship Bottom Beach (in Ship Bottom) and Jagielky’s Homemade Chocolates (in Margate City). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at North Wildwood Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cape May trip itinerary site .

Getting from Washington DC to Cape May by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Washington DC, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cape May, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Middletown.

Things to do in Cape May

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Jagielky’s Homemade Chocolates, Ventnor City Beach, Cape May Point State Park, Brigantine Beach, Ship Bottom Beach
Highlights from your plan
Brigantine Beach ©
Brigantine Beach
North Wildwood Beach ©
North Wildwood Beach
Jagielky’s Homemade Chocolates ©
Jagielky’s Homemade Chocolates

2
nights
Middletown

Middletown ©
Middletown Township is a township in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): stroll through Lido West Beach and then kick back and relax at Long Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): grab your bike and head to Henry Hudson Trail, then stroll through Sea Bright Public Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Gunnison Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Middletown itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Cape May to Middletown in 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Princeton.

Things to do in Middletown

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Long Beach, Gunnison Beach, Henry Hudson Trail, Sea Bright Public Beach
Highlights from your plan
Gunnison Beach ©
Gunnison Beach
Henry Hudson Trail ©
Henry Hudson Trail
Long Beach ©
Long Beach

3
nights
Princeton

Princeton ©
Best known as the home of Princeton University, the town of Princeton centers around the Ivy League school and its stone, vine-covered buildings.
We've included these beaches for you: Bay Head Beach and Manasquan Beach. Get outdoors at 8th Ave Jetty and Ocean Grove Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Princeton: Freehold Raceway Mall (in Freehold), Windward Beach Park (in Brick) and The Original Ben Franklin 5 & 10 Store (in Lavallette). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Princeton trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Middletown to Princeton by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to New York City.

Things to do in Princeton

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ocean Grove Beach, Freehold Raceway Mall, Bay Head Beach, Manasquan Beach, Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Bay Head Beach ©
Bay Head Beach
Ocean Grove Beach ©
Ocean Grove Beach

5
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.
Attractions like Central Park and The Metropolitan Museum of Art make great kid-friendly stops. You'll get in some beach time at Joel L. Lefkowitz Park at West Meadow Beach and Great Neck Steppingstone Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New York City: Sasko Beach (in Fairfield) and Gilgo Beach (in Babylon). There's much more to do: stroll through East River Waterfront Esplanade, enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, stop by FAO Schwarz, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City trip planning app .

You can drive from Princeton to New York City in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Princeton in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in New York City, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Vernon.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sasko Beach, Great Neck Steppingstone Park, Joel L. Lefkowitz Park at West Meadow Beach, Gilgo Beach
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
East River Waterfront Esplanade ©
East River Waterfront Esplanade

4
nights
Vernon

Vernon ©
Vernon Township is a township in Sussex County, New Jersey, United States. Head to DM Weil Gallery and Hudson Beach Glassfor plenty of shopping. Escape the urban bustle at Minnewaska State Park Preserve and Dutchess Rail Trail. Step out of Vernon with an excursion to Sam's Point Preserve in Cragsmoor--about 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: trek along Appalachian Trail - Pochuck Boardwalk, indulge your taste buds at Bellvale Market, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Monument Trail.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Vernon travel route planner.

Traveling by car from New York City to Vernon takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from New York City in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Vernon, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Vernon

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Dutchess Rail Trail, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Sam's Point Preserve, Monument Trail, DM Weil Gallery
Highlights from your plan
DM Weil Gallery ©
DM Weil Gallery
Minnewaska State Park Preserve ©
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Dutchess Rail Trail ©
Dutchess Rail Trail

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