7 days in Arlington & Washington DC Itinerary

7 days in Arlington & Washington DC Itinerary

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7 days in Arlington & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: New Orleans
Fly:  4 h 15 min
1
Arlington
— 3 nights
Drive:  30 min
2
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
End: New Orleans

3
nights
Arlington

Arlington ©
Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county of Arlington blends big city and sprawling suburban environments.
Gettysburg National Military Park and The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Arlington National Cemetery and Little Round Top will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Arlington side-trips: Gettysburg (Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center & Gettysburg National Cemetery), Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (in Chantilly) and National Museum of the Marine Corps (in Triangle). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Old Town, don't miss a visit to John F. Kennedy Grave Site, and pause for some photo ops at Air Force Memorial.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Arlington online vacation builder .

New Orleans to Arlington is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or drive. Traveling from New Orleans to Arlington, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Orleans in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 69°F in Arlington. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Washington DC.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Gettysburg, Old Town, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, National Museum of the Marine Corps
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Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park
Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery

3
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate National Air and Space Museum and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Get some historical perspective at Washington National Cathedral and Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, take an in-depth tour of National Portrait Gallery, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and see the interesting displays at Newseum.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Washington DC trip planner .

Washington DC is just a stone's throw from Arlington. In June in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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