7 days in New York City & Washington DC Itinerary

7 days in New York City & Washington DC Itinerary

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7 days in New York City & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + bus:  6​h 45​min
1
New York City
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Houston

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial. For shopping fun, head to Fifth Avenue or Drama Book Shop. Change things up with a short trip to Ponquogue Beach in Hampton Bays (about 1h 55 min away). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History, get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Girlfriend NYC, explore the world behind art at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and wander the streets of Times Square.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City trip builder website .

Houston to New York City is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Houston to New York City due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Houston in May: high temperatures in New York City hover around 69°F and lows are around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Ponquogue Beach
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 ©
American Museum of Natural History

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, and then get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Newseum, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, then pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and finally pause for some photo ops at Korean War Veterans Memorial.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Washington DC vacation builder tool .

Fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from New York City in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Washington DC: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums
Highlights from your plan
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ©
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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