7 days in Washington DC & New York City Itinerary

7 days in Washington DC & New York City Itinerary

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7 days in Washington DC & New York City Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
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Washington DC
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
New York City
— 4 nights
End: New York City

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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.
Appreciate the collections at National Gallery of Art and National Air and Space Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Arlington National Cemetery. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Washington National Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, contemplate the long history of Georgetown University, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Tomb of the Unknowns.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Washington DC online road trip planner .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Washington DC. Expect a daytime high around 51°F in December, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

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Arlington
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Tomb of the Unknowns ©
Tomb of the Unknowns
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate 9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History. The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, examine the collection at New York Public Library, explore the world behind art at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and take a stroll through Times Square.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to New York City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. December in New York City sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 36°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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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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