8 days in Washington DC & New York City Itinerary

8 days in Washington DC & New York City Itinerary

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8 days in Washington DC & New York City Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
1
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
New York City
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Antietam National Battlefield and Gettysburg National Military Park. Get in touch with nature at Old Rag Mountain Hike and Tidal Basin. Explore Washington DC's surroundings by going to Ballenger Creek Linear Trail (in Frederick), Stony Man Mountain Overlook (in Luray) and Appalachian Trail (in Shenandoah National Park). The adventure continues: stroll through Devils Den, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at The Eternal Light Peace Memorial.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Washington DC trip planner .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Washington DC. In October in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Gettysburg, Shenandoah National Park, Ballenger Creek Linear Trail, Antietam National Battlefield, Stony Man Mountain Overlook
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Antietam National Battlefield ©
Antietam National Battlefield
Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park
Old Rag Mountain Hike ©
Old Rag Mountain Hike

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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.
Visit 9/11 Memorial and Hamilton Grange National Memorial for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to East River Waterfront Esplanade and Speed Boats Tours. The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour, stroll through Manhattan Waterfront Greenway, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the New York City online travel planner .

You can fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Ellis Island ©
Ellis Island

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