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
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
New York City
— 2 nights
End: New York City

5
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at National Air and Space Museum and Washington National Cathedral. Let the collections at National Gallery of Art and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Antietam National Battlefield (in Sharpsburg) and Gettysburg (Gettysburg National Cemetery, Gettysburg National Military Park, & more). The adventure continues: learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, appreciate the extensive heritage of National Mall, contemplate the long history of Florida House, and gain insight at Georgetown University.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Washington DC route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Washington DC. In December in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 51°F during the day and 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Gettysburg, Arlington, Antietam National Battlefield
Highlights from your plan
Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): see the interesting displays at New York Public Library and then appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial. On your second day here, get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History and then explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read New York City attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to New York City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in New York City, with lows of 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
American Museum of Natural History ©

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