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: Colchester
Drive:  8​h 15​min
1
Washington DC
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
New York City
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
End: Colchester

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 some historical perspective at Washington National Cathedral and Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens. Museum-lovers will get to explore National Air and Space Museum and National Gallery of Art. Take a break from Washington DC with a short trip to George Washington's Mount Vernon in Mount Vernon, about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, see the interesting displays at The National Archives Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery, and get a sense of history and politics at The Pentagon.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Washington DC trip planner .

Colchester to Washington DC is an approximately 9-hour car ride. You can also fly. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Colchester in April, with highs in Washington DC at 68°F and lows at 49°F. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery, George Washington's Mount Vernon
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ©

1
night
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 25th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Chapel and then pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our New York City online road trip planner .

Getting from Washington DC to New York City by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. When traveling from Washington DC in April, plan for a bit cooler days in New York City, with highs around 61°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites
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9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
American Museum of Natural History ©
American Museum of Natural History

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