11 days in New York City & Washington DC Itinerary

11 days in New York City & Washington DC Itinerary

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11 days in New York City & Washington DC Itinerary

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

7
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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Central Park, take in panoramic vistas at Top of the Rock, go for a walk through The High Line, and appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our New York City trip planner .

If you are flying in from New Zealand, the closest major airports are La Guardia Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and John F Kennedy International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in January, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): get your bearings at Library of Congress, examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, and finally appreciate the history behind Jefferson Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a sense of history and politics at White House, learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and finally appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Washington DC road trip planner.

Getting from New York City to Washington DC by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 0°C. On the 10th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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