11 days in Washington DC & Arlington Itinerary

11 days in Washington DC & Arlington Itinerary

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11 days in Washington DC & Arlington Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
1
Washington DC
— 7 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Arlington
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
End: Washington DC

7
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.
You've added Jefferson Memorial, National Mall, Newseum, and other attractions to your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Antietam National Battlefield and Gettysburg National Military Park. Take a break from the city and head to Skyline Drive and Tidal Basin. Explore Washington DC's surroundings by going to Dobbin House Tavern (in Gettysburg), Loch Raven Reservoir (in Phoenix) and Copper Fox Distillery (in Sperryville). And it doesn't end there: try to win big at Horseshoe Casino, admire the striking features of Washington National Cathedral, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sagamore Spirit Distillery.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Washington DC trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Washington DC. In October, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Arlington.

Things to do in Washington DC

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Harpers Ferry, Baltimore, Gettysburg, Old Town, James Madison's Montpelier
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Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

3
nights
Arlington

Arlington ©
Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county of Arlington blends big city and sprawling suburban environments.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Arlington National Cemetery. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): examine the collection at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, make a trip to John F. Kennedy Grave Site, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Arlington National Cemetery, and finally wander the streets of Old Town. Keep things going the next day: trek along Appalachian Trail, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and then take in the exciting artwork at Torpedo Factory Art Center.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Arlington online trip itinerary planner .

Arlington is very close to Washington DC. In October, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 54°F. On the 21st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

Alexandria, Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Appalachian Trail, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
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Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center ©
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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