12 days in New York City & Washington DC Itinerary

12 days in New York City & Washington DC Itinerary

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12 days in New York City & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: New York City
1
New York City
— 5 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Washington DC
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
3
New York City
— 5 nights
End: New York City

5
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.
Shop till you drop at Fifth Avenue and Chelsea Market. Let the collections at 9/11 Memorial and Ground Zero Museum Workshop capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New York City: Woodbury Common Premium Outlets (in Central Valley), Hyde Park (Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site & Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt) and Philadelphia (Independence National Historical Park, Rodin Museum, & more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Met Cloisters, take a stroll through Dumbo, and go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour.

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If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are La Guardia Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and John F Kennedy International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in November, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Philadelphia, Hyde Park, Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, Dumbo
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt ©
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt

1
night
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.
On the 26th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at National Museum of African American History and Culture, then examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Capitol Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the Marine Corps, then get a sense of history and politics at Smithsonian Institution Building, then explore the world behind art at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Washington DC online trip itinerary maker .

Fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, National Museum of the Marine Corps
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New York City

New York City ©
Step off the beaten path and head to The Met Cloisters and Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fifth Avenue and Frick Collection. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New York City: Stoutridge Vineyard (in Marlboro), Yale University Art Gallery (in New Haven) and Rockland Bakery (in Nanuet). See some other sides of New York City: go for a walk through Central Park, take a memorable tour with Tours, see the interesting displays at Tenement Museum, and make a trip to Empire State Building.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to New York City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yale University Art Gallery, Stoutridge Vineyard, Williamsburg, Bushkill Falls, Rockland Bakery
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Fifth Avenue ©
Fifth Avenue
The Met Cloisters ©
The Met Cloisters

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