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
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
New York City
— 2 nights
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.
Do your shopping at Fifth Avenue and Kee's Chocolates. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Get out of town with these interesting New York City side-trips: Valley Cottage (Hook Mountain State Park & Rockland Lake State Park), Catskill Park (in Sundown) and Bronx Zoo (in Bronx). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Times Square, look for all kinds of wild species at Teatown Lake Reservation, take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, and contemplate the long history of Ellis Island.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the New York City road trip planning website .

If you are flying in from India, the closest major airports are La Guardia Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and John F Kennedy International Airport. In May, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Valley Cottage, Teatown Lake Reservation, Bronx Zoo, Catskill Park, Alley Pond Environmental Center
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Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Washington National Cathedral, meet the residents at National Zoological Park, then steep yourself in history at Arlington National Cemetery, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Tomb of the Unknowns. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum and then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Washington DC day trip app .

Traveling by flight from New York City to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from New York City in May: highs in Washington DC hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Arlington
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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

2
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New York City

New York City ©
On the 2nd (Sun), wander the streets of Wall Street, get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Girlfriend NYC, then admire the masterpieces at Frick Collection, and finally explore the galleries of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Met Cloisters, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our New York City trip itinerary website .

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 June, plan for little chillier days in New York City, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Frick Collection ©
Frick Collection
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum ©
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

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