21 days in Washington DC & New York City Itinerary

21 days in Washington DC & New York City Itinerary

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21 days in Washington DC & New York City Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  27​h
1
Washington DC
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
New York City
— 11 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Adelaide

6
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 a sense of the local culture at National Air and Space Museum and National Gallery of Art. Museum-lovers will appreciate Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and National Portrait Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Washington DC: Gettysburg (Gettysburg National Military Park & Devils Den), Old Rag Mountain Hike (in Shenandoah National Park) and Great Falls Park (in McLean). Spend the 3rd (Thu) exploring nature at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Tidal Basin, take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, get a sense of history and politics at White House, and contemplate the long history of Georgetown University.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Washington DC trip itinerary planner .

Adelaide, Australia to Washington DC is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Adelaide to Washington DC, you'll gain 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Adelaide in December; daily highs in Washington DC reach 12°C and lows reach 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gettysburg, Great Falls Park, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Old Rag Mountain Hike, Audubon Naturalist Society Woodend Sanctuary
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Old Rag Mountain Hike ©
Old Rag Mountain Hike
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

11
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Get some cultural insight at Fifth Avenue and Ellis Island. Venture out of the city with trips to Bronx Zoo (in Bronx) and Anthony's Nose (in Cortlandt Manor). There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Central Park Zoo, admire all the interesting features of Central Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at New York Harbor.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our New York City trip app .

Getting from Washington DC to New York City by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in New York City, with lows of -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Anthony's Nose, Bronx Zoo
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©

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