31 days in New York City & Washington DC Itinerary

31 days in New York City & Washington DC Itinerary

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31 days in New York City & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
New York City
— 17 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Washington DC
— 12 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Istanbul

17
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.
Go for a jaunt from New York City to Bronx to see Bronx Zoo about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: go for a walk through Central Park, admire the striking features of Empire State Building, get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History, and enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our New York City trip planner .

Istanbul, Turkey to New York City is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to New York City is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in January, expect nights in New York City to be colder, around -5°C, while days are slightly colder, around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Bronx Zoo
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Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building

12
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'll find plenty of places to visit near Washington DC: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (in Chantilly), Baltimore (National Aquarium & Horseshoe Casino) and George Washington's Mount Vernon (in Mount Vernon). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, take in the spiritual surroundings of Washington National Cathedral, learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and ponder the world of politics at White House.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Washington DC trip itinerary planner.

Fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Baltimore, Arlington, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Peeps and Company, George Washington's Mount Vernon
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National Museum of the Marine Corps ©
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum

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