5 days in Shenandoah National Park, Washington DC & Baltimore Itinerary

5 days in Shenandoah National Park, Washington DC & Baltimore Itinerary

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5 days in Shenandoah National Park, Washington DC & Baltimore Itinerary

Start: New York City
Drive:  7​h
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Shenandoah National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Baltimore
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
End: New York City

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Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park ©
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Shenandoah National Park route planning app .

New York City to Shenandoah National Park is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from New York City in October since evenings lows in Shenandoah National Park dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Washington DC.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trip

A Dream Come True Playground
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Bearfence Mountain ©
Bearfence Mountain
A Dream Come True Playground ©
A Dream Come True Playground

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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 14th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, then see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, and then get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial and then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Washington DC road trip planning app .

You can drive from Shenandoah National Park to Washington DC in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and subway. In October, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 54°F. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Baltimore.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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Baltimore

Baltimore ©
A major center for tourism and travel, Baltimore is famous as the city where amateur poet Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics for the United States' national anthem.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Washington Monument and Mount Vernon Place and then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baltimore Basilica.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Baltimore road trip planning website .

Getting from Washington DC to Baltimore by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Baltimore can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Baltimore

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Breweries & Distilleries
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National Aquarium ©
National Aquarium
Inner Harbor ©
Inner Harbor
Sagamore Spirit Distillery ©
Sagamore Spirit Distillery

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