15 days in Seattle, Washington DC & New York City Itinerary

15 days in Seattle, Washington DC & New York City Itinerary

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Seattle — 7 nights

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Step out of Seattle with an excursion to Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park--about 1h 55 min away. Dedicate the 12th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Chihuly Garden and Glass, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, and see Seattle Art Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Seattle sightseeing planning site.

Cape Town, South Africa to Seattle is an approximately 26-hour flight. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Cape Town to Seattle due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cape Town in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Seattle, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Washington DC.
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Washington DC — 2 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes International Spy Museum as well as The National Archives Museum. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): ponder the world of politics at United States Capitol, see the interesting displays at The National Archives Museum, then see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at National World War II Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, pause for some photo ops at Jefferson Memorial, pause for some photo ops at Lincoln Memorial, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, then appreciate the history behind Washington Monument, and finally ponder the world of politics at White House.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Washington DC vacation builder tool.

Getting from Seattle to Washington DC by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Seattle to Washington DC, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Washington DC: highs are around 32°C and lows about 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to fly to New York City.
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New York City — 2 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, Grand Central Terminal, and other attractions you added. Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Central Park, get great views at Top of the Rock, explore the galleries of 9/11 Memorial, and admire the striking features of Rockefeller Center.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our New York City online travel planner.

Getting from Washington DC to New York City by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.
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