21 days in New York City, Washington DC & San Francisco Itinerary

21 days in New York City, Washington DC & San Francisco Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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New York City
— 13 nights
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Washington DC
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 4 nights

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New York City

— 13 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.
Appreciate the collections at 9/11 Memorial and Frick Collection. Head to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets and SoHofor plenty of shopping. Explore New York City's surroundings by going to Hartsdale Pet Cemetery (in Hartsdale), Square House Museum (in Rye) and Philadelphia (Eastern State Penitentiary & Philadelphia Museum of Art). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, make a trip to Ellis Island, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Brooklyn Heights Promenade.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the New York City trip website.

If you are flying in from New Zealand, the closest major aiports are La Guardia Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and John F Kennedy International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trips

Washington DC

— 3 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.
Let the collections at National Museum of African American History and Culture and National Air and Space Museum capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and National Portrait Gallery. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, explore the world behind art at Renwick Gallery, and explore the galleries of Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Washington DC road trip planning site.

Getting from New York City to Washington DC by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Walt Disney Family Museum and Cable Car Museum. There's lots more to do: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, enjoy the sea views from Fort Point, and admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Washington DC to San Francisco in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of subway and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. October in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries