11 days in Washington DC, New York City & Boston Itinerary

11 days in Washington DC, New York City & Boston Itinerary

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11 days in Washington DC, New York City & Boston Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  8 h
1
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
New York City
— 5 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h
3
Boston
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
End: Los Angeles

3
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Tidal Basin and National Air and Space Museum. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the resident critters at National Zoological Park, take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Washington DC road trip planning tool .

Los Angeles to Washington DC is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in April: high temperatures in Washington DC hover around 68°F and lows are around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Zoological Park ©
National Zoological Park

5
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.
Attractions like Central Park and The Metropolitan Museum of Art make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History, take in the pleasant sights at The High Line, and get great views at Top of the Rock.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City road trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to New York City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Washington DC in April: highs in New York City hover around 61°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Boston.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©
Statue of Liberty National Monument

2
nights
Boston

Boston ©
Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): admire all the interesting features of Fenway Park, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts, and then look for gifts at Brookline Booksmith. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): have fun and explore at Boston Children's Museum, get curious at Museum of Science, and then admire the natural beauty at Boston Public Garden.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Boston trip itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to Boston in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, Boston is little chillier than New York City - with highs of 56°F and lows of 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Boston

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Brookline Booksmith
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Museum of Fine Arts ©
Museum of Fine Arts
Boston Children's Museum ©
Boston Children's Museum
Museum of Science ©
Museum of Science

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