7 days in Washington DC, Virginia Beach & New York City Itinerary

7 days in Washington DC, Virginia Beach & New York City Itinerary

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7 days in Washington DC, Virginia Beach & New York City Itinerary

Start: Helen
Drive + Fly:  7​h
1
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Virginia Beach
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
New York City
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  8​h
End: Helen

2
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.
On the 1st (Tue), see the interesting displays at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, then examine the collection at Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and finally enjoy some music at Ford's Theatre. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, then get to know the fascinating history of Tomb of the Unknowns, then stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, and finally examine the collection at The National Archives Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Washington DC travel planner.

Helen to Washington DC is an approximately 7-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Helen in August since evenings lows in Washington DC dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife

Side Trip

Arlington
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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

1
night
Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach ©
Holding a record for the longest pleasure beach in the world, Virginia Beach showcases 35 miles of coastline and maintains a longstanding reputation as a family-friendly vacation destination.
On the 3rd (Thu), kick back and relax at Sandbridge Beach and then stroll through Virginia Beach.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Virginia Beach online itinerary creator.

Getting from Washington DC to Virginia Beach by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In August in Virginia Beach, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to New York City.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Virginia Beach ©
Virginia Beach
Sandbridge Beach ©
Sandbridge Beach

3
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.
St. Patrick's Cathedral and Gateway National Recreation will appeal to history buffs. You'll get in some beach time at Long Beach and Gunnison Beach. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, make a trip to 9/11 Memorial, shop like a local with Shop Gotham NYC Shopping Tours, and get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the New York City vacation builder.

Traveling by flight from Virginia Beach to New York City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in New York City are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Sandy Hook, Long Beach
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Times Square ©
Times Square

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