12 days in New York City, Washington DC & Niagara Falls Itinerary

12 days in New York City, Washington DC & Niagara Falls Itinerary

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12 days in New York City, Washington DC & Niagara Falls Itinerary

Start: New York City
1
New York City
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
3
Niagara Falls
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: New York City

6
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Ellis Island. Escape the urban bustle at Bronx Zoo and Hamilton Grange National Memorial. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Times Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, see the interesting displays at New York Public Library, and stroll through East River Waterfront Esplanade.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our New York City route planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to New York City. In March in New York City, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bronx Zoo
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©
American Museum of Natural History

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at National Zoological Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Washington National Cathedral, then explore the activities along Tidal Basin, then see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of National Portrait Gallery.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Washington DC vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from New York City in March, expect nights in Washington DC to be about the same, around 37°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Arlington National Cemetery
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Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
Washington National Cathedral ©
Washington National Cathedral

2
nights
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): deepen your knowledge of military history at Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of Victory Basilica, then steep yourself in history at Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex, and finally admire the sheer force of Niagara Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Niagara Falls Observation Tower, explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds, and then try your luck at Seneca Niagara Casino.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Niagara Falls route planning tool .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Washington DC to Niagara Falls in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC in March, expect Niagara Falls to be a bit cooler, temps between 39°F and 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Nature Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Buffalo, Our Lady of Victory Basilica
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Our Lady of Victory Basilica ©
Our Lady of Victory Basilica
Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls

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