7 days in Scotland, New York City & Washington Itinerary

7 days in Scotland, New York City & Washington Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Fly
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New York City, United States
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Washington, United States
— 1 night
Drive to Pittsburgh International Airport, Fly to London

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom — 2 nights

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Edinburgh Castle and Royal Yacht Britannia. Popular historic sites such as Palace of Holyroodhouse and The Real Mary King's Close are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at National Museum of Scotland, take in the exciting artwork at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Edinburgh road trip planning website.

London to Edinburgh is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from London in July; daily highs in Edinburgh reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Glasgow.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks
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Glasgow, United Kingdom — 1 night

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
On the 5th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Glasgow Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and then get a sense of history and politics at City Chambers.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Glasgow road trip planning site.

You can drive from Edinburgh to Glasgow in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Glasgow are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to New York City.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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New York City, United States — 2 nights

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and then take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, contemplate the long history of 9/11 Memorial, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Trinity Church, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the New York City trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Glasgow to New York City takes 10 hours. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 5 hours. When traveling from Glasgow in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in New York City: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Washington.
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Museums · Historic Sites
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Washington, United States — 1 night

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Washington tour builder site.

Drive from New York City to Washington in 6.5 hours. Traveling from New York City in July, expect Washington to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 18°C. You will leave for home on the 8th (Fri).
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Museums · Parks · Shopping · Fun & Games
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Scotland travel guide

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Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.
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