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Washington and New York holy week

Visiting family and strolling around US

lina cifuentes
by lina cifuentesAbout Me:Mom of two, our favorite hobby is traveling, discover new flavors and live experiences ! read more

North AmericaUnited States10 days / April 2018

Highs & Lows

New york is never boring

Distances between cities are quite long

Itinerary Overview

Holy week was approaching and we had no trip planned, my son was living in Washington because of his university and my sister was about to get married in New York, so the trip matched perfectly. We traveled from Bogotá to New York approximately 5h 30 min, we stayed there for 4 days, but not properly in NY, my sister lives in deer park which is around 1 hour by car from Manhattan, as the roads there are actually good preserved the 1-hour round trip wasn’t a chaos.


After NY we rented a car at Hertz which is something I totally recommend, distances in United States are very long and renting a car is the best thing, even though I recommend it only for traveling from city to city, because finding a parking lot in Manhattan is impossible and costs quite a lot (save that money for the metro, much cheaper).


Next stop was Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania from Deer park it took us around 3h 30min, we stayed with a sister of my husband who lives there, its actually an interesting place to visit, you can feel a lot of peace there and if you have children the Hershey´s park is 23 min away (awesome plan) we just stayed there for two days, and after that our last stop was Washington, 2 hour trip, our favorite plan when traveling trough United States by car is stopping by in restaurants at gas stations (Ihop, waffle, house, denny´s). We stayed in D.C 4 days at a Marriot hotel, when we got there we returned the car as we prefer to walk around the city, Washington is a great city for walking! it is really safe, peaceful, every corner has its magic and you can find great restaurants around the city.



  • 4 Nights: New York
    New york is always a good idea
  • 2 Nights: Harrisburg
    Family hangout
  • 4 Nights: Washington
    Washington and it´s magic

Q & A

  • How was the food?

    Max brenner in New York and for dessert Magnolia Bakery is a must

  • Packing tips?

    tennis for New York and Washington

  • Transportation Tips?

    Rent a car if you are going to travel between cities

  • Any surprises?

    Everything was perfect!

  • Booking details?

    In Washington we stayed at Courtyard by Marriot, totally recommended it isn´t expensive