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Hey folks! My husband and I are heading on a five-day NYC/DC trip later this month and we're super-excited! I have been to each place before (in 1999 and 2004 respectively) but my husband has never been to the US so I want this to be really special for him.

I was really just wondering what you thought of my itinerary - if any of it seemed unrealistic or if there was anything you thought we should add.

We're arriving in NYC February 24th from France (so the jet lag is gonna be huge!), mid-afternoon. The museums I think will be closed by the time we get there (I understand most of them close at 5pm), although the Metropolitan Museum of Art is open until 9pm on Fridays so we may give it a go depending on how we feel (we're arriving at our hotel probably at 5pm). However, realistically we'll probably end up just going for a walk around Central Park before going for dinner (which we've already reserved, at Bar Boulud).

Saturday 25th we're planning on heading to the Museum of Modern Art and the International Centre of Photography, lunching just wherever we fancy and then heading to a rooftop bar before (or after!) dinner in the evening (dinner already reserved at Sushi Yasuda). We also want to do Asia Society as well as Metropolitan Museum of Art just wherever we can fit them in.

Sunday we're off to DC on the train (tickets already booked), arriving at around lunchtime, so lunch'll be the first thing we do. We plan to go to the National Museum of American History in the afternoon, as well as catching a view of the US Capitol from the outside (we're not really into guided tours much!) and going to the National Gallery of Art if we can. To a rooftop bar again before dinner at Old Ebbitt Grill.

Monday we'll see the Phillips Collection as soon as it opens in the morning, then get lunch (possibly at Zed's Ethiopian) before seeing the Presidents' Memorials and Arlington Cemetery in the afternoon. Dinner's reserved at Georgia Brown's.

Tuesday we're leaving for NYC first thing in the morning, arriving at lunchtime. We'll probably go to Ellis Island in the afternoon and fit in stuff we didn't get to do yet! Dinner's booked at the Mermaid Inn.

Wednesday is our last day :'( Lunch is booked for 1.15 at the Little Owl. We plan just to shop and possibly to fit in museums etc we still didn't get time to do. We'll be leaving our hotel for the airport at 4pm.

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So how does this look to you? Realistic or not? Any stuff we simply MUST do? We plan on getting views of Lady Liberty, the Empire State etc just from the outside - we both live and work in and around Paris, so judging from the way the Eiffel Tower's queues are we think going up these would eat up way too much time.

Thanks in advance for all suggestions and comments!

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