7 days in New York City, Pennsylvania & Washington DC Itinerary

7 days in New York City, Pennsylvania & Washington DC Itinerary

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7 days in New York City, Pennsylvania & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: New York City
1
New York City
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Philadelphia
— Few hours
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: New York City

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Fifth Avenue. 9/11 Memorial and St. Paul's Chapel will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Times Square, take an in-depth tour of Ellis Island, get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History, and explore the world behind art at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read New York City day trip planning website .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to New York City. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites
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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

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Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take a stroll through Rittenhouse Square, explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, and then get engrossed in the history at Independence Hall.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Philadelphia day trip planner.

Getting from New York City to Philadelphia by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Museums
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Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Rittenhouse Square ©
Rittenhouse Square

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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 25th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at The National Archives Museum, then learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, then take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Washington DC trip planner .

Take a train from Philadelphia to Washington DC in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

#Museums, #Historic Sites
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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