10 days in East Coast of USA, Philadelphia & Hershey Itinerary

10 days in East Coast of USA, Philadelphia & Hershey Itinerary

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10 days in East Coast of USA, Philadelphia & Hershey Itinerary

Start: New Orleans
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Washington DC
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Philadelphia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Hershey
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
New York City
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h
End: New Orleans

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes National Gallery of Art, Bike and Roll DC, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, meet the residents at National Zoological Park, squeeze the most out of the city with Bike and Roll DC, then examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Tomb of the Unknowns. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Arlington National Cemetery, and then pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Washington DC online road trip planner .

New Orleans to Washington DC is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from New Orleans to Washington DC due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New Orleans in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Washington DC: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can catch the train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Arlington
Highlights from your plan
Tomb of the Unknowns ©
Tomb of the Unknowns
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

1
night
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
On the 31st (Fri), browse the eclectic array of goods at Reading Terminal Market, then explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, then get to know the fascinating history of Independence National Historical Park, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Philadelphia trip itinerary website .

Traveling by train from Washington DC to Philadelphia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In May in Philadelphia, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hershey.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Independence National Historical Park ©
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Reading Terminal Market ©
Reading Terminal Market

2
nights
Hershey

Hershey ©
Home of the Hershey Chocolate Company, the town of Hershey is regularly referred to as the sweetest place on earth.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hersheypark. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): get in on the family fun at Hersheypark, then explore the fascinating underground world of Indian Echo Caverns, then get engrossed in the history at Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, and finally learn about winemaking at Cullari Vineyards and Winery. On your second day here, examine the collection at The Hershey Story, then get in on the family fun at Mount Hope Estate & Winery, home of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, and then identify plant and animal life at Wolf Sanctuary of PA.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hershey sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Philadelphia to Hershey in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Hershey are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to New York City.

Things to do in Hershey

Theme Parks Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Wolf Sanctuary of PA, Indian Echo Caverns, Mount Hope Estate & Winery, home of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
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Hersheypark ©
Hersheypark
Indian Echo Caverns ©
Indian Echo Caverns

3
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History. Take a break from the city and head to Bronx Zoo and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir. The adventure continues: examine the collection at 9/11 Memorial, take a stroll through Fifth Avenue, make a trip to Times Square, and take an in-depth tour of Ellis Island.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the New York City tour planning site .

You can drive from Hershey to New York City in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Bronx Zoo
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©

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