11 days in Cape Cod, Hudson River Valley & Philadelphia Itinerary

11 days in Cape Cod, Hudson River Valley & Philadelphia Itinerary

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Fly to Boston, Ferry to Eastham
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Eastham
— 3 nights
Drive
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Falmouth
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hyde Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Philadelphia
— 3 nights
Fly

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Eastham

— 3 nights
Eastham is a town in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States, Barnstable County being coextensive with Cape Cod. Explore hidden gems such as Coast Guard Beach and Skaket Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and Atwood Museum. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Salt Pond Visitor Center, kick back and relax at Marconi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Chatham Lighthouse Beach, and steep yourself in history at First Encounter Beach.

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Madison to Eastham is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, daytime highs in Eastham are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Falmouth.

Things to do in Eastham

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Falmouth

— 2 nights
Falmouth is a town in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States; Barnstable County is coextensive with Cape Cod. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): explore the landscape on two wheels at Shining Sea Bikeway, get curious at Sandwich Glass Museum, then see the interesting displays at Heritage Museums & Gardens, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Nobska Point Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kalmus Beach.

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Traveling by car from Eastham to Falmouth takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Falmouth, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hyde Park.

Things to do in Falmouth

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Hyde Park

— 2 nights
Hyde Park is a town in Dutchess County, New York, bordering the Hudson River north of Poughkeepsie. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site and then stroll around Storm King Art Center. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, then contemplate the long history of Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, and then get engrossed in the history at Hyde Park Historical Society Museum.

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Traveling by car from Falmouth to Hyde Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Hyde Park

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Philadelphia

— 3 nights

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S. democracy, as it was once the meeting place for the country's Founding Fathers.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Museum of the American Revolution and Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul and National Museum of American Jewish History. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Independence Mall, take a stroll through Boathouse Row, ponder the world of politics at City Hall Visitor Center, and take an in-depth tour of Battleship New Jersey.

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Traveling by car from Hyde Park to Philadelphia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Hyde Park in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Philadelphia, with lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Cape Cod travel guide

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Beaches · Dolphin & Whale Watching · Specialty Museums
Located on the southern shore of Massachusetts, Cape Cod contains some 15 towns and two islands. The arm-shaped peninsula is a popular holiday destination throughout the year because of its historical attractions, art galleries, award-winning restaurants, and a scenic coastline dotted by sandy beaches. Start your sightseeing in Provincetown, located at the very tip of the cape and famous for being the site of the first Pilgrims' landing in 1620. From there you can hit up all of the Cape's other small towns, renowned for their comfortable bed and breakfasts and distinctive cuisine of fresh fish and oyster dishes. This maritime community features more than a dozen lighthouses. Part of experiencing the Cape means a trip to its two islands--which showcase several lighthouses and numerous restaurants.