11 days in New York City, Philadelphia & Washington DC Itinerary

11 days in New York City, Philadelphia & Washington DC Itinerary

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11 days in New York City, Philadelphia & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  9​h
1
New York City
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h
2
Philadelphia
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h
3
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Los Angeles

4
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.
Attractions like Central Park and Statue of Liberty National Monument make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, admire the striking features of Empire State Building, wander the streets of Times Square, and make a trip to Grand Central Terminal.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the New York City attractions planning tool .

Los Angeles to New York City is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Los Angeles to New York City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, things will get a bit cooler in New York City: highs are around 61°F and lows about 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

3
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Family-friendly places like Longwood Gardens and Philadelphia Museum of Art will thrill your kids. Explore Philadelphia's surroundings by going to Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library (in Winterthur) and Bury The Hatchet Princeton - Axe Throwing (in Lawrenceville). The adventure continues: get curious at The Franklin Institute, stroll around Franklin Square, and examine the collection at Mutter Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Philadelphia trip planner.

Take a train from New York City to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Longwood Gardens, Bury The Hatchet Princeton - Axe Throwing, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
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Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library ©

3
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.
Attractions like Tidal Basin and National Air and Space Museum make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at National Zoological Park, appreciate the history behind National World War II Memorial, ponder the world of politics at United States Capitol, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Washington DC day trip app .

You can take a train from Philadelphia to Washington DC in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Washington DC sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Zoological Park ©
National Zoological Park

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