11 days in Philadelphia, Washington DC & Williamsburg Itinerary

11 days in Philadelphia, Washington DC & Williamsburg Itinerary

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11 days in Philadelphia, Washington DC & Williamsburg Itinerary

Start: New Orleans
Fly:  5​h
1
Philadelphia
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Washington DC
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Williamsburg
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: New Orleans

3
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Bring the kids along to Longwood Gardens and Philadelphia Zoo. Explore Philadelphia's surroundings by going to Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library (in Winterthur) and Bury The Hatchet Bensalem (in Bensalem). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art, examine the collection at Please Touch Museum, appreciate the history behind Liberty Bell Center, and don't miss a visit to Franklin Square.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Philadelphia using our trip planner.

New Orleans to Philadelphia is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from New Orleans to Philadelphia due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from New Orleans in June since evenings lows in Philadelphia dip to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Longwood Gardens, Adventure Aquarium, Bury The Hatchet Bensalem - Axe Throwing, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
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Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library ©
Philadelphia Zoo ©
Philadelphia Zoo

4
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.
Family-friendly places like National Air and Space Museum and Tidal Basin will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, ponder the world of politics at Library of Congress, and pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Washington DC journey planning website .

You can take a train from Philadelphia to Washington DC in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in June, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Zoological Park ©
National Zoological Park

3
nights
Williamsburg

Williamsburg ©
Founded in 1632 as a fortified settlement on the high ground between two rivers, Williamsburg served as a colonial capital of Virginia for over 80 years.
Bring the kids along to Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Colonial Williamsburg and take a tour of Jamestown Settlement.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Williamsburg trip planner.

Traveling by car from Washington DC to Williamsburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June in Williamsburg, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Busch Gardens Williamsburg ©
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Water Country USA ©
Water Country USA
Jamestown Settlement ©
Jamestown Settlement

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