12 days in Boston, Philadelphia & Washington DC Itinerary

12 days in Boston, Philadelphia & Washington DC Itinerary

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12 days in Boston, Philadelphia & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Boston
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Philadelphia
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Washington DC
— 2 nights
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Mexico City

5
nights
Boston

Boston ©
Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
Freedom Trail and Newbury Street are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Herring Cove Beach and Walden Pond State Reservation. Get out of town with these interesting Boston side-trips: Long Point (in Provincetown) and Concord (Orchard House & Concord Museum). There's much more to do: browse the different shops at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts, take in panoramic vistas at Prudential Center, and steep yourself in history at Adams National Historical Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Boston trip app .

Mexico City, Mexico to Boston is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Mexico City to Boston, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, Boston is somewhat warmer than Mexico City - with highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Boston

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Concord, Provincetown, Harvard Book Store, Brookline Booksmith, Adams National Historical Park
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Faneuil Hall Marketplace ©
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Museum of Fine Arts ©
Museum of Fine Arts
Freedom Trail ©
Freedom Trail

4
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Take a break from the city and head to Gateway National Recreation and Valley Forge National Historical Park. Bring the kids along to Rittenhouse Square and Philadelphia Museum of Art. When in Philadelphia, make a side trip to see Gunnison Beach in Sandy Hook, approximately 1h 55 min away. The adventure continues: browse the eclectic array of goods at Reading Terminal Market, tour the pleasant surroundings at Philadelphia Zoo, explore the galleries of Independence Hall, and steep yourself in history at Elfreth's Alley.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Philadelphia trip itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Boston to Philadelphia in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sandy Hook, King of Prussia Mall, Valley Forge National Historical Park
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Gateway National Recreation ©
Gateway National Recreation
Barnes Foundation ©
Barnes Foundation

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.
Attractions like National Air and Space Museum and Tidal Basin make great kid-friendly stops. You'll explore and learn at National Gallery of Art and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at National Zoological Park, admire the landmark architecture of Washington National Cathedral, pause for some photo ops at Lincoln Memorial, and stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Washington DC online itinerary builder .

Getting from Philadelphia to Washington DC by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Arlington
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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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