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

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

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New York City
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Philadelphia
— 2 nights
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Washington DC
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New York City

— 4 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at 9/11 Memorial and Fifth Avenue. Kids will enjoy Times Square and Ellis Island. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Paul's Chapel, take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, and stop by Firenze Jewels.

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Bangkok, Thailand to New York City is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Bangkok to New York City is minus 12 hours. Traveling from Bangkok in April, expect New York City to be much colder, temps between 19°C and 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Philadelphia

— 2 nights

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Rittenhouse Square, listen to music at Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, admire the striking features of Boathouse Row, then admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art, and finally hunt for treasures at Reading Terminal Market. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at The Franklin Institute, get engrossed in the history at Eastern State Penitentiary, appreciate the history behind Liberty Bell Center, then get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall, and finally visit Society Hill.

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Traveling by train from New York City to Philadelphia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in April, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Washington DC

— 3 nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at National Gallery of Art and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Attractions like National Air and Space Museum and The National Archives Museum make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Tidal Basin, get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Patrick's Catholic Church.

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Getting from Philadelphia to Washington DC by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature

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