12 days in Pennsylvania & Washington DC Itinerary

12 days in Pennsylvania & Washington DC Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

Make it your trip
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Philadelphia
— 5 nights
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Washington DC
— 6 nights
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Drive to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Fly to La Guardia Airport, Drive to Cromwell

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Philadelphia

— 5 nights

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Battleship New Jersey and Benjamin Franklin Museum. Masonic Temple and Washington Memorial Chapel will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Philadelphia: Ridley Creek State Park (in Media), Pennsbury Manor (in Morrisville) and Old Barracks Museum (in Trenton). And it doesn't end there: get curious at Penn Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Princeton University Chapel, don't miss a visit to Historic Philadelphia-Once Upon a Nation Storytelling Benches, and examine the collection at Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Philadelphia trip maker tool.

Cromwell to Philadelphia is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. August in Philadelphia sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Washington DC

— 6 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Maryland State House and Anderson House. Explore hidden gems such as Ego Alley and Arlington House - The Robert E. Lee Memorial. Change things up with these side-trips from Washington DC: William Paca House & Garden (in Annapolis), Patapsco Valley State Park (in Ellicott City) and Baltimore (USS Torsk & Federal Hill Park). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Renwick Gallery, appreciate the history behind Air Force Memorial, trek along U.S. National Arboretum, and shop like a local with National Gallery of Art - Sculpture Garden.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Washington DC online tour builder.

Take a train from Philadelphia to Washington DC in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Pennsylvania travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Casinos · History Museums
The Keystone State
One of the country's 13 original founding states, Pennsylvania contains a balance of modern cities and fertile fields. A rich and varied state with a colorful history dating back to colonial times, it remains a worthy holiday destination with its well-preserved 19th-century battle sites and memorial parks. This diverse land is home to pristine forests and rugged mountain regions. For an urban experience, visit the state's university cities, offering numerous tourist attractions as well as thriving music, performance, art, and culinary scenes. The region's Amish country provides a weekend getaway in a picturesque setting of quaint towns surrounded by rolling hills and fertile farmland.