12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
1
Philadelphia
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
3
Niagara Falls
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
New York City
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
End: Philadelphia

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nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Step out of Philadelphia with an excursion to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square--about 52 minutes away. There's much more to do: walk around Wissahickon Valley Park, explore the world behind art at Rodin Museum, take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary, and try your luck at Harrah's Philadelphia.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Philadelphia online travel route planner .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Philadelphia. In December, daily temperatures in Philadelphia can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Parks Casinos

Side Trips

Harrah's Philadelphia, Longwood Gardens
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Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens
Wissahickon Valley Park ©
Wissahickon Valley Park

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.
Washington DC is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, ponder the world of politics at United States Capitol, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Washington DC route planning app .

Getting from Philadelphia to Washington DC by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ©

3
nights
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Change things up with a short trip to Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna (about 36 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Cave of the Winds, steep yourself in history at Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex, take in panoramic vistas at Niagara Falls Observation Tower, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary of the Cataract R. C. Parish.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Niagara Falls trip itinerary builder app .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Washington DC to Niagara Falls in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in December; daily highs in Niagara Falls reach 38°F and lows reach 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex
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Our Lady of Victory Basilica ©
Our Lady of Victory Basilica
Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls

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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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument, admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and steep yourself in history at 9/11 Memorial.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our New York City vacation planning tool .

Getting from Niagara Falls to New York City by combination of bus and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Niagara Falls in December, things will get a bit warmer in New York City: highs are around 48°F and lows about 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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