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:  2​h
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:  2​h
End: Philadelphia

2
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Take a break from Philadelphia with a short trip to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, about 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: stroll around Wissahickon Valley Park, try your luck at Harrah's Philadelphia, admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art, and get engrossed in the history at Eastern State Penitentiary.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Philadelphia road trip planning app .

If you are flying in from India, the closest major airports are Philadelphia International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and John F Kennedy International Airport. December in Philadelphia sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Parks Fun & Games

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: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, ponder the world of politics at White House, and see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Washington DC travel route planning tool .

Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Washington DC takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough 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.
When in Niagara Falls, make a side trip to see Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna, approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Cave of the Winds, take in the dramatic scenery at Niagara Falls, admire the striking features of Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex, and enjoy breathtaking views from Niagara Falls Observation Tower.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Niagara Falls journey planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Washington DC to Niagara Falls takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. In December, Niagara Falls is slightly colder than Washington DC - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Nature Parks 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

3
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, wander the streets of Times Square, appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial, and admire the striking features of Rockefeller Center.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our New York City tour itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Niagara Falls to New York City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Niagara Falls in December, things will get somewhat warmer in New York City: highs are around 10°C and lows about 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to catch the 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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