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

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

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

Start: Manchester
Fly + Bus:  10​h 45​min
1
New York City
— 6 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
2
Philadelphia
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
3
Washington DC
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Manchester

6
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like 9/11 Memorial and Gateway National Recreation. Get some cultural insight at Fifth Avenue and Times Square. Go for a jaunt from New York City to Bronx to see Bronx Zoo about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, choose your vessel at Narwhal Yacht Charters, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Central Park Zoo, and go for a walk through Central Park.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the New York City travel route site .

Manchester, UK to New York City is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 5 hours. In September, New York City is a bit warmer than Manchester - with highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Gateway National Recreation, Bronx Zoo
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Fifth Avenue ©
Fifth Avenue
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

3
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Get in touch with nature at Valley Forge National Historical Park and Independence National Historical Park. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Reading Terminal Market and Rittenhouse Square. Get out of town with these interesting Philadelphia side-trips: Longwood Gardens (in Kennett Square) and Tyler State Park (in Newtown). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Independence Hall, pause for some photo ops at Liberty Bell Center, steep yourself in history at Pennsylvania Hospital, and ponder the world of politics at City Hall.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Philadelphia vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a bus from New York City to Philadelphia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. September in Philadelphia sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Longwood Gardens, Valley Forge National Historical Park, Tyler State Park
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Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Elfreth's Alley ©
Elfreth's Alley

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Washington National Cathedral, then stroll through National Zoological Park, then pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and finally explore the activities along Tidal Basin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, then see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, and then get to know the fascinating history of Tomb of the Unknowns.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Washington DC online day trip planner .

You can take a train from Philadelphia to Washington DC in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Washington DC are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Washington National Cathedral ©
Washington National Cathedral
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum

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