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

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

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

Start: Shanghai
Fly + bus:  20​h 30​min
1
New York City
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Philadelphia
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Washington DC
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Shanghai

5
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park. Fifth Avenue and New York Public Library are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in New York City, make a side trip to see Bronx Zoo in Bronx, approximately 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Times Square, admire the striking features of Empire State Building, look for gifts at Kee's Chocolates, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our New York City trip itinerary maker app .

Shanghai, China to New York City is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Shanghai to New York City is minus 13 hours. In April, New York City is a bit cooler than Shanghai - with highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Bronx Zoo
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Central Park ©
Central Park
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge and Fort Washington State Park. Head to Reading Terminal Market and Rittenhouse Squarefor some retail therapy. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Palmyra Cove Nature Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Independence National Historical Park, explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, and take an in-depth tour of Independence Hall.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Philadelphia trip app .

You can take a train from New York City to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in April, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Fort Washington State Park, Palmyra Cove Nature Park, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
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Independence National Historical Park ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Antietam National Battlefield and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gettysburg National Military Park and Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center. There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Arlington National Cemetery and appreciate the history behind Jefferson Memorial.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Washington DC journey planner .

You can take a train from Philadelphia to Washington DC in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Gettysburg, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Arlington National Cemetery, Antietam National Battlefield
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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park ©
Antietam National Battlefield ©
Antietam National Battlefield
Gettysburg National Military Park ©

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