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

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

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New York City
— 6 nights
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Philadelphia
— 3 nights
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Washington DC
— 4 nights
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New York City

— 6 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
9/11 Memorial and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) will appeal to museum buffs. Visit Ellis Island and St. Patrick's Cathedral for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Fifth Avenue, look for gifts at The Strand Bookstore, get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History, and admire the landmark architecture of The National Arts Club.

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Brisbane, Australia to New York City is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 15 hours. While traveling from Brisbane, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in New York City, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Philadelphia

— 3 nights

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S. democracy, as it was once the meeting place for the country's Founding Fathers.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Ephrata Cloister and Rodin Museum. Visit Elfreth's Alley and Christ Church for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Philadelphia: Good's Store (in East Earl), Pine Hills Antique Mall (in Reinholds) and Kitchen Kettle Village (in Intercourse). There's much more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Reading Terminal Market, contemplate the long history of Todd House, browse the fresh offerings at Pete's Produce Farm at Westtown School, and see the interesting displays at National Constitution Center.

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Getting from New York City to Philadelphia by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Philadelphia can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

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Washington DC

— 4 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Washington National Cathedral. Do your shopping at Eastern Market and Politics and Prose. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, view the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art - Sculpture Garden, get to know the resident critters at National Zoological Park, and examine the collection at The National Archives Museum.

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You can take a train from Philadelphia to Washington DC in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

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