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

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

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

Start: New York City
1
New York City
— 7 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Philadelphia
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Washington DC
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
End: New York City

7
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Ocean Grove Beach and Cupsogue Beach County Park. Visit 9/11 Memorial and New York City Hall for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from New York City: Joel L. Lefkowitz Park at West Meadow Beach (in Stony Brook), Wolf Conservation Center (in South Salem) and Point Lookout Beach (in Point Lookout). Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Bronx Zoo, get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History, and shop like a local with Fifth Avenue.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our New York City vacation builder tool .

If you are flying in from New Zealand, the closest major airports are La Guardia Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and John F Kennedy International Airport. In July, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sands Point Preserve, Bronx Zoo, Ponquogue Beach, Wolf Conservation Center, Point Lookout Beach
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9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
American Museum of Natural History ©
American Museum of Natural History

3
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Get some historical perspective at Valley Forge National Historical Park and Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Let the collections at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library and Philadelphia Museum of Art capture your imagination. Step out of Philadelphia with an excursion to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square--about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: browse the eclectic array of goods at Reading Terminal Market, get engrossed in the history at Eastern State Penitentiary, ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall, and admire the masterpieces at Barnes Foundation.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Philadelphia sightseeing planning tool .

You can take a train from New York City to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Philadelphia are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Longwood Gardens, Valley Forge National Historical Park
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Valley Forge National Historical Park ©
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore National Air and Space Museum and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Step out of the city life by going to National Zoological Park and Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens. Step out of Washington DC to go to Baltimore and see Horseshoe Casino, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, get engrossed in the history at National Portrait Gallery, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Washington National Cathedral.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Washington DC trip planner .

Getting from Philadelphia to Washington DC by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. July in Washington DC sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Arlington National Cemetery, Horseshoe Casino
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National Zoological Park ©
National Zoological Park
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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