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

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

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

Start: Singapore
Fly + bus:  21​h 30​min
1
New York City
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Washington DC
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Philadelphia
— 6 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  23​h
End: Singapore

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.
Popular historic sites such as 9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral are in your itinerary. Head to Fifth Avenue and Chelsea Marketfor some retail therapy. Explore New York City's surroundings by going to Golden Fish Gallery (in Milford), Hawk's Nest Highway (in Port Jervis) and Delaware Water Gap (in Columbia). Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, go for a walk through Central Park, admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read New York City online driving holiday planner .

Singapore, Singapore to New York City is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time (SGT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 13 hours. In May, New York City is cooler than Singapore - with highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Delaware Water Gap, Golden Fish Gallery, Hawk's Nest Highway
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
New York Public Library ©
New York Public Library

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Arlington National Cemetery, and then learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Indian Head Rail Trail, admire the striking features of George Washington's Mount Vernon, and then pause for some photo ops at Korean War Veterans Memorial.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Washington DC online day trip planner .

You can fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. While traveling from New York City, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Washington DC, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

George Washington's Mount Vernon, Indian Head Rail Trail, Arlington National Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ©
Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery
George Washington's Mount Vernon ©
George Washington's Mount Vernon

6
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Step out of the city life by going to Cape May Bird Observatory and Cape May City Beaches. Shop till you drop at Gallery 37- A Destination for Artful Living and Blue Eden. Get out of town with these interesting Philadelphia side-trips: Cape May (Washington Street Gallery, Cape May Lighthouse, & more), Cloverdale Farm County Park (in Barnegat) and Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (in Oceanville). It doesn't end there: hunt for treasures at Reading Terminal Market.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Philadelphia trip app .

Traveling by train from Washington DC to Philadelphia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Philadelphia are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Cape May, Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Cape May Bird Observatory, Cloverdale Farm County Park, Blue Eden
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Cape May City Beaches ©
Cape May City Beaches
Cape May Lighthouse ©
Cape May Lighthouse

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