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: Lille
+2
train + Fly + bus:  12​h 15​min
1
New York City
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Washington DC
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Philadelphia
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  19​h
End: Lille

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.
Head to Fifth Avenue and Shopping Girlfriend NYCfor some retail therapy. There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Central Park, look for gifts at The Strand Bookstore, explore and take pictures at The High Line, and enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the New York City trip planner .

Lille, France to New York City is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Traveling from Lille in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in New York City, with 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

Shopping Parks Museums
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Times Square ©
Times Square
Fifth Avenue ©
Fifth Avenue

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Washington DC: Loch Raven Reservoir (in Phoenix), Soldier's Delight Natural Environment Area (in Owings Mills) and Hidden Pond Nature Center (in Springfield). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, pause for some photo ops at Lincoln Memorial, tour the pleasant surroundings at Indian Head Rail Trail, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Washington DC day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from New York City to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from New York City, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Washington DC, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Washington DC

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Soldier's Delight Natural Environment Area, Gulf Branch Nature Center, Indian Head Rail Trail, Loch Raven Reservoir, Hidden Oaks Nature Center
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Hidden Oaks Nature Center ©
Hidden Oaks Nature Center
Hidden Pond Nature Center ©
Hidden Pond Nature Center

4
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
For shopping fun, head to Reading Terminal Market or Rittenhouse Square. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Philadelphia: Green Lane Nature Center (in Green Lane) and Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (in Oceanville). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, admire the masterpieces at Barnes Foundation, wander the streets of Boathouse Row, and admire all the interesting features of Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Education Center.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Philadelphia tour itinerary planning site .

You can take a train from Washington DC to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Philadelphia can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, Green Lane Nature Center, Palmyra Cove Nature Park, Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
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Reading Terminal Market ©
Reading Terminal Market
Palmyra Cove Nature Park ©
Palmyra Cove Nature Park

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