16 days in New York State, New Jersey & Pennsylvania Itinerary

16 days in New York State, New Jersey & Pennsylvania Itinerary

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New York City
— 2 nights
Cape May
— 3 nights
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
Niagara Falls
— 3 nights


New York City — 2 nights

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): shop like a local with Barsky Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Scranberry Coop Antiques and then immerse yourself in nature at Kittatinny Valley State Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City journey maker.

Wichita to New York City is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Wichita to New York City is 1 hour. Traveling from Wichita in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 36°F in New York City. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cape May.
Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Wildlife
Side Trips

Cape May — 3 nights

Cape May represents the other Jersey Shore--the one you don't see on TV--the one with a rich history and a refined, relaxed atmosphere.
Popular historic sites such as Cape May Lighthouse and World War II Lookout Tower are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cape May City Beaches and Cape May Artists’ Cooperative. Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of the local shopping with Washington Street Gallery, look for gifts at Blue Eden, browse the different shops at Washington Street Mall, and examine the collection at Cape May Fire Department Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cape May road trip planner.

Getting from New York City to Cape May by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train, tram, and bus. In December in Cape May, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 35°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Philadelphia.
Shopping · Museums · Outdoors · Parks
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Philadelphia — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): stop by Lore's Chocolates, steep yourself in history at Independence National Historical Park, then get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Reading Terminal Market. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Eastern State Penitentiary, explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, then wander the streets of Rittenhouse Square, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Philadelphia's Magic Gardens.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Philadelphia online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Cape May to Philadelphia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Philadelphia can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Gettysburg.
Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

Gettysburg — 2 nights

Located near the memorial park marking the site of one of the largest Civil War battles, the town of Gettysburg sits in a landscape of rolling green hills with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): witness the site of a historic battle at Gettysburg National Military Park, stroll the grounds of Gettysburg National Cemetery, and then look for gifts at Mister Ed's Elephant Museum. On your second day here, pause for some photo ops at The Eternal Light Peace Memorial, get a taste of the local shopping with American Artisan Gallery, then hunt for treasures at West Shore Farmers Market, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Antique Marketplace of Lemoyne.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Gettysburg trip planner.

You can drive from Philadelphia to Gettysburg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Gettysburg can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Pittsburgh.
Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Side Trips

Pittsburgh — 2 nights

Known primarily for its steel-related heritage and 446 bridges, Pittsburgh sits at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers, which meet to form the Ohio River.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): catch a live event at PNC Park, shop like a local with Contemporary Craft, and then visit Mount Washington. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, then get a taste of the local shopping with Pittsburgh Glass Center, then stop by Playthings Etc., and finally view the masterpieces at Merrick Art Gallery.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Pittsburgh online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gettysburg to Pittsburgh takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Pittsburgh are 42°F, while nighttime lows are 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Niagara Falls.
Shopping · Museums · Parks · Nature
Side Trips

Niagara Falls — 3 nights

The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S. half of the famous waterfall that straddles the border between Canada and the United States.
Step off the beaten path and head to Niagara Falls and Basilica Of The National Shrine Of Our Lady Of Fatima. For shopping fun, head to Vidler's 5 & 10 or Kutter's Cheese Factory Store. Get out of town with these interesting Niagara Falls side-trips: Genesee Country Village & Museum (in Mumford), Our Lady of Victory National Shrine & Basilica (in Lackawanna) and Jell-O Gallery Museum (in Le Roy). There's more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Niagara Falls trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Pittsburgh to Niagara Falls in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°F in December, and nighttime lows around 26°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife
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New York State travel guide

Scenic Walking Areas · Observation Decks · Historic Sites
The Empire State
Home to the country's most populous city, the state of New York is a major gateway for immigration into the United States, but also one of the nation's prime holiday destinations. Take a trip down the state's numerous wilderness trails and scenic roads to visit quaint small towns, sandy beaches, historical estates, and artist colonies. Though the majority of visitors head for the big-city restaurants, theaters, and museums, you can venture deeper into the rugged and remote mountain areas to discover a world of picturesque forests, rivers, mountains, and lakes. New York also boasts the nation's largest forest preserve, encompassing much of the northeastern lobe of the state.

New Jersey travel guide

Casinos · Shopping Malls · Beaches
The Garden State
Often overshadowed by its legendary neighbor, New York, New Jersey holds its own as a land of thriving industrial cities, sprawling farmland, and lively coastal towns. Called the Garden State, New Jersey is a hub of entertainment and cultural attractions for the east coast, from the famous sandy beaches and carnival-like atmosphere of the Jersey Shore to alluring Atlantic City, the Las Vegas of the east. New Jersey also boasts a wealth of historical places to visit, including battle sites and memorials, such as George Washington's Revolutionary War headquarters.

Pennsylvania travel guide

History Museums · Casinos · Specialty Museums
The Keystone State
One of the country's 13 original founding states, Pennsylvania contains a balance of modern cities and fertile fields. A rich and varied state with a colorful history dating back to colonial times, it remains a worthy holiday destination with its well-preserved 19th-century battle sites and memorial parks. This diverse land is home to pristine forests and rugged mountain regions. For an urban experience, visit the state's university cities, offering numerous tourist attractions as well as thriving music, performance, art, and culinary scenes. The region's Amish country provides a weekend getaway in a picturesque setting of quaint towns surrounded by rolling hills and fertile farmland.