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

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

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

Start: Rio de Janeiro
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  14​h 15​min
1
Washington DC
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Philadelphia
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
New York City
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Rio de Janeiro

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at National Air and Space Museum and Washington National Cathedral. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tomb of the Unknowns and Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Patrick's Catholic Church, stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, and see the interesting displays at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Washington DC trip itinerary builder website .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Washington DC is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and subway. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Washington DC. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January; daily highs in Washington DC reach 7°C and lows reach -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Arlington
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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

4
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Longwood Gardens and Kitchen Kettle Village. You'll explore and learn at Philadelphia Museum of Art and Eastern State Penitentiary. Get out of town with these interesting Philadelphia side-trips: Atlantic City (The Quarter at Tropicana & Atlantic City Boardwalk) and Valley Forge National Historical Park (in Valley Forge). The adventure continues: hunt for treasures at Reading Terminal Market, explore the world behind art at Barnes Foundation, stroll the grounds of Christ Church, and pause for some photo ops at Liberty Bell Center.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Philadelphia trip itinerary planning site .

You can take a train from Washington DC to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Philadelphia are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to New York City.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Atlantic City, Valley Forge National Historical Park, Ardmore Farmers Market, Kitchen Kettle Village, Longwood Gardens
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Reading Terminal Market ©
Reading Terminal Market
Valley Forge National Historical Park ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art

6
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Ellis Island. Kids will appreciate attractions like Central Park and Statue of Liberty National Monument. The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History, and shop like a local with Fifth Avenue.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the New York City sightseeing planner.

Take a train from Philadelphia to New York City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©
American Museum of Natural History

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