18 days in East Coast of USA, Philadelphia & Gettysburg Itinerary

18 days in East Coast of USA, Philadelphia & Gettysburg Itinerary

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18 days in East Coast of USA, Philadelphia & Gettysburg Itinerary

Start: Rimini
+2
train + Fly + bus:  15​h 15​min
1
New York City
— 4 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Brooklyn
— 2 nights
subway + train:  1​h 45​min
3
Philadelphia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Gettysburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
6
Arlington
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Niagara Falls
— 2 nights
+3
train + Fly + bus + train:  23​h 30​min
End: Rimini

4
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Little Italy in the Bronx. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History. Visiting Hook Mountain State Park and Speed Boats Tours will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Fifth Avenue, pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, take a stroll through Times Square, and explore and take pictures at Central Park.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our New York City day trip planning site .

Rimini, Italy to New York City is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Rimini to New York City, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Brooklyn.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Little Italy in the Bronx, Hook Mountain State Park
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Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
American Museum of Natural History ©

2
nights
Brooklyn

Brooklyn ©
Though it may be less popular or touristy than its big brother Manhattan, Brooklyn boasts of one of the largest and hippest art districts in the United States.
On the 12th (Wed), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Bronx Zoo, then take in the exciting artwork at Natchie, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Brooklyn Heights Promenade, and finally stop by Sahadi's Specialty and Fine Foods. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Ocean Grove Beach, then see the interesting displays at Silverball Pinball Museum, and then take a stroll through Dumbo.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Brooklyn road trip planning tool .

Brooklyn is just a short distance from New York City. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Brooklyn

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Beaches

Side Trips

Bronx Zoo, Ocean Grove Beach, Silverball Pinball Museum
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Bronx Zoo ©
Bronx Zoo
Silverball Pinball Museum ©
Silverball Pinball Museum
Ocean Grove Beach ©
Ocean Grove Beach

1
night
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary, then explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, then hunt for treasures at Reading Terminal Market, and finally ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall. Keep things going the next day: trek along Kelly Drive, then witness the site of a historic battle at Valley Forge National Historical Park, and then admire the masterpieces at Barnes Foundation.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Philadelphia trip planning site .

You can do a combination of subway and train from Brooklyn to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Valley Forge National Historical Park
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Eastern State Penitentiary ©
Eastern State Penitentiary
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Valley Forge National Historical Park ©

2
nights
Gettysburg

Gettysburg ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Shriver House Museum, steep yourself in history at Jennie Wade House, then examine the collection at Gettysburg Museum of History, then take in the history at Gettysburg National Military Park, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Gettysburg National Cemetery. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Mister Ed's Elephant Museum, then do a tasting at Adams County Winery, then take in the dramatic natural features at Devils Den, and finally take an in-depth tour of Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Gettysburg travel planning site .

Getting from Philadelphia to Gettysburg by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In June in Gettysburg, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Washington DC.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Orrtanna
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Devils Den ©
Devils Den
Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park

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.
On the 18th (Tue), explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, contemplate the waterfront views at Tidal Basin, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at National Zoological Park. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Madame Tussauds DC, examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, and then try your luck at Horseshoe Casino.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Washington DC route planning website .

Getting from Gettysburg to Washington DC by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Washington DC when traveling from Gettysburg in June, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Arlington.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Horseshoe Casino
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin

1
night
Arlington

Arlington ©
Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county of Arlington blends big city and sprawling suburban environments.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Old Town, admire the landmark architecture of George Washington's Mount Vernon, and then examine the collection at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Great Falls Park and then don't miss a visit to John F. Kennedy Grave Site.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Arlington day trip planner .

Arlington is just a short distance from Washington DC. June in Arlington sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Arlington

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Great Falls Park, Old Town, George Washington's Mount Vernon, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Highlights from your plan
Great Falls Park ©
Great Falls Park
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center ©
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
George Washington's Mount Vernon ©
George Washington's Mount Vernon

2
nights
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex, then buy something for everyone on your list at One Niagara "The Gateway to the Falls", then Head underground at Cave of the Winds, and finally admire the sheer force of Niagara Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of Victory Basilica, then learn about all things military at Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park, and then try your luck at Seneca Niagara Casino.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Niagara Falls trip site .

Getting from Arlington to Niagara Falls by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Arlington in June, expect Niagara Falls to be slightly colder, temps between 29°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Nature Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Buffalo, Our Lady of Victory Basilica
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Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls
Our Lady of Victory Basilica ©
Our Lady of Victory Basilica

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