20 days in Mid Atlantic Itinerary

20 days in Mid Atlantic Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mid Atlantic vacation planner

Make it your trip
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Washington DC
— 4 nights
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Gettysburg
— 3 nights
Drive
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Philadelphia
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cape May
— 1 night
Drive
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New York City
— 6 nights
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Washington DC

— 4 nights
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.
Washington DC is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and ponder the world of politics at The Pentagon.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Washington DC trip itinerary planner.

Madison to Washington DC is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Madison to Washington DC is 1 hour. Traveling from Madison in May, things will get a bit warmer in Washington DC: highs are around 76°F and lows about 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Gettysburg

— 3 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.
Gettysburg is known for historic sites, museums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness the site of a historic battle at Gettysburg National Military Park, pause for some photo ops at National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes, see human ingenuity at work at Longarm Reservoir, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Gettysburg online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Washington DC to Gettysburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Washington DC in May, expect Gettysburg to be little chillier, temps between 71°F and 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Philadelphia

— 5 nights

The City of Brotherly Love

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square (about 52 minutes away). There's much more to do: stroll around Franklin Square, steep yourself in history at Independence Hall, deepen your understanding at Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Education Center, and explore the world behind art at Barnes Foundation.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Philadelphia trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gettysburg to Philadelphia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Philadelphia are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cape May.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Cape May

— 1 night

The Nation's Oldest Seashore Resort

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, identify plant and animal life at Cape May Bird Observatory, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape May trip maker.

Getting from Philadelphia to Cape May by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Philadelphia in May, expect nights in Cape May to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are slightly colder, around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to New York City.

Things to do in Cape May

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

New York City

— 6 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, admire the landmark architecture of Grand Central Terminal, explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and make a trip to Empire State Building.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the New York City tour planner.

You can drive from Cape May to New York City in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus, tram, and train. In May, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods