20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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20 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
New York City
— 8 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Philadelphia
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Boston
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Lisbon

8
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fifth Avenue and Times Square. Escape the urban bustle at East River Waterfront Esplanade and Black Creek Preserve. Step out of New York City to go to Valley Cottage and see Hook Mountain State Park, which is approximately 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, go for a walk through Central Park, and take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read New York City trip planner .

Lisbon, Portugal to New York City is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Lisbon to New York City, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in October, you will find days in New York City are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Black Creek Preserve, Hook Mountain State Park
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9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
American Museum of Natural History ©

3
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Let the collections at Independence Hall and Eastern State Penitentiary capture your imagination. Visiting Valley Forge National Historical Park and Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square (about 52 minutes away). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art and hunt for treasures at Reading Terminal Market.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Philadelphia planning site .

Getting from New York City to Philadelphia by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Philadelphia are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks Museums Classes

Side Trips

Longwood Gardens, Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Valley Forge National Historical Park
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Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens
Valley Forge National Historical Park ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, and then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Arlington National Cemetery, then get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Georgetown University.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Washington DC day trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Philadelphia to Washington DC in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Boston.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Arlington National Cemetery
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

5
nights
Boston

Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Marginal Way Walkway and Freedom Trail. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cliff Walk and Copley Square. Change things up with these side-trips from Boston: Provincetown (Race Point Beach & Herring Cove Beach) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Gloucester). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts, browse the different shops at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, wander the streets of Newbury Street, and stop by Brookline Booksmith.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Boston online itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Boston takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC in October, you will find days in Boston are a bit cooler (20°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Boston

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Provincetown, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Marginal Way Walkway, Brookline Booksmith, Cliff Walk
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Marginal Way Walkway ©
Marginal Way Walkway
Museum of Fine Arts ©
Museum of Fine Arts