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

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

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New York City
— 8 nights
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Philadelphia
— 4 nights
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Washington DC
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New York City

— 8 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.
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has been added to your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Food Tours and Ground Zero Museum Workshop. Venture out of the city with trips to Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park (in Poughkeepsie), Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum (in Hyde Park) and Benmarl Vineyards and Winery (in Marlboro). There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, don't miss a visit to Washington Square Park, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

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Auckland, New Zealand to New York City is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to New York City is minus 17 hours. Traveling from Auckland in April, expect nights in New York City to be much colder, around 8°C, while days are slightly colder, around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Philadelphia

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eastern State Penitentiary and Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. Get out of town with these interesting Philadelphia side-trips: Ronks (Cherry Crest Adventure Farm & Old Windmill Farm). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art, steep yourself in history at Independence Hall, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of American Jewish History, and examine the collection at National Constitution Center.

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You can take a train from New York City to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in April, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Nightlife

Side Trip

Washington DC

— 7 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.
Explore hidden gems such as The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Smithsonian American Art Museum. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Washington DC takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips