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
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Speed Boats Tours and Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from New York City: Benmarl Vineyards and Winery (in Marlboro) and Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park (in Poughkeepsie). There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

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Auckland, New Zealand to New York City is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You'll gain 17 hours traveling from Auckland to New York City due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Auckland, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in New York City, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to catch the 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Independence Hall and National Constitution Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Philadelphia: Ronks (Cherry Crest Adventure Farm, Old Windmill Farm, &more). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Eastern State Penitentiary, gain insight at National Museum of American Jewish History, stop by Macy's Philadelphia, and hunt for treasures at Reading Terminal Market.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Philadelphia trip planner.

Traveling by train from New York City to Philadelphia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to National Museum of African American History and Culture and Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, wander the streets of Old Town, and get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Washington DC online trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Philadelphia to Washington DC in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips