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

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

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

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  14​h 30​min
New York City
— 12 nights
bus:  2​h
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
Washington DC
— 5 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
End: New York City

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 itinerary includes some good beach time at Island Beach State Park and Ocean Grove Beach. Get some historical perspective at The Met Cloisters and Ellis Island. Change things up with these side-trips from New York City: Rockaway Beach (in Far Rockaway), Allenhurst Beach Club (in Allenhurst) and Bay Head Beach (in Bay Head). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, race across the water with a speed boat tour, appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial, and learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read New York City trip itinerary planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to New York City is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sao Paulo to New York City is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Sao Paulo in July, expect New York City to be a bit warmer, temps between 35°C and 26°C. On the 15th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Island Beach State Park, Ocean Grove Beach, Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Allenhurst Beach Club, Bay Head Beach
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Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Met Cloisters ©
The Met Cloisters


Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Get some cultural insight at Eastern State Penitentiary and Liberty Bell Center. Museum-lovers will get to explore Philadelphia Museum of Art and Museum of the American Revolution. Step out of Philadelphia to go to Chadds Ford and see Brandywine River Museum of Art, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Independence Hall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, see the interesting displays at Benjamin Franklin Museum, and stroll the grounds of Christ Church.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Philadelphia day trip planning site .

You can take a train from New York City to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Philadelphia are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Fri) before leaving for Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Battleship New Jersey, Brandywine River Museum of Art
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Eastern State Penitentiary ©
Eastern State Penitentiary
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall

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.
Jennie Wade House and Capitol Hill are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Smithsonian American Art Museum and Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Explore Washington DC's surroundings by going to Gettysburg (Gettysburg Diorama & Shriver House Museum). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at National Portrait Gallery, admire the masterpieces at The Phillips Collection, examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, and contemplate the long history of Old Town.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Washington DC planning tool .

Take a train from Philadelphia to Washington DC in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Washington DC sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Gettysburg, Alexandria
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