29 days in New York City, Pennsylvania & Washington DC Itinerary

29 days in New York City, Pennsylvania & Washington DC Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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New York City
— 9 nights
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Philadelphia
— 6 nights
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Pittsburgh
— 3 nights
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Gettysburg
— 4 nights
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Washington DC
— 6 nights

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New York City

— 9 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, go for a walk through Central Park, wander the streets of Times Square, and get great views at Top of the Rock.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our New York City trip site.

If you are flying in from India, the closest major aiports are La Guardia Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and John F Kennedy International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Philadelphia

— 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library (in Winterthur), Longwood Gardens (in Kennett Square) and Brandywine River Museum of Art (in Chadds Ford). And it doesn't end there: deepen your understanding at Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Education Center, admire the masterpieces at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, sample some tasty brews at Philly Brew Tours, and take a stroll around Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Philadelphia travel planner.

Getting from New York City to Philadelphia by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Philadelphia sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Pittsburgh

— 3 nights

City of Bridges

Known primarily for its steel-related heritage and 446 bridges, Pittsburgh sits at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers, which meet to form the Ohio River.
Pittsburgh is known for museums, nature, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, get a new perspective on nature at Carnegie Museum of Natural History, wander the streets of Mount Washington, and take in the pleasant sights at North Shore River Park.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Pittsburgh trip planner.

You can fly from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Philadelphia in December, with highs in Pittsburgh at 6°C and lows at -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites

Gettysburg

— 4 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.
When in Gettysburg, make a side trip to see Rocky Ridge County Park in York, approximately York away. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Devils Den, pause for some photo ops at National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes, contemplate the long history of Little Round Top, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Gettysburg trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Pittsburgh to Gettysburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Gettysburg are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Washington DC.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Washington DC

— 6 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.
Go for a jaunt from Washington DC to Baltimore to see Horseshoe Casino about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, get a sense of history and politics at White House, take in nature's colorful creations at United States Botanic Garden, and examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Washington DC online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Gettysburg to Washington DC takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Gettysburg in January, expect nights in Washington DC to be about the same, around -1°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 7°C.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Casinos

Side Trip

Pennsylvania travel guide

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History Museums · Casinos · Specialty Museums
The Keystone State
One of the country's 13 original founding states, Pennsylvania contains a balance of modern cities and fertile fields. A rich and varied state with a colorful history dating back to colonial times, it remains a worthy holiday destination with its well-preserved 19th-century battle sites and memorial parks. This diverse land is home to pristine forests and rugged mountain regions. For an urban experience, visit the state's university cities, offering numerous tourist attractions as well as thriving music, performance, art, and culinary scenes. The region's Amish country provides a weekend getaway in a picturesque setting of quaint towns surrounded by rolling hills and fertile farmland.