4 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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Princeton — 1 day

College Town

Best known as the home of Princeton University, the town of Princeton centers around the Ivy League school and its stone, vine-covered buildings.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): experience rural life at Shady Brook Farm, then steep yourself in history at Washington Crossing Historic Park, then deepen your understanding at Princeton University, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Princeton University Chapel.

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Newark to Princeton is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Princeton are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Philadelphia.
Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks
Side Trips

Philadelphia — 1 night

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.
On the 27th (Tue), ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall, gain insight at Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Education Center, get into the urban bustle at Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, then get a sense of history and politics at City Hall Visitor Center, then hunt for treasures at Reading Terminal Market, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at King of Prussia Mall.

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Getting from Princeton to Philadelphia by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or ride a tram. In December, daily temperatures in Philadelphia can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Washington DC.
Shopping · Historic Sites · Nightlife
Side Trip

Washington DC — 1 night

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 28th (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at United States Capitol, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, then appreciate the history behind Washington Monument, then pause for some photo ops at Jefferson Memorial, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Washington National Cathedral.

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Take a train from Philadelphia to Washington DC in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to fly to New York City.
Museums · Historic Sites

New York City — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): contemplate the long history of 9/11 Memorial, take a stroll through Times Square, then admire the landmark architecture of Rockefeller Center, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building.

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Getting from Washington DC to New York City by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

New Jersey travel guide

Casinos · Beaches · Shopping Malls
The Garden State
Often overshadowed by its legendary neighbor, New York, New Jersey holds its own as a land of thriving industrial cities, sprawling farmland, and lively coastal towns. Called the Garden State, New Jersey is a hub of entertainment and cultural attractions for the east coast, from the famous sandy beaches and carnival-like atmosphere of the Jersey Shore to alluring Atlantic City, the Las Vegas of the east. New Jersey also boasts a wealth of historical places to visit, including battle sites and memorials, such as George Washington's Revolutionary War headquarters.

Pennsylvania travel guide

Specialty Museums · Casinos · History 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.

New York State travel guide

Observation Decks · Scenic Walking Areas · Historic Sites
The Empire State
Home to the country's most populous city, the state of New York is a major gateway for immigration into the United States, but also one of the nation's prime holiday destinations. Take a trip down the state's numerous wilderness trails and scenic roads to visit quaint small towns, sandy beaches, historical estates, and artist colonies. Though the majority of visitors head for the big-city restaurants, theaters, and museums, you can venture deeper into the rugged and remote mountain areas to discover a world of picturesque forests, rivers, mountains, and lakes. New York also boasts the nation's largest forest preserve, encompassing much of the northeastern lobe of the state.