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

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

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

Start: New York City
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New York City
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
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Philadelphia
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Washington DC
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
End: New York City

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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.
On the 18th (Tue), take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, then take a stroll through Times Square, then admire the striking features of Rockefeller Center, and finally take some stellar pictures from Top of the Rock. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial and then take in the pleasant sights at Central Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City trip planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to New York City. In February, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

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Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
Top of the Rock ©
Top of the Rock

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Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
On the 20th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, contemplate the long history of Independence Hall, and then have some family-friendly fun at Urban Axes Philadelphia.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Philadelphia day trip planning app.

Getting from New York City to Philadelphia by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February in Philadelphia, expect temperatures between 44°F during the day and 29°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

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Urban Axes Philadelphia ©
Urban Axes Philadelphia
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts ©
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall

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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.
On the 21st (Fri), explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, then appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and finally pause for some photo ops at Washington Monument.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Washington DC tour itinerary planning app.

Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Washington DC takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

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National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
Washington Monument ©
Washington Monument

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