7 days in Philadelphia & Springfield Itinerary

7 days in Philadelphia & Springfield Itinerary

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7 days in Philadelphia & Springfield Itinerary

Start: New York City
train:  1​h 30​min
1
Philadelphia
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Springfield
— 3 nights
Fly + foot:  6​h 30​min
End: New York City

3
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Get some historical perspective at Independence Hall and City Hall. Visiting Valley Forge National Historical Park and Independence National Historical Park will get you outdoors. Explore Philadelphia's surroundings by going to Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library (in Winterthur) and Longwood Gardens (in Kennett Square). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art, examine the collection at Mutter Museum, don't miss a visit to Liberty Bell Center, and take a stroll through Society Hill.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Philadelphia trip itinerary planner .

New York City to Philadelphia is an approximately 1.5-hour bus ride. You can also take a train; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Longwood Gardens, Valley Forge National Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens

3
nights
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Step out of the city life by going to Lincoln Home National Historic Site and Lincoln Memorial Garden. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and Dana-Thomas House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Old State Capitol, appreciate the history behind Illinois Korean War Memorial, take an in-depth tour of Union Station - Lincoln from History to Hollywood, and admire the striking features of Elijah Iles House.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Springfield sightseeing planning website .

Getting from Philadelphia to Springfield by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Philadelphia to Springfield. Traveling from Philadelphia in November, Springfield is slightly colder at night with lows of 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln Home National Historic Site ©
Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House

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