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

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

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

Start: New York City
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New York City
— 3 nights
2
Philadelphia
— 1 night
3
Washington DC
— 3 nights
End: Washington DC

3
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial. Ellis Island and St. Patrick's Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: make a trip to Central Park, learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History, explore the world behind art at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building.

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The Route module shows you travel options from your home to New York City. In September, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©

1
night
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary, admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art, then pause for some photo ops at Liberty Bell Center, then explore the galleries of Independence Hall, and finally steep yourself in history at Independence National Historical Park.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Philadelphia trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by bus from New York City to Philadelphia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September in Philadelphia, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Eastern State Penitentiary ©
Eastern State Penitentiary
Liberty Bell Center ©
Liberty Bell Center

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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.
Let the collections at National Air and Space Museum and National Gallery of Art capture your imagination. Visit Gettysburg National Military Park and Antietam National Battlefield for their historical value. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Washington National Cathedral, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, get to know the fascinating history of National Mall, and take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Washington DC day trip app .

You can take a train from Philadelphia to Washington DC in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Arlington, Gettysburg National Military Park, Antietam National Battlefield
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Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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