8 days in Washington DC & Philadelphia Itinerary

8 days in Washington DC & Philadelphia Itinerary

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8 days in Washington DC & Philadelphia Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
1
Washington DC
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Philadelphia
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Washington DC
— 3 nights
End: Washington DC

2
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Antietam National Battlefield and National City Christian Church. Get a sense of the local culture at National Air and Space Museum and Tomb of the Unknowns. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, pause for some photo ops at National World War II Memorial, and see the interesting displays at The National Archives Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Washington DC travel route planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Washington DC. In March, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Antietam National Battlefield
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
Antietam National Battlefield ©
Antietam National Battlefield
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Philadelphia travel route planning website .

You can take a train from Washington DC to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time for the train ride to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Green Lane Nature Center
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Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Masonic Temple ©
Masonic Temple

3
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and then appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Newseum, then learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Georgetown University.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Washington DC trip site .

Getting from Philadelphia to Washington DC by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Arlington National Cemetery

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