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

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

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New York City
— 4 nights
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Philadelphia
— 2 nights
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Washington DC
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New York City — 4 nights

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Explore hidden gems such as Chelsea Market and Ground Zero Museum Workshop. Appreciate the collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and New York Public Library. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of SoHo, take in the pleasant sights at Times Square, stop by Dumbo, and examine the collection at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the New York City road trip planner.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiports are La Guardia Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and John F Kennedy International Airport. In September in New York City, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Philadelphia.
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Philadelphia — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Michener Art Museum, get engrossed in the history at Glencairn Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Boathouse Row. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Liberty Bell Center, appreciate the extensive heritage of Independence Mall, get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall, view the masterpieces at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, then see the interesting displays at Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Philadelphia travel planning website.

Traveling by train from New York City to Philadelphia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Washington DC.
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Washington DC — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of African American History and Culture, and then take a stroll through Old Town. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, then take in nature's colorful creations at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, then walk around National Gallery of Art - Sculpture Garden, and finally explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery.

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Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Washington DC takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
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