9 days in Philadelphia, Washington DC & Williamsburg Itinerary

9 days in Philadelphia, Washington DC & Williamsburg Itinerary

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9 days in Philadelphia, Washington DC & Williamsburg Itinerary

Start: New York City
Train:  1​h 45​min
1
Philadelphia
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Williamsburg
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​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 Valley Forge National Historical Park and Independence National Historical Park. Appreciate the collections at Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania and Rodin Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Philadelphia: Kitchen Kettle Village (in Intercourse) and Dutch Wonderland (in Lancaster). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, pause for some photo ops at Liberty Bell Center, and engage your brain at The Franklin Institute.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Philadelphia planning app .

New York City to Philadelphia is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Kitchen Kettle Village, Valley Forge National Historical Park, Dutch Wonderland
Highlights from your plan
Dutch Wonderland ©
Dutch Wonderland
Independence National Historical Park ©
Valley Forge National Historical Park ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of National Portrait Gallery, then see the interesting displays at Smithsonian Institution, then examine the collection at National Archives Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Phillips Collection. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): brush up on your military savvy at US Naval Academy Foundation, take a stroll through Old Town, and then get to know the fascinating history of Tomb of the Unknowns.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Washington DC online route planner .

Take a train from Philadelphia to Washington DC in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Old Town, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, U.S. Naval Academy
Highlights from your plan
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
U.S. Naval Academy ©
U.S. Naval Academy

3
nights
Williamsburg

Williamsburg ©
Founded in 1632 as a fortified settlement on the high ground between two rivers, Williamsburg served as a colonial capital of Virginia for over 80 years.
Museum-lovers will get to explore American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and Colonial Williamsburg. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Yorktown Battlefield and Bruton Parish Episcopal Church. Take a break from Williamsburg with a short trip to Kings Dominion in Doswell, about 1h 30 min away. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 29th (Sun) at Water Country USA. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, steep yourself in history at Governor's Palace, and savor the flavors at The Peanut Shop of Williamsburg.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Williamsburg day trip planner .

You can drive from Washington DC to Williamsburg in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. July in Williamsburg sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Yorktown, Kings Dominion
Highlights from your plan
American Revolution Museum at Yorktown ©
Governor's Palace ©
Governor's Palace
Yorktown Battlefield ©
Yorktown Battlefield

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