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

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

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

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Washington DC
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Philadelphia
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
3
New York City
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Atlanta

3
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like National Air and Space Museum and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. There's still lots to do: stroll through National Zoological Park, ponder the world of politics at White House, contemplate the waterfront views at Tidal Basin, and appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Washington DC sightseeing tool .

Atlanta to Washington DC is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Zoological Park ©
National Zoological Park
Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin

1
night
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): enjoy some music at Longwood Gardens and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wissahickon Valley Park. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Independence Hall, then stroll through Franklin Square, and then stroll through Philadelphia Zoo.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Philadelphia attractions planner .

You can take a train from Washington DC to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Philadelphia are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to New York City.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks Nightlife Classes

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Longwood Gardens
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Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens
Philadelphia Zoo ©
Philadelphia Zoo
Franklin Square ©
Franklin Square

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Central Park and Statue of Liberty National Monument. Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Chapel, see the interesting displays at New York Public Library, and admire the landmark architecture of Rockefeller Center.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the New York City trip planner .

Take a bus from Philadelphia to New York City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. July in New York City sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 72°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Tours
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Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

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