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: San Diego
+2
Fly + bus + train:  7​h 30​min
1
Washington DC
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Philadelphia
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
3
New York City
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: San Diego

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and The National Archives Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and National Portrait Gallery. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Tidal Basin, admire the landmark architecture of Washington National Cathedral, and take an in-depth tour of Newseum.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Washington DC route maker tool .

San Diego to Washington DC is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or drive. Traveling from San Diego to Washington DC, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Washington DC, with highs around 89°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Nature Historic Sites
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ©
The National Archives Museum ©
The National Archives Museum

1
night
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
On the 31st (Wed), get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall, browse the eclectic array of goods at Reading Terminal Market, explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, then stroll through Kelly Drive, and finally take a stroll through Rittenhouse Square.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Philadelphia trip maker .

Traveling by train from Washington DC to Philadelphia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can take a train to New York City.

Things to do in Philadelphia

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Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Reading Terminal Market ©
Reading Terminal Market

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.
Get some historical perspective at 9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Get some cultural insight at Fifth Avenue and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Take a break from New York City with a short trip to Bronx Zoo in Bronx, about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Times Square, get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and examine the collection at New York Public Library.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the New York City online trip planner .

You can take a train from Philadelphia to New York City in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. July in New York City sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Bronx Zoo
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9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
American Museum of Natural History ©

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