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

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

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New York City
— 9 nights
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Philadelphia
— 7 nights
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Washington DC
— 7 nights
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New York City

— 9 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, admire the striking features of Rockefeller Center, and go for a walk through Central Park.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read New York City vacation planning tool.

Boston to New York City is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in December, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

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Philadelphia

— 7 nights

The City of Brotherly Love

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Philadelphia: Hagley Museum And Library (in Wilmington), Brandywine River Museum of Art (in Chadds Ford) and Longwood Gardens (in Kennett Square). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, browse the eclectic array of goods at Reading Terminal Market, examine the collection at Please Touch Museum, and gain insight at Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Education Center.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Philadelphia day trip planner.

You can take a train from New York City to Philadelphia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in December, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

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Washington DC

— 7 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Washington DC side-trips: Baltimore (The Walters Art Museum & Sagamore Spirit Distillery). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral, and examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Washington DC road trip planner.

Take a train from Philadelphia to Washington DC in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 44°F in January, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

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