4 days in Pennsylvania, New York State & West Virginia Itinerary

4 days in Pennsylvania, New York State & West Virginia Itinerary

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— 1 night
New York City
— 2 nights
Harpers Ferry



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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): see the interesting displays at The Franklin Institute, pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church, contemplate the long history of Powel House, then ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall, and finally stroll around Washington Square Park. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Liberty Bell Center, trek along Schuylkill River Trail, then explore the striking landscape of Valley Forge National Historical Park, and finally hike along The Mill at Anselma.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Philadelphia online holiday builder.

Washington DC to Philadelphia is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 44°F, and evening lows to 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to New York City.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

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New York City

— 2 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.
On the 19th (Sat), pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, take in the spiritual surroundings of Trinity Church, and then go for a walk through Central Park. On the next day, enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and then take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the New York City tour itinerary site.

You can take a train from Philadelphia to New York City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in February, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Harpers Ferry.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
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Harpers Ferry

With a population of less than 300, Harpers Ferry is as quaint as they come.
For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Harpers Ferry vacation planner.

You can fly from New York City to Harpers Ferry in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 45°F in February, and nighttime lows around 26°F. You'll set off for home on the 20th (Sun).

Things to do in Harpers Ferry

Wineries · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
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Pennsylvania travel guide

The Keystone State
One of the country's 13 original founding states, Pennsylvania contains a balance of modern cities and fertile fields. A rich and varied state with a colorful history dating back to colonial times, it remains a worthy holiday destination with its well-preserved 19th-century battle sites and memorial parks. This diverse land is home to pristine forests and rugged mountain regions. For an urban experience, visit the state's university cities, offering numerous tourist attractions as well as thriving music, performance, art, and culinary scenes. The region's Amish country provides a weekend getaway in a picturesque setting of quaint towns surrounded by rolling hills and fertile farmland.

New York State travel guide

The Empire State
Home to the country's most populous city, the state of New York is a major gateway for immigration into the United States, but also one of the nation's prime holiday destinations. Take a trip down the state's numerous wilderness trails and scenic roads to visit quaint small towns, sandy beaches, historical estates, and artist colonies. Though the majority of visitors head for the big-city restaurants, theaters, and museums, you can venture deeper into the rugged and remote mountain areas to discover a world of picturesque forests, rivers, mountains, and lakes. New York also boasts the nation's largest forest preserve, encompassing much of the northeastern lobe of the state.

West Virginia travel guide

Historic Sites · State Parks · Zipline
The Mountain State
Located entirely within the Appalachian Mountain region, the aptly nicknamed "Mountain State" represents the highest state east of the Mississippi River with an average elevation of about 460 m (1,500 ft) above sea level. With an official motto of "Mountaineers are always free," West Virginia is home to a fiercely independent people, proud of their state's rich natural resources, physical beauty, and traditional culture. The state is often overlooked by tourists, and its major attractions retain an off-the-beaten-path character and exemplify a laid-back pace of life. West Virginians like to describe their part of the country as both wild and wonderful, a claim you can easily test on a holiday here by filling your itinerary with exploration of the state's green mountains, white-water rivers, and historical small towns.