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

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

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New York City
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Philadelphia
— 2 nights
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Washington DC
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New York City — 4 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.
Head to SoHo and Chelsea Marketfor plenty of shopping. Discover out-of-the-way places like Greenwich Village and Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, settle in for a delightful tour with a horse-drawn carriage tour, steep yourself in history at 9/11 Memorial, and take a stroll through Times Square.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to New York City. In April in New York City, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Philadelphia.
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Philadelphia — 2 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.
On the 6th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Michener Art Museum, examine the collection at Glencairn Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Eastern State Penitentiary, and finally take a stroll through Boathouse Row. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Liberty Bell Center, appreciate the extensive heritage of Independence Mall, steep yourself in history at Independence Hall, take in the exciting artwork at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, then examine the collection at Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

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Take a train from New York City to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in April, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can take a train to Washington DC.
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Washington DC — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of African American History and Culture, and then wander the streets of Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, admire the masterpieces at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, then view the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art - Sculpture Garden, and finally get engrossed in the history at National Portrait Gallery.

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Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Washington DC takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 49°F.
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