21 days in New York City & Philadelphia Itinerary

21 days in New York City & Philadelphia Itinerary

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21 days in New York City & Philadelphia Itinerary

Start: New York City
1
New York City
— 17 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Philadelphia
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
End: New York City

17
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 out of town with these interesting New York City side-trips: Bronx Zoo (in Bronx), Coney Island (in Brooklyn) and Bury The Hatchet Old Bridge - Axe Throwing (in Old Bridge). There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Central Park, admire the landmark architecture of Grand Central Terminal, don't miss a visit to 9/11 Memorial, and enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our New York City tour itinerary planning tool .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are La Guardia Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and John F Kennedy International Airport. In May, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Brooklyn, Bury The Hatchet Old Bridge - Axe Throwing, Bronx Zoo
Find places to stay May 5 — 22:
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

3
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
On the 23rd (Sat), get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall, then explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, and then admire the local landmark of Longwood Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Liberty Bell Center, get engrossed in the history at Eastern State Penitentiary, then admire the masterpieces at Barnes Foundation, and finally hunt for treasures at Reading Terminal Market.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Philadelphia road trip planner .

Traveling by train from New York City to Philadelphia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Philadelphia sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Harrah's Philadelphia, Longwood Gardens
Find places to stay May 22 — 25:
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Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall

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