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

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

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

Start: London
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
New York City
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Philadelphia
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Washington DC
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: London

2
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Greenwich Village and Washington Square Park. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St. Patrick's Cathedral and Sands Point Preserve. Take a break from New York City with a short trip to Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River, about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, settle in for a delightful tour with a horse-drawn carriage tour, wander the streets of Times Square, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our New York City trip itinerary site .

London, UK to New York City is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to New York City. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trips

Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Dumbo, Sands Point Preserve
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Times Square ©
Times Square
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral

1
night
Philadelphia

Philadelphia
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Philadelphia travel route planner .

Traveling by train from New York City to Philadelphia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Philadelphia can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. You will leave for Washington DC on the 5th (Thu).

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks Nightlife Fun & Games
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4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and James Madison's Montpelier. Let the collections at National Portrait Gallery and R.H. Ballard Shop & Gallery capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Washington DC side-trips: Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (in Harpers Ferry), Catoctin Creek Distillery (in Purcellville) and Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine (in Baltimore). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, get a taste of the local shopping with Torpedo Factory Art Center, examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Washington DC trip itinerary planning site .

Take a train from Philadelphia to Washington DC in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 3°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Torpedo Factory Art Center, Catoctin Creek Distillery, James Madison's Montpelier, R.H. Ballard Shop & Gallery, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
James Madison's Montpelier ©
James Madison's Montpelier

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