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

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

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Route & dates

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

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours and Bayard Cutting Arboretum. Get some cultural insight at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Dumbo. Go for a jaunt from New York City to Port Washington to see Sands Point Preserve about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral, wander the streets of Times Square, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and visit Greenwich Village.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our New York City online trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to New York City is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to New York City is minus 5 hours. In December, daytime highs in New York City are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trips

Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Sands Point Preserve, Dumbo
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Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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.
To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Philadelphia online journey 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. On the 5th (Thu), you'll travel to Washington DC.

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.
Head to R.H. Ballard Shop & Gallery and Torpedo Factory Art Centerfor plenty of shopping. Visit Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (in Harpers Ferry), Catoctin Creek Distillery (in Purcellville) and James Madison's Montpelier (in Montpelier Station). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery, admire the natural beauty at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Washington DC road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Washington DC takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Washington DC are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Catoctin Creek Distillery, James Madison's Montpelier, R.H. Ballard Shop & Gallery, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
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James Madison's Montpelier ©
James Madison's Montpelier
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park ©
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

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