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

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

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Philadelphia
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Washington DC
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New York City

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and Brooklyn Heights Promenade. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Ground Zero Museum Workshop are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of New York City to go to Hyde Park and see Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, examine the collection at New York Public Library, and explore the world behind art at Frick Collection.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the New York City trip planner.

San Francisco to New York City is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway, train, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 3 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in December; daily highs in New York City reach 48°F and lows reach 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods

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Philadelphia

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Independence National Historical Park and Valley Forge National Historical Park. Appreciate the collections at Philadelphia Museum of Art and Eastern State Penitentiary. Change things up with a short trip to Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford (about 44 minutes away). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Barnes Foundation, pause for some photo ops at Liberty Bell Center, contemplate the long history of Powel House, and ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Philadelphia road trip website.

You can take a train from New York City to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Philadelphia, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Arlington National Cemetery and Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Let the collections at Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Gallery of Art capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to National Museum of the Marine Corps (in Triangle) and Gettysburg (Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center & Gettysburg National Military Park). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and admire the natural beauty at United States Botanic Garden.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Washington DC online trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Philadelphia to Washington DC in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 51°F during the day and 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

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