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

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

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1
New York City
— 6 nights
2
Philadelphia
— 3 nights
3
Washington DC
— 4 nights

6
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.
9/11 Memorial and Ellis Island will appeal to museum buffs. Visit St. Patrick's Cathedral and The National Arts Club for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Fifth Avenue, look for gifts at The Strand Bookstore, admire the landmark architecture of Empire State Building, and get some fabulous bargains at GemsNY.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City online road trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to New York City is an approximately 23-hour flight. Traveling from Brisbane to New York City, you'll gain 15 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Brisbane, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in New York City, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
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9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©
American Museum of Natural History
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

3
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Ephrata Cloister and Rosenbach Museum and Library. Visit Elfreth's Alley and Todd House for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Philadelphia: Good's Store (in East Earl), Pine Hills Antique Mall (in Reinholds) and Kitchen Kettle Village (in Intercourse). And it doesn't end there: hunt for treasures at Reading Terminal Market, walk around Washington Square Park, browse the collection at Masonic Temple, and pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Philadelphia driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from New York City to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Philadelphia can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can catch the train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ephrata Cloister, Good's Store, Pine Hills Antique Mall, Kitchen Kettle Village, Pete's Produce Farm at Westtown School
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Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Eastern State Penitentiary ©
Eastern State Penitentiary
Rodin Museum ©
Rodin Museum

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Washington National Cathedral. Do your shopping at Eastern Market and Madame Tussauds DC. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, view the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art - Sculpture Garden, get to know the resident critters at National Zoological Park, and stop by Politics and Prose.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Washington DC travel website.

You can take a train from Philadelphia to Washington DC in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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