12 days in Philadelphia, New York City & Boston Itinerary

12 days in Philadelphia, New York City & Boston Itinerary

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12 days in Philadelphia, New York City & Boston Itinerary

Start: Pisa
+2
train + shuttle + Fly:  15​h
1
Philadelphia
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
New York City
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h
3
Boston
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Pisa

3
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Visit Independence National Historical Park and City Hall Visitor Center for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Independence Hall and Philadelphia Museum of Art. Step out of Philadelphia to go to Valley Forge and see Valley Forge National Historical Park, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary, admire the masterpieces at Rodin Museum, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and appreciate the history behind Liberty Bell Center.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Philadelphia trip planning tool .

Pisa, Italy to Philadelphia is an approximately 15-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Pisa to Philadelphia. In September, daily temperatures in Philadelphia can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can take a train to New York City.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Historic Sites Parks

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Valley Forge National Historical Park
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Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Valley Forge National Historical Park ©
Independence National Historical Park ©

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at St. Patrick's Cathedral and Greenwich Village. Get some historical perspective at The Met Cloisters and Brooklyn Heights Promenade. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Washington Square Park, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, explore the world behind art at Frick Collection, and examine the collection at New York Public Library.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our New York City visit planner.

Getting from Philadelphia to New York City by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Boston.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Brooklyn Heights Promenade
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The Met Cloisters ©
The Met Cloisters
Brooklyn Heights Promenade ©
Brooklyn Heights Promenade
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St. Patrick's Cathedral

5
nights
Boston

Boston ©
Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
Get some historical perspective at Cliff Walk and Nubble Lighthouse. Step off the beaten path and head to Museum of Fine Arts and Old North Church & Historic Site. Change things up with these side-trips from Boston: Newport (The Elms & St. Mary's Catholic Church) and Portsmouth (Strawbery Banke Museum & John Paul Jones House). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, contemplate the long history of Granary Burying Ground, wander the streets of Beacon Hill, and ponder the world of politics at Old State House.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Boston day trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to Boston in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from New York City in September, with highs in Boston at 28°C and lows at 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Boston

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Newport, Portsmouth, Nubble Lighthouse
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North End ©
North End
The Elms
The Elms
Nubble Lighthouse ©
Nubble Lighthouse

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