- How to get there: it is easier and faster to go by train. From Penn Station there are trains every half hour, it takes 90 minutes, but the cheapest price exceeds $ 100 per round trip. Bus hardly takes 2 hours each way and you can find tickets from $ 12 round trip, check Megabus.
- Getting around: from the bus station you can get to the main sights on foot.
- What to see. According to my preferences:
- Art Museum. Of course, because here the famous Rocky scene was filmed, while running up the stairs. There is a statue of the character at the bottom of it. The walk to here from the center is nice, and at the back of the museum there are a park and a riverwalk. How is inside the museum? No idea.
- City Hall. It is magnificent, though three-quarters of it are not well appreciated as there are too many buildings nearby. You can take guided tours.
- The Independence Hall. Where the famous Liberty Bell is. I only recommend it for history lovers or very patriotic Americans.
- Eating: Personally, I think the best of Philadelphia is its famous cheestake. I’m not passionate about food, but this giant beef, cheese and onion sandwich leads one to heaven. The best place to try it, and an attraction itself, is the Reading Terminal Market.
It deserves more than a day, as there are more attractions than in Philadelphia, and takes twice as long to arrive. Best of Washington is that its main attractions are all for free.
- How to get there: again the train is faster and more convenient but apart from before 5 am, the minimum price is $ 88 each way. By bus it takes 4 hours and costs from $ 40.
- Getting around: areas of interest are nearby, you can visit them on foot, with the exception of Georgetown, where you should go by public transport.
- What to see:
- Smithsonian museums. Museum lovers have their paradise here, they can spend a week in Washington DC. They are all free, and its quality is indisputable. I recommend the Air and Space Museum and the Holocaust Museum, since there are no other similar ones in New York of such category.
- The National Mall. It is a rectangular walk 3 km long (technically the Mall finishs at G. Washington monument). At one end it is the Capitol and opposite the Lincoln Memorial and the reflecting pool. Almost all Smithsonian museums are in their margins, and is full of war memorials and monuments honoring significant presidents. It is especially recommended a visit during cherry blossoms and in autumn. In winter, being an esplanade with hardly any places where shelter, it’s usually windy and cold and the walk is not that nice.
- The White House is north of the Mall, western of the Washington Monument.
- Georgetown. It is a university campus northwest of the city. It is the same style as Columbia in Manhattan, though in my opinion the main building and the site of Georgetown make this a more attractive campus.
It is unforgivable, but I’ve never been to Boston. I planned to go three times already and so far I’ve always had to cancel it.
New Jersey outlets are really worthy if one is determined to buy, as the buses to arrive are expensive and it takes a while to get there. Once there, it’s easy to find discount of almost 50% compared to Manhattan prices. The best known and closest is Jersey Gardens. The 111 bus ticket costs $ 14 round trip from Port Authority and takes almost 40 minutes one way.