best of east coast in 4 days

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1. Posted by ianski75 (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

we are a group of inpats from philippines and trying to maximize our US assignment by going around. we are currently assigned in new mexico and planning to have an east coast trip. our initial plan is below and i am not sure if 4 days is enough and it would not sacrifice the quality of the tour. our main objective is just to cover as much, take pictures of popular places, and move on...

Friday - Boston
Saturday - New York/New Jersey
Sunday - Philadelphia
Mon-Tue - Washington D.C.

also, any particular recommendations of places NOT to miss on these areas?


2. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2004 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I don't think you are aware of the distances between these cities. For example, travel by car from Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia is a minimum of 6 hours--more on the weekends or on holidays. Heck, it can take you 2 hours just to get across New York City itself.

If all you want to do is drive, take pictures and move on--it can be done in 4-5 days--I just don't know why you would want to do it that way.

For example, in Washington, D.C.--wouldn't you want to see the Capitol, the Space Museum, the Lincoln Memorial, the White House, the Washington Monument, the National Mall, and maybe eat outside at the fish market down by the Potomac--and actually enjoy the trip?

In New York, wouldn't you want to see Times Square, Rockefeller Center, the Statue of Liberty, shop a bit, maybe go to a Yankees baseball game, etc.?

Moving as fast as you are planning kind of takes the fun out of it all.

Nevertheless, if that's how you want to do it--enjoy your trip.

3. Posted by ianski75 (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

ey, thanks for the advice... i guess when my friend thought about this, we did not consider travel time could be that bad and i hv seen some tour actually for 4-5 days covering these cities but i agree that you would not be able to really experience the place if we just breeze through these places...

what would you recommend then if we were to spend 4 days in east coast we should visit? i am assuming it would hv to be new york and washington dc since i think they represent USA

4. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 438 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Actually the times between the cities aren't quite that bad..

Boston to NY 200 miles (3-4 hours without traffic)
NY - Philly 93 miles (1.5-2.5 hours)
Philly to DC 120 miles (2-3 hours)

but you'd have a miserable time trying to cram all this in.

in all truth.. 4 days won't even cover one of these places (well maybe Philly) I'd suggest New York or DC.. both if you really need to.

in any case have fun.

5. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

i am assuming it would hv to be new york and washington dc since i think they represent USA

Ide say if theres ONE city in America that DOESNT represent the USA its NYC. But saying that... 4 days in 2 cities then ide still recommend NYC and DC.

NYC is a global city but is one place everyone should see. DC has all our history and museums that u should see. Im from Boston so would recommend that city - BUT from a tourist perspective who has 2 days in each city - NYC and DC are your choice.

6. Posted by jodib (Budding Member 32 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I live outside Boston, and think Boston is great to visit- lots of history and scenary here. I DONT think of DC and NYC as representative of the entire country at ALL, but they are very interesting places to visit...depends what you enjoy as to where to go in you enjoy music played on the street? Washington Square Park and Battery Park, as well as various subway stops can be interesting- eating...all over! Museums- ther are many in Manhattan of various descriptions...just walking around manhattan is great, Central Park, etc... I assume u dont have time for Brooklyn etc., but the Staten Isalnd Ferry is fun ( and cheap)...also the sites mentioned by previous poster....

DC I dont know as well, but the sites mentioned sound like a could spend days in the museums alone there!

It is a 4 hour busride or car ride from boston to NY, another few hours to Philly and a couple more beyond that to DC...I lived in Philly and that would probably be the last of the 4 on my list of those cities u mentioned...