East Coast Highlights By Rail
Discover enchanting history in Washington D.C. and Boston, awe-inspiring New York and the underrated but equally special Philadelphia. On this Eastern Seaboard itinerary you’ll travel by Amtrak trains, so you can avoid navigating busy cities by car. Stay in luxury hotels and enjoy business class seats on board.
Suggested route & duration
Suggested duration 9 nights Washington D.C to Boston
• Washington D.C.: 2 nights
• Philadelphia: 2 nights
• New York: 3 nights
• Boston: 2 nights
About this independent tour
Why you’ll love this self-drive
• Visit the iconic white monuments of Washington D.C.
• Browse the boutiques and food stalls of Philadelphia, and see the famous cracked Liberty Bell
• Live life like a New York local in Brooklyn’s laid-back Williamsburg neighbourhood
• Stroll around Boston’s gorgeous leafy parks like Boston Common
• Get to your hotels quickly and easily from centrally located stations
Suggested self-drive details
Day 1: Washington D.C. See the monuments and soak up the cool vibes in the US capital. Stay 2 nights at Four Seasons Hotel Washington, D.C..
Day 3: Philadelphia Discover the artsy and foodie sides of lesser-visited Philadelphia. Stay 2 nights at The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia.
Day 5: New York See the classic sights and explore Manhattan’s and Brooklyn’s neighbourhoods. Stay 3 nights at Park Hyatt New York.
Day 8: Boston Experience red-brick history and charm in the birthplace of the American Revolution. Stay 2 nights at Four Seasons Hotel Boston.
Dominique Ansel Bakery
Head to SoHo in NYC and queue up for a Cronut
The ‘Rocky Steps’
Recreate the famous Rocky scene on the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s 72 stone steps
The Freedom Trail
See Boston’s highlights along this red-brick route, on your own or with a tour
Monuments by night
Hop on the bus tour included in The Sightseeing Pass to see D.C.’s moonlit marble
Tailor your tour
Make it your own
We’ve crafted this itinerary based on our own experiences and customers’ feedback. It’s fully flexible, so talk to us and we can create your perfect trip.
Where to stay
We’ve handpicked Four Seasons Hotel Boston for views over beautiful Boston Common and The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia, a grand downtown retreat in a former bank building which was built to resemble the Pantheon. These cities have loads of choice, so you can tweak this itinerary to suit your budget.
See D.C.’s Smithsonian Museums, cross Brooklyn Bridge and enjoy walking tours through NYC neighbourhoods like SoHo, Chinatown and Little Italy. Watch a baseball game at Boston Red Sox’s Fenway Park. The Sightseeing Pass includes some of these – it’s available in D.C., Philadelphia and NYC.
NYC is super diverse, particularly for first-timers, so we recommend at least three nights here. Spend an extra day in D.C. for more monuments and museums. If you have time for day trips, catch the ferry from Boston to Provincetown on Cape Cod or take a local train to Gloucester or Plymouth.
Head to Baltimore for laid-back waterfront living; check out Pittsburgh’s charming scenery; discover the ‘Windy City’ of Chicago on Lake Michigan’s shores; or visit Buffalo in upstate New York to see Niagara Falls. The Amtrak network is huge, so it’s easy to add one or more of these cities.
Good to know
When to go
• September to November is a great time to visit the USA Capital Region as the summer crowds disappear and temperatures are cooler
• New York is busiest and hottest from July to August, and winter temperatures can get very cold – we recommend travelling from April to June or September to early November
• The most popular time to visit Boston and New England is during the autumn ‘leaf-peeping’ season