New York City is a fascinating destination in itself, but you can easily enhance your trip by heading there via a leisurely road trip rather than a straight-shot drive. There are so many New England highlights in the surrounding area that you can craft nearly any type of getaway as you make your way toward the Big Apple. Try this intriguing itinerary for some added fun on the way to NYC.
Drive Time from Washington DC to New York City: approximately 4 hours
Distance from Washington DC to New York City: approximately 225 miles
Day 1: The drive from Washington, DC to Baltimore covers 38.5 miles in about an hour via the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and MD-295.
Day 3: Just 33 miles from Wilmington on I-95, you'll find Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love. This is a must-see for history buffs. If you're fascinated by America's past, plan plenty of time to explore highlights like the Liberty Bell Center, National Constitution Center, and Independence National Historic Park. Independence Hall is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can see the inkstand used to sign the Declaration of Independence and the Assembly Room set up just as it was for the Constitutional Convention.
Day 4: The last leg of your journey is the longest, but still comes in under two hours, covering 94 miles via I-95. You can follow up on your history lesson from Philadelphia with a visit to the Statue of Liberty and New York Historical Society on arrival, or extend your art-themed road trip with visits to the Museum of Modern Art and Guggenheim Art Museum. Whatever you're looking for, New York City is a final destination that's sure to deliver.