Weekend Trips in the Historic Northeast
Discover the vibrant appeal of America’s oldest, biggest, and most historic cities on your next weekend trip. Just hop in the car or catch a train to iconic and beloved New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, or DC. Here are our favorite ways to spend a few days in these cities.
New York City
New Yorkers believe their city is the greatest in the world, and it may be true, considering the sheer number of things to experience.
- Get up-close and personal with many of history's most treasured artworks and artifacts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim, the Cloisters, and the New York Historical Society.
- Hit the streets to explore the unique neighborhood micro-cultures and vibes of Greenwich Village, the Upper West Side, Upper East Side, Soho, Chelsea, Harlem, Tribeca, and Times Square.
- Check out the most famous buildings in America, like the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, the Flatiron Building, the Chrysler Building, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Grand Central Terminal, and the Freedom Tower.
- Wander the city parks and green spaces such as Central Park, Flushing Meadows-Corona, Washington Square, the High Line, and Fort Tryon.
- Snap great pictures of icons like the Statue of Liberty, the big bridges (Brooklyn, George Washington, Verrazano-Narrows), Staten Island Ferry, Yankee Stadium, the Unisphere, and Rockefeller Plaza.
You can enjoy pretty much any kind of food, at almost any time of day, from an anonymous sidewalk hot dog cart to the most exclusive gourmet restaurants in the world—where you'll most definitely need to make reservations in advance.
As the birthplace of the American Revolution, Boston has taken great care to preserve historical landmarks such as the Paul Revere House, Boston Common, Old North Church, Faneuil Hall, and the USS Constitution, among many other sites.
- Sit down and eat: Boston has long been known for great seafood and talented chefs who know what to do with it. Dig into shore dinners, clambakes, lobster rolls, oysters, clam chowder, steamed clams and lobster, and shrimp prepared a hundred different ways.
- Visit the stunning and expansive Museum of Fine Arts.
- Tour the Samuel Adams® Brewery.
- Take a "backstage" tour of Fenway Park.
Philadelphia houses the most historic square mile in America—Independence Hall National Historic Park. Within this park, the artifacts and architecture of the early history of the United States are preserved.
- Visit the Liberty Bell Center, across from Independence Hall, where the Liberty Bell remains a symbol of freedom worldwide.
- Balance the past with the present by exploring Rittenhouse Square and the Reading Terminal's eateries and markets.
- Stroll past the historic homes of Society Hill and into hip South Street just beyond.
Washington, DC is compact, making it perfect for exploring on foot. The White House, Capitol building, National Mall, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, Washington Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and National World War II Memorial are just a few of the many attractions within a two-mile radius.
- Don’t miss the Smithsonian Institution—the world's largest museum complex, composed of 19 museums and the National Zoo.
- Join a tour that takes you to DC's most famous monuments after dark, when the lighting is awesomely dramatic.
- Pay your respects to those who gave all for our freedoms at Arlington National Cemetery, a deeply moving site.
Each of these historic cities is unique in its own way and can easily be explored in a weekend’s time. So, if you find yourself in the Northeast area of the US, be sure to spend a few days checking some of these to-do’s off the list. Ready to start mapping out your weekend trip? Contact a consultant now.