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Old 06-23-2015, 10:12 AM
 
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A few friends and I were planning on taking a mini upper east coast trip.
We'd be flying from Miami to DC on 09/15 and leaving NYC on 09/19

We'd be renting a car and plan on hitting Baltimore and Philly in between.
Is this trip doable, or is it too much for such a short time?
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Old 06-23-2015, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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DC, Baltimore, Philly and NYC in 4 days??

Not enough time
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Old 06-23-2015, 10:17 AM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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Doable "Yes" but all your will see is one thing in each city.

You need at least two full day in BAL, 3 in Philly, 4 in NYC minimum ,

I would also suggest Taking AmTrak between cities. The Drop charge on the rental Car will be BIG, Plus Parking in each city, and in city you won't use car anyway.
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Old 06-23-2015, 10:20 AM
 
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What about just Philly and NYC? We've all been to DC, so we know what to expect. And Baltimore isn't something we NEED to see.
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Old 06-23-2015, 10:21 AM
 
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Doable "Yes" but all your will see is one thing in each city.

You need at least two full day in BAL, 3 in Philly, 4 in NYC minimum ,

I would also suggest Taking AmTrak between cities. The Drop charge on the rental Car will be BIG, Plus Parking in each city, and in city you won't use car anyway.
We actually got a really good deal on the car $280. No drop charge to leave in NYC.
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Old 06-23-2015, 10:36 AM
 
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This is more than doable and I recommend it. If you just want to see the basic sights in Baltimore, Philly, and DC, 2 days is enough for that. And 1-2 days are fine for NYC to get a taste of it. Note, most people who live in NYC haven't "done it all." Note, as far as driving goes, the drive from DC to NYC is 4-5 hours. And the other cities are all in between the two destinations.
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Old 06-23-2015, 10:44 AM
 
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Doable "Yes" but all your will see is one thing in each city.

You need at least two full day in BAL, 3 in Philly, 4 in NYC minimum ,

I would also suggest Taking AmTrak between cities. The Drop charge on the rental Car will be BIG, Plus Parking in each city, and in city you won't use car anyway.
This!
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Old 06-23-2015, 10:53 AM
 
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What about just Philly and NYC? We've all been to DC, so we know what to expect. And Baltimore isn't something we NEED to see.
You could fly into PHL from MIA and be seeing the sights by 10:00 am. The next evening there's a train around 9:00 pm that gets you into NYP around 10:30, get a good night's sleep and spend two days in NYC taking the last flight out of EWR or LGA which will be around 8:00 pm.
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Old 06-23-2015, 11:27 AM
 
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Though the train is doable, keep in mind that the OP said they'd be traveling with "a few friends." It would probably be more economical to put themselves all into the same car, instead of buying separate train tickets.

As to whether the OP's intended itinerary is "doable," it obviously depends on how much (or how little) they want to see. In Baltimore, for example, if they just pulled off the highway, had lunch at the Inner Harbor, then resumed driving, they would have at least seen something of the city, and only lost a couple of hours in the process.

Also, when traveling to the next city up the line, they should try to drive between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., or after 6:30 p.m. That way, they'd travel between the cities during non-peak periods, when the traffic generally moves better. Be warned: on I-95, the tolls start in Baltimore and just keep right on going, straight on up to New York.
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Old 06-23-2015, 11:38 AM
 
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The car may seem like a great deal, but you will at least double that with parking. Baltimore is the cheapest for parking, and it's going to be $12-$25 dollars for the day for the main tourist neighborhoods. Then there's the cost of gas, and the very real potential for minor damage driving around congested cities (damage that most residents accept, but that will be costly for a rental). It's also frankly a miserable experience, IMHO. Cramped in a car, it will still be pretty hot in mid-September, and you will likely get stuck in traffic at least once (Hello, Delaware!), if not more.

It's early enough to get saver tickets for Amtrak, especially since you're going after Labor Day. Will a group of 3-4 people, you will be able to get a set of four seats facing each other, or possible a table in the cafe car. If you're willing to sacrifice time for money, you can use Septa and NJ Transit to get from Philadelphia to NYC. No matter what, you should use MARC for the DC-Baltimore leg - only $7 per person, and almost as fast as the Amtrak regional.

So, $7 per person from DC to Baltimore, takes 1 hour (edit: just remembered the impending fare increase, MARC will be $8/person in September)
$35 per person from Baltimore to Philadelphia, takes an 1.25 hours
$19 per person from Philadelphia to NYC on Septa/NJ Transit, takes 2.5 hours (or $41 per person on Amtrak, takes 1.5 hours)

That's $61 per person, $244 total ($83 and $332 if you use Amtrak for the Philadelphia/NYC leg).
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