We are a couple from Europe making a 3 weeks trip to the US. We'll be staying in NYC the first 5 days (24 to 29 july) and then 2 days in D.C (31 July and august 1st), before taking a flight to California from DC on august 2nd.
We want to go from NYC to Washington on the 29th and stay a night somewhere on the road, and leave the car in DC on the 30th at night. So it would be almost 2 entire days.
We have seen 2 major options: Philadelphia or some beach town in Delaware. I know the 2 options are very different (historical city or beach), but we like both options equally. My doubts would be more about convenience (car acess, traffic, hours driving, etc..).
So the question would be, considering we like both options equally, what would you suggest us to do ? Either go from NY to Philadelphia, and spend the full day and night there and leave for DC the next day in the evening. Or go from NY to some Delaware beach town (Rehoboth, Bethany, etc..) ?
I know that we would have to drive much more if we take the second option, that's why i also wanted to know if there are other nice beach towns/areas between NYC and DC that we could go, and that would require less driving than delware (maybe in NJ or Maryland) ?
Please don't answer if you're going to tell that both options are very different...we already know that. It's a very short stay and we like both options. What we'd like to know is if it would be more convenient one or the other in matters of practicality,better roads, less driving,etc... (i don't know how is traffic in Philadelphia...).
Another option would have been taking a train from NYC to Philadelphia and then the next day from Ph to DC, but the Amtrak website says that we can't take any big luggage (and we'll be carrying to 2 relatively big luggages for a 3 week trip...the ones we check in on planes), so it's not an option.
We're open to any suggestion
Thanks in advance