18 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

18 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

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18 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
Fly:  15​h
Philadelphia
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
Lancaster
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Gettysburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
Erie
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Pittsburgh
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Cardiff

5
days
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Longwood Gardens and The Franklin Institute. Explore Philadelphia's surroundings by going to Valley Forge National Historical Park (in Valley Forge) and Sesame Place (in Langhorne). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Independence Hall, examine the collection at Please Touch Museum, make a trip to Franklin Square, and admire the masterpieces at Rodin Museum.

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Cardiff, UK to Philadelphia is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cardiff to Philadelphia is minus 5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cardiff in July: high temperatures in Philadelphia hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Lancaster.

Things to do in Philadelphia

#Museums, #Parks, #Theme Parks

Side Trips

Sesame Place, Valley Forge National Historical Park, Longwood Gardens
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Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens
The Franklin Institute ©
The Franklin Institute

2
days
Lancaster

Lancaster ©
The heart of Pennsylvania's famous "Dutch Country," Lancaster is one of the nation's oldest inland cities, founded in 1730.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Hersheypark. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at The Amish Farm and House and then find something for the whole family at Dutch Wonderland.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Lancaster trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Lancaster takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Philadelphia in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Lancaster, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Lancaster

#Theme Parks, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hersheypark
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Hersheypark ©
Hersheypark
Dutch Wonderland ©
Dutch Wonderland
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The Amish Farm and House

2
days
Gettysburg

Gettysburg ©
Located near the memorial park marking the site of one of the largest Civil War battles, the town of Gettysburg sits in a landscape of rolling green hills with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): get your game on at Victorian Photography Studio, stroll the grounds of Gettysburg National Cemetery, take in the history at Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides, then get engrossed in the history at Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center, and finally take in the history at Gettysburg National Military Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): stop by The Lion Potter of Gettysburg, contemplate the long history of Eisenhower National Historic Site, then snap pictures at Sachs Covered Bridge, and finally learn about all things military at Gettysburg Museum of History.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Gettysburg online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Lancaster to Gettysburg in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Gettysburg can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Erie.

Things to do in Gettysburg

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks
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Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Victorian Photography Studio ©
Victorian Photography Studio
Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center ©

2
days
Erie

Erie ©
Erie boasts a state park, casino, and racetrack all with the name Presque Isle.
On the 3rd (Fri), stroll through Presque Isle State Park. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Experience Childrens Museum, then don't miss a visit to Port Erie Bicentennial Tower, and then find something for the whole family at Waldameer Park & Water World.

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Traveling by car from Gettysburg to Erie takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. Traveling from Gettysburg in August, expect nights in Erie to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are little chillier, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Erie

#Theme Parks, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trip

Presque Isle Wine Cellars
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Waldameer Park & Water World ©
Waldameer Park & Water World
Presque Isle State Park ©
Presque Isle State Park

4
days
Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh ©
Known primarily for its steel-related heritage and 446 bridges, Pittsburgh sits at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers, which meet to form the Ohio River.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Kennywood Park and Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pittsburgh: Fallingwater (in Mill Run) and Ohiopyle State Park (in Ohiopyle). The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at PNC Park, admire the natural beauty at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Washington, and take a stroll through The Strip District.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Pittsburgh online trip maker .

You can drive from Erie to Pittsburgh in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Pittsburgh can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Theme Parks

Side Trips

Ohiopyle State Park, Fallingwater, Kennywood Park
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Kennywood Park ©
Kennywood Park
Ohiopyle State Park ©
Ohiopyle State Park

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