3 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

3 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

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3 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

Columbus
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Philadelphia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Gettysburg
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
Columbus

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Philadelphia

Philadelphia
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): get a sense of history and politics at City Hall, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, then view the masterpieces at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, and finally take a stroll through Rittenhouse Square.

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Columbus to Philadelphia is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Columbus in October since evenings lows in Philadelphia dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Gettysburg.

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City Hall ©
City Hall
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

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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 14th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Eisenhower National Historic Site, take in the history at Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides, and then take an in-depth tour of Jennie Wade House. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the history at Confederate Trails of Gettysburg, then take an in-depth tour of Shriver House Museum, and then learn about all things military at Gettysburg Museum of History.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Gettysburg tour planner.

Traveling by car from Philadelphia to Gettysburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. October in Gettysburg sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive back home.

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Eisenhower National Historic Site
Eisenhower National Historic Site
Shriver House Museum ©
Shriver House Museum

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