8 days in Lancaster, Hershey & Shenandoah National Park Itinerary

8 days in Lancaster, Hershey & Shenandoah National Park Itinerary

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8 days in Lancaster, Hershey & Shenandoah National Park Itinerary

New York City
Drive:  3​h
Lancaster
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
Hershey
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Shenandoah National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
New York City

3
days
Lancaster

Lancaster ©
The heart of Pennsylvania's famous "Dutch Country," Lancaster is one of the nation's oldest inland cities, founded in 1730.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lancaster: Longwood Gardens (in Kennett Square) and Hagley Museum and Library (in Wilmington). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Dutch Wonderland, go for a walk through Kitchen Kettle Village, contemplate the long history of The Amish Farm and House, and examine the collection at Ephrata Cloister.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lancaster trip planner.

New York City to Lancaster is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in September, plan for little chillier nights in Lancaster, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Hershey.

Things to do in Lancaster

#Museums, #Theme Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Longwood Gardens, Hagley Museum and Library, Ephrata Cloister, Bird in Hand Farmers Market
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Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens
Dutch Wonderland ©
Dutch Wonderland
The Amish Farm and House ©
The Amish Farm and House

3
days
Hershey

Hershey ©
Home of the Hershey Chocolate Company, the town of Hershey is regularly referred to as the sweetest place on earth.
Venture out of the city with trips to Gettysburg (Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center, Gettysburg National Military Park, & more). Pack the 3rd (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Hersheypark. There's still lots to do: get a sense of history and politics at Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Capitol Complex.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hershey road trip planning website .

You can drive from Lancaster to Hershey in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in October, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Hershey

#Theme Parks, #Historic Sites, #Tours

Side Trips

Gettysburg, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Capitol Complex
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Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center ©
Hersheypark ©
Hersheypark

2
days
Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park ©
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): stop by SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts and then stroll through Mary's Rock Summit Trail. Keep things going the next day: witness the site of a historic battle at New Market Battlefield Military Museum and then take a memorable drive along Skyline Drive.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Shenandoah National Park road trip planner.

You can drive from Hershey to Shenandoah National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

New Market Battlefield Military Museum, SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts
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Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts ©
SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts
Mary's Rock Summit Trail ©
Mary's Rock Summit Trail

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