10 days in Pennsylvania Dutch Country & Philadelphia Itinerary

10 days in Pennsylvania Dutch Country & Philadelphia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Pennsylvania holiday planner

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Lancaster
— 2 nights
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Philadelphia
— 7 nights
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Lancaster

— 2 nights

Red Rose City

The heart of Pennsylvania's famous "Dutch Country," Lancaster is one of the nation's oldest inland cities, founded in 1730.
Take a break from Lancaster with a short trip to Hersheypark in Hershey, about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of The Amish Farm and House, browse the fresh offerings at Kauffman's Fruit Farm & Market, relax in the rural setting at Old Windmill Farm, and get engrossed in the history at The Amish Village.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Lancaster trip itinerary maker site.

Des Moines to Lancaster is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in August, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Lancaster

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Philadelphia

— 7 nights

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S. democracy, as it was once the meeting place for the country's Founding Fathers.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Philadelphia: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library (in Winterthur), Longwood Gardens (in Kennett Square) and Hagley Museum And Library (in Wilmington). There's much more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall, walk around Wissahickon Valley Park, try to win big at Horseshoe Casino, and take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Philadelphia travel route planner.

Getting from Lancaster to Philadelphia by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Lancaster in August, Philadelphia is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips