10 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

10 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Pennsylvania trip planner

Make it your trip
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Erie
— 1 day
Drive
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Pittsburgh
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gettysburg
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lancaster
— 2 nights
Drive
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Philadelphia
— 3 nights
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Erie

— 1 day

Flagship City

Erie boasts a state park, casino, and racetrack all with the name Presque Isle.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): walk around Presque Isle State Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Erie sightseeing planning site.

Des Moines to Erie is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Des Moines in August, expect nights in Erie to be about the same, around 63°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Erie

Parks
Highlights from your trip

Pittsburgh

— 2 nights

City of Bridges

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.
On the 14th (Sat), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, then examine the collection at Bicycle Heaven, then pause for some photo ops at Southern Pennsylvania World War II Memorial, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit Strip District, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Washington.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Pittsburgh online trip builder.

You can fly from Erie to Pittsburgh in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can fly to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

Gettysburg

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Jennie Wade House, take in the history at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, then witness the site of a historic battle at Gettysburg National Military Park, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Gettysburg National Cemetery. On the next day, pause for some photo ops at Equestrian Monument to Major General John Sedgwick, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then examine the collection at Gettysburg Museum of History, and finally get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Gettysburg road trip app.

You can fly from Pittsburgh to Gettysburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lancaster.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

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.
On the 18th (Wed), find something for the whole family at Hersheypark. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): relax in the rural setting at The Amish Farm and House, experience rural life at Old Windmill Farm, then take an in-depth tour of Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, and finally relax in the rural setting at Lapp Valley Farm.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Lancaster trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Gettysburg to Lancaster takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Lancaster can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Lancaster

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Philadelphia

— 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Longwood Gardens (in Kennett Square) and Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library (in Winterthur). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Independence Hall, pause for some photo ops at Liberty Bell Center, hunt for treasures at Reading Terminal Market, and try to win big at Harrah's Philadelphia.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Philadelphia travel route builder site.

Traveling by car from Lancaster to Philadelphia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Lancaster in August since evenings lows in Philadelphia dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Casinos

Side Trips

Pennsylvania travel guide

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Casinos · Specialty Museums · History Museums
The Keystone State
One of the country's 13 original founding states, Pennsylvania contains a balance of modern cities and fertile fields. A rich and varied state with a colorful history dating back to colonial times, it remains a worthy holiday destination with its well-preserved 19th-century battle sites and memorial parks. This diverse land is home to pristine forests and rugged mountain regions. For an urban experience, visit the state's university cities, offering numerous tourist attractions as well as thriving music, performance, art, and culinary scenes. The region's Amish country provides a weekend getaway in a picturesque setting of quaint towns surrounded by rolling hills and fertile farmland.