10 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

10 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Perry Monument and then walk around Presque Isle State Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Erie online trip itinerary planner.

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, you will find days in Erie are slightly colder (79°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Erie

Parks

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): stop by Strip District, then see the interesting displays at Bicycle Heaven, then appreciate the history behind Southern Pennsylvania World War II Memorial, and finally steep yourself in history at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax in the rural setting at Shenot Farm & Market, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, then get a variety of perspectives on a duck tour, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Washington.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Pittsburgh trip site.

Traveling by flight from Erie to Pittsburgh takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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.
On the 16th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Jennie Wade House, explore the galleries of 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, make a trip to Equestrian Monument to Major General John Sedgwick, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then see the interesting displays at Gettysburg Museum of History, and finally go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Gettysburg day trip website.

Getting from Pittsburgh to Gettysburg by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow 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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): get in on the family fun at Hersheypark. On your second day here, relax in the rural setting at The Amish Farm and House, relax in the rural setting at Old Windmill Farm, then take an in-depth tour of Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, and finally experience rural life at Lapp Valley Farm.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Lancaster journey maker website.

You can drive from Gettysburg to Lancaster in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Lancaster are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square (about 52 minutes away). There's lots more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall, explore the world behind art at Rodin Museum, examine the collection at The Franklin Institute, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Reading Terminal Market.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Philadelphia trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Lancaster to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Philadelphia when traveling from Lancaster in August, with lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can 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.