10 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

10 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

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10 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Philadelphia
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Lancaster
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Gettysburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
State College
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Cooksburg
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Pittsburgh
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

1
night
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Rodin Museum, contemplate the long history of Christ Church, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, then witness the site of a historic battle at Valley Forge National Historical Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Green Lane Nature Center, then explore the world behind art at Brandywine River Museum of Art, then take an in-depth tour of National Constitution Center, and finally view the masterpieces at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Philadelphia trip itinerary planning website .

Los Angeles to Philadelphia is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles to Philadelphia, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in March; daily highs in Philadelphia reach 50°F and lows reach 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Lancaster.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, Brandywine River Museum of Art, Green Lane Nature Center, Valley Forge National Historical Park
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1
night
Lancaster

Lancaster ©
The heart of Pennsylvania's famous "Dutch Country," Lancaster is one of the nation's oldest inland cities, founded in 1730.
On the 4th (Mon), experience rural life at The Amish Farm and House, get engrossed in the history at Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, experience rural life at Lapp Valley Farm, then contemplate the long history of Ephrata Cloister, then examine the collection at Wilbur Chocolate Candy Store, and finally take in the views from Hunsecker Mill Covered Bridge.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Lancaster itinerary tool .

You can take a train from Philadelphia to Lancaster in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in March, and nighttime lows around 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Lancaster

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Ephrata Cloister, Wilbur Chocolate Candy Store, Hunsecker Mill Covered Bridge, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Lapp Valley Farm
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The Amish Farm and House ©
The Amish Farm and House
Ephrata Cloister ©
Ephrata Cloister
Hunsecker Mill Covered Bridge ©
Hunsecker Mill Covered Bridge

2
nights
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 5th (Tue): steep yourself in history at David Wills House, take an in-depth tour of Gettysburg Heritage Center, then steep yourself in history at Eisenhower National Historic Site, then get to know the fascinating history of Shriver House Museum, and finally take a memorable tour with Confederate Trails of Gettysburg. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Devils Den, appreciate the history behind Monument to Brigadier General Gouverneur Kemble Warren, contemplate the long history of Little Round Top, then have some family-friendly fun at Victorian Photography Studio, then explore the world behind art at Gibson's Photographic Gallery, and finally contemplate the long history of Dobbin House Tavern.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, read Gettysburg trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Lancaster to Gettysburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In March in Gettysburg, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 31°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to State College.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
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Gibson's Photographic Gallery ©
Gibson's Photographic Gallery
David Wills House ©
David Wills House

1
night
State College

State College ©
State College is a home rule municipality in Centre County in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. On the 7th (Thu), admire all the interesting features of Penn State University, tour the pleasant surroundings at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, then explore the fascinating underground world of Penn's Cave & Wildlife Park, and finally identify plant and animal life at Shaver's Creek Raptor Center.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our State College road trip planning site .

Getting from Gettysburg to State College by car takes about 2.5 hours. When traveling from Gettysburg in March, plan for slightly colder days in State College, with highs around 43°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cooksburg.

Things to do in State College

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Shaver's Creek Environmental Center, Penn's Cave & Wildlife Park
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Shaver's Creek Environmental Center ©
Millbrook Marsh Nature Center ©
Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
Penn's Cave & Wildlife Park ©
Penn's Cave & Wildlife Park

1
night
Cooksburg

Cooksburg ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Clear Creek State Park, trek along Beartown Rocks, then explore the striking landscape at Scripture Rocks Heritage Park, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Cook Forest State Park.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cooksburg online journey planner .

You can drive from State College to Cooksburg in 2 hours. In March in Cooksburg, expect temperatures between 42°F during the day and 25°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Cooksburg

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Sigel, Scripture Rocks Heritage Park
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Beartown Rocks ©
Beartown Rocks
Clear Creek State Park ©
Clear Creek State Park
Scripture Rocks Heritage Park ©
Scripture Rocks Heritage Park

2
nights
Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, get engrossed in the history at Photo Antiquities Museum of Photographic History, meet the residents at National Aviary, then examine the collection at Bicycle Heaven, and finally steep yourself in history at Point State Park. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Senator John Heinz History Center, engage your brain at Carnegie Science Center, get engrossed in the history at Cathedral of Learning, then see the interesting displays at The Nationality Rooms, and finally explore and take pictures at PPG Paints Arena.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Pittsburgh itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Cooksburg to Pittsburgh takes 2 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Pittsburgh can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Senator John Heinz History Center ©
Senator John Heinz History Center
Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve ©
Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve

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