10 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

10 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Pennsylvania trip planner
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Fly to New York JFK, Train to Philadelphia
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Philadelphia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Valley Forge
Drive
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Ronks
Drive
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Lancaster
— 1 night
Drive
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Hershey
— 1 night
Drive
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Harrisburg
— 1 night
Drive
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Gettysburg
— 3 nights
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Philadelphia — 3 nights

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.
On the 5th (Sat), get curious at Mutter Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary, then explore the world behind art at Barnes Foundation, and finally examine the collection at The Franklin Institute. Here are some ideas for day two: get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall, then make a trip to Liberty Bell Center, then explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Reading Terminal Market.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Philadelphia travel app.

San Antonio to Philadelphia is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Antonio to Philadelphia, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from San Antonio in March, with highs in Philadelphia at 50°F and lows at 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Valley Forge.
Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Valley Forge

The Village of Valley Forge is an unincorporated settlement located on the west side of Valley Forge National Historical Park at the confluence of Valley Creek and the Schuylkill River in Pennsylvania, United States. On the 7th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Washington Memorial Chapel and then witness the site of a historic battle at Valley Forge National Historical Park.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Valley Forge travel route planner.

Drive from Philadelphia to Valley Forge in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in March, and nighttime lows around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ronks.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Ronks

The city of Ronks stems from Amish roots.
To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Ronks road trip website.

You can drive from Valley Forge to Ronks in an hour. March in Ronks sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 30°F at night. You will leave for Lancaster on the 7th (Mon).
Shopping · Parks · Museums · Fun & Games

Lancaster — 1 night

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 8th (Tue): hunt for treasures at Lancaster Central Market, walk around Lititz Springs Park, then look for gifts at Olio Olive Oils & Balsamics, and finally make a trip to Andy Smith, Artist.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lancaster itinerary planner.

Lancaster is very close to Ronks. In March, daytime highs in Lancaster are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hershey.
Shopping · Parks
Side Trip

Hershey — 1 night

Home of the Hershey Chocolate Company, the town of Hershey is regularly referred to as the sweetest place on earth.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Pennsylvania State Police Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Hershey Gardens, then examine the collection at AACA Museum, Inc., and finally do a tasting at Cullari Vineyards and Winery.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hershey travel route builder.

Traveling by car from Lancaster to Hershey takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March in Hershey, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 30°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Harrisburg.
Museums · Parks · Tours · Wineries

Harrisburg — 1 night

Harrisburg is the capital city of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the United States, and the county seat of Dauphin County. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of The State Museum of Pennsylvania, brush up on your military savvy at United States Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), and then experience rural life at Paulus Mt. Airy Orchards.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Harrisburg trip planner.

Harrisburg is just a short distance from Hershey. March in Harrisburg sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 31°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Gettysburg.
Museums
Side Trips

Gettysburg — 3 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.
Attractions like Gettysburg National Military Park and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gettysburg: True Treats Historic Candy (in Harpers Ferry) and Antietam National Battlefield (in Sharpsburg). There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Gettysburg National Cemetery.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Gettysburg trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Harrisburg to Gettysburg takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Gettysburg are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can fly back home.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping
Side Trips

Pennsylvania travel guide

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History Museums · Casinos · Specialty 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.

Lancaster County travel guide

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Gift & Specialty Shops · Theaters · Theme Parks
Pennsylvania Dutch Country
The core of Pennsylvania's famed "Dutch Country" lies in Lancaster County, a compact area in the southeastern portion of the state. The county features a rolling landscape of green fields and gentle hills, interspersed with small towns and Amish farms. Despite its somewhat misleading nickname, the county is not home to Dutch but German-speaking Swiss Anabaptists, who began settling in religiously tolerant Pennsylvania in the early 1700s. Although Lancaster County thrives on tourism and the Amish community is its main attraction, the Amish themselves remain an intensely private people who are not particularly fond of camera-toting visitors. To learn about their hard-working way of life respectfully, take a trip to one of their hardwood furniture showrooms, clustered around the county's main roads.