10 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

10 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

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10 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
+3
Fly + bus + train + bus:  13​h 45​min
1
Gettysburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Lancaster
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Philadelphia
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Antietam National Battlefield and Jennie Wade House. Museum-lovers will appreciate Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center and Shriver House Museum. Go for a jaunt from Gettysburg to Harpers Ferry to see Harpers Ferry National Historical Park about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the history at Gettysburg National Military Park and explore the different monuments and memorials at Gettysburg National Cemetery.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Gettysburg travel route planning website .

San Francisco to Gettysburg is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight, train, and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Lancaster.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Antietam National Battlefield
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2
nights
Lancaster

Lancaster ©
The heart of Pennsylvania's famous "Dutch Country," Lancaster is one of the nation's oldest inland cities, founded in 1730.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): steep yourself in history at The Amish Farm and House, then get engrossed in the history at National Civil War Museum, then examine the collection at The Hershey Story, and finally pick up some local products at Kissel Hill Fruit Farm. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, stop by Kitchen Kettle Village, then explore the striking landscape at Indian Echo Caverns, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Root's Country Market & Auction.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Lancaster attractions planner.

You can drive from Gettysburg to Lancaster in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in September, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Lancaster

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Kissel Hill Fruit Farm, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Kitchen Kettle Village, Root's Country Market & Auction, Indian Echo Caverns
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The Hershey Story ©
The Hershey Story
The Amish Farm and House ©
The Amish Farm and House
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania ©
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

3
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Get outdoors at Valley Forge National Historical Park and Independence National Historical Park. Get some historical perspective at Independence Hall and Christ Church. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art, meet the residents at Philadelphia Zoo, trek along Schuylkill River Trail, and see the interesting displays at Betsy Ross House.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Philadelphia trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by train from Lancaster to Philadelphia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lancaster in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Philadelphia, with lows around 53°F. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Valley Forge National Historical Park
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Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Eastern State Penitentiary ©
Eastern State Penitentiary

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