10 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

10 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Pennsylvania attractions planner
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Philadelphia
— 3 nights
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Lancaster
— 3 nights
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.
For shopping fun, head to Philadelphia's Magic Gardens or King of Prussia Mall. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Museum of the American Revolution and Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Rodin Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Reading Terminal Market, wander the streets of Society Hill, and take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Philadelphia online travel route planner.

Detroit to Philadelphia is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Detroit in April, with highs in Philadelphia at 65°F and lows at 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Lancaster.
Museums · Shopping · Fun & Games · Casinos
Side Trips

Lancaster — 3 nights

The heart of Pennsylvania's famous "Dutch Country," Lancaster is one of the nation's oldest inland cities, founded in 1730.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wilbur Chocolate Candy Store and Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. When in Lancaster, make a side trip to see D.G. Yuengling and Son Brewery in Pottsville, approximately Pottsville away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of President James Buchanan's Wheatland, see the interesting displays at Choo Choo Barn, take a stroll through Amish Country, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Lancaster Central Market.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lancaster online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Philadelphia to Lancaster in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Lancaster can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Gettysburg.
Museums · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries · Neighborhoods
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Shriver House Museum and Eisenhower National Historic Site. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Gettysburg National Military Park and Little Round Top. Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Evergreen Cemetery and indulge your senses at Savor Gettysburg Food Tours.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Gettysburg trip planning app.

Getting from Lancaster to Gettysburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Parks

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.