10 days in Philadelphia, Gettysburg & West Virginia Itinerary

10 days in Philadelphia, Gettysburg & West Virginia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Philadelphia
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Gettysburg
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Harpers Ferry
— 2 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12

Philadelphia

— 4 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Longwood Gardens and Eastern State Penitentiary. There's lots more to do: ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall, admire the masterpieces at Barnes Foundation, admire the striking features of City Hall Visitor Center, and appreciate the history behind Liberty Bell Center.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Philadelphia trip planner.

Knoxville to Philadelphia is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Knoxville in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Philadelphia, with highs around 74°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games

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.
Family-friendly places like Gettysburg National Military Park and Victorian Photography Studio will thrill your kids. Change things up with a short trip to Hersheypark in Hershey (about 1h 5 min away). Next up on the itinerary: witness the site of a historic battle at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, contemplate the long history of Eisenhower National Historic Site, deepen your understanding of the past and present with Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides, and stroll the grounds of Gettysburg National Cemetery.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Gettysburg road trip website.

You can drive from Philadelphia to Gettysburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Harpers Ferry.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Harpers Ferry

— 2 nights
With a population of less than 300, Harpers Ferry is as quaint as they come.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and True Treats Historic Candy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Harpers Ferry: Winchester (Rocking S Ranch, Handley Regional Library, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the history at Antietam National Battlefield.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Harpers Ferry online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Gettysburg to Harpers Ferry in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In June in Harpers Ferry, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Harpers Ferry

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

West Virginia travel guide

4.1
Historic Sites · State Parks · Zipline
The Mountain State
Located entirely within the Appalachian Mountain region, the aptly nicknamed "Mountain State" represents the highest state east of the Mississippi River with an average elevation of about 460 m (1,500 ft) above sea level. With an official motto of "Mountaineers are always free," West Virginia is home to a fiercely independent people, proud of their state's rich natural resources, physical beauty, and traditional culture. The state is often overlooked by tourists, and its major attractions retain an off-the-beaten-path character and exemplify a laid-back pace of life. West Virginians like to describe their part of the country as both wild and wonderful, a claim you can easily test on a holiday here by filling your itinerary with exploration of the state's green mountains, white-water rivers, and historical small towns.