11 days in Pennsylvania & Washington DC Itinerary

11 days in Pennsylvania & Washington DC Itinerary

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11 days in Pennsylvania & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: Hartford
Drive:  3​h 45​min
1
Philadelphia
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
2
Lancaster
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Gettysburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
End: Hartford

3
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Explore Philadelphia's surroundings by going to Valley Forge National Historical Park (in Valley Forge) and Longwood Gardens (in Kennett Square). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, engage your brain at The Franklin Institute, hike along Kelly Drive, and get engrossed in the history at Eastern State Penitentiary.

To find out how to plan a trip to Philadelphia, use our trip itinerary maker.

Hartford to Philadelphia is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Philadelphia can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. You will leave for Lancaster on the 15th (Thu).

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Valley Forge National Historical Park, Longwood Gardens
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Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens
Valley Forge National Historical Park ©

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.
On the 16th (Fri), examine the collection at Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, then contemplate the long history of The Amish Farm and House, and then find something for the whole family at Dutch Wonderland. On the next day, stop by Kitchen Kettle Village and then get in on the family fun at Hersheypark.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Lancaster online trip builder .

Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Lancaster takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Philadelphia in August, Lancaster is slightly colder at night with lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Lancaster

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Kitchen Kettle Village, Hersheypark
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Dutch Wonderland ©
Dutch Wonderland
Hersheypark ©
Hersheypark
Kitchen Kettle Village ©
Kitchen Kettle Village

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then take an in-depth tour of Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, then walk around Gettysburg National Military Park, and finally admire the architecture and history at Abraham Lincoln Statue. Keep things going the next day: have some family-friendly fun at Victorian Photography Studio, explore the different monuments and memorials at Gettysburg National Cemetery, get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at The Eternal Light Peace Memorial, then explore and take pictures at Devils Den, and finally steep yourself in history at Little Round Top.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Gettysburg driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Lancaster to Gettysburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Gettysburg can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Washington DC.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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Victorian Photography Studio ©
Victorian Photography Studio
Devils Den ©
Devils Den
Horseback Riding Tours

3
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, and then learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, then pause for some photo ops at Lincoln Memorial, and finally get to know the resident critters at National Zoological Park.

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Drive from Gettysburg to Washington DC in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Washington DC when traveling from Gettysburg in August, with lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin

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