12 days in Pennsylvania & Washington DC Itinerary

12 days in Pennsylvania & Washington DC Itinerary

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12 days in Pennsylvania & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Pittsburgh
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
State College
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Gettysburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Lancaster
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Philadelphia
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Houston

2
nights
Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh ©
Known primarily for its steel-related heritage and 446 bridges, Pittsburgh sits at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers, which meet to form the Ohio River.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Cathedral of Learning. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, then admire all the interesting features of Mount Washington, and then wander the streets of The Strip District.

Plan trip to Pittsburgh with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Houston to Pittsburgh is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Houston in June, with highs in Pittsburgh at 79°F and lows at 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to State College.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Ohiopyle State Park, Fallingwater
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Fallingwater ©
Fallingwater
Mount Washington ©
Mount Washington

1
night
State College

State College ©
State College is a home rule municipality in Centre County in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. On the 18th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, explore the fascinating underground world of Penn's Cave & Wildlife Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Shaver's Creek Raptor Center.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the State College trip builder .

Drive from Pittsburgh to State College in 3 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Gettysburg.

Things to do in State College

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Shaver's Creek Environmental Center, Penn's Cave & Wildlife Park
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Shaver's Creek Environmental Center ©
Penn's Cave & Wildlife Park ©
Penn's Cave & Wildlife Park
Millbrook Marsh Nature Center ©
Millbrook Marsh Nature Center

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Antietam National Battlefield and Confederate Trails of Gettysburg. Get some cultural insight at Gettysburg National Cemetery and Gettysburg Museum of History. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Jennie Wade House, get your game on at Victorian Photography Studio, appreciate the extensive heritage of Shriver House Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Gettysburg online trip planner .

You can drive from State College to Gettysburg in 2.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Gettysburg are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lancaster.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Antietam National Battlefield
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Antietam National Battlefield ©
Antietam National Battlefield
Shriver House Museum ©
Shriver House Museum
Jennie Wade House ©
Jennie Wade House

1
night
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 22nd (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, steep yourself in history at The Amish Farm and House, and then find something for the whole family at Dutch Wonderland.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Lancaster day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Gettysburg to Lancaster takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. June in Lancaster sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Lancaster

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
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Dutch Wonderland ©
Dutch Wonderland
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania ©
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
The Amish Farm and House ©
The Amish Farm and House

1
night
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
On the 23rd (Sun), ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall, get to know the fascinating history of Independence National Historical Park, then pause for some photo ops at Liberty Bell Center, then explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, refer to the Philadelphia online day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Lancaster to Philadelphia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Independence National Historical Park ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art

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.
You'll explore and learn at National Air and Space Museum and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and Tomb of the Unknowns. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, ponder the world of politics at White House, and pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Washington DC trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Washington DC takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park ©
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum

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