12 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

12 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

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12 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
train:  1​h 45​min
1
Philadelphia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Allentown
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Lititz
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Gettysburg
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Pittsburgh
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

3
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Visiting Valley Forge National Historical Park and Independence National Historical Park will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Philadelphia Museum of Art and Rittenhouse Square. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Philadelphia: Stroud Preserve (in West Chester) and Longwood Gardens (in Kennett Square). The adventure continues: ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall, trek along Kelly Drive, get engrossed in the history at Eastern State Penitentiary, and admire the majestic nature at Fort Washington State Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Philadelphia tour builder .

Washington DC to Philadelphia is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. April in Philadelphia sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Allentown.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Fort Washington State Park, Harrah's Philadelphia, The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, Valley Forge National Historical Park, Stroud Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Barnes Foundation ©
Barnes Foundation

2
nights
Allentown

Allentown ©
Allentown is a city located in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, United States. On the 7th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Green Lane Nature Center, then sample the tasty concoctions at Yergey Brewing, and then trek along Wildlands Conservancy- Pool Wildlife Sanctuary. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, grab your bike and head to Trexler Memorial Park, and then pause for some photo ops at The Soldiers Sailors Monument.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Allentown sightseeing planning site .

You can drive from Philadelphia to Allentown in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April in Allentown, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Lititz.

Things to do in Allentown

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Emmaus, The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Green Lane Nature Center
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Trexler Memorial Park ©
Trexler Memorial Park
Yergey Brewing ©
Yergey Brewing

1
night
Lititz

Lititz ©
Lititz is a borough in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, six miles (approximately 10 km) north of the city of Lancaster. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, then see the interesting displays at Seiverling Museum, LLC Car and Pedal Car Museum, then contemplate the long history of Ephrata Cloister, and finally don't miss a visit to Erbs Covered Bridge.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Lititz online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Allentown to Lititz takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Lititz

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Ephrata, Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area
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Ephrata Cloister ©
Ephrata Cloister
Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area ©

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.
Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center and Jennie Wade House will appeal to museum buffs. Visit Gettysburg National Military Park and Gettysburg National Cemetery for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Gettysburg to York to see Nixon Park Nature Center about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Devils Den, witness the site of a historic battle at Confederate Trails of Gettysburg, steep yourself in history at Little Round Top, and play a few rounds at Mulligan MacDuffer Adventure Golf.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Gettysburg online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Lititz to Gettysburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In April, daytime highs in Gettysburg are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nixon Park Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park
Little Round Top ©
Little Round Top

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 13th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, admire the striking features of Hartwood Acres, then get engrossed in the history at Photo Antiquities Museum of Photographic History, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mount Washington. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, then examine the collection at Bicycle Heaven, then take an in-depth tour of Senator John Heinz History Center, and finally wander the streets of The Strip District.

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Getting from Gettysburg to Pittsburgh by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In April, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, Hartwood Acres
Highlights from your plan
Bicycle Heaven ©
Bicycle Heaven
Mount Washington ©
Mount Washington

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