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
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Lancaster
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Danville
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Gettysburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

3
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Philadelphia: Longwood Gardens (in Kennett Square) and Valley Forge National Historical Park (in Valley Forge). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, browse the eclectic array of goods at Reading Terminal Market, get engrossed in the history at National Constitution Center, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Philadelphia online vacation builder .

Washington DC to Philadelphia is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Philadelphia can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Lancaster.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Valley Forge National Historical Park, Harrah's Philadelphia, Longwood Gardens
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Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art

3
nights
Lancaster

Lancaster ©
The heart of Pennsylvania's famous "Dutch Country," Lancaster is one of the nation's oldest inland cities, founded in 1730.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lancaster: Hershey (Hersheypark & The Hershey Story) and Indian Echo Caverns (in Hummelstown). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Dutch Wonderland, experience rural life at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm, hunt for treasures at Root's Country Market & Auction, and see the interesting displays at Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Lancaster trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Lancaster takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Lancaster can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Danville.

Things to do in Lancaster

Theme Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hershey, Ronks, Indian Echo Caverns, Kitchen Kettle Village, Root's Country Market & Auction
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Hersheypark ©
Hersheypark
Dutch Wonderland ©
Dutch Wonderland
Kitchen Kettle Village ©
Kitchen Kettle Village

2
nights
Danville

Danville ©
Danville is a borough in and the county seat of Montour County, Pennsylvania, United States, along the North Branch of the Susquehanna River. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): go deep underground at Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine & Steam Train and then find something for the whole family at Knoebels Amusement Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Ricketts Glen State Park, see the interesting displays at World of Little League: Peter J. McGovern Museum and Official Store, and then take in the views from Knoebel's Grove Bridge.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Danville travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Lancaster to Danville in 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Danville can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Danville

Theme Parks Nature Parks

Side Trips

Elysburg, Ricketts Glen State Park, World of Little League: Peter J. McGovern Museum and Official Store, Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine & Steam Train
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Knoebels Amusement Resort ©
Knoebels Amusement Resort
Ricketts Glen State Park ©
Ricketts Glen State Park
Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine & Steam Train ©

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.
Step out of Gettysburg to go to Newville and see Cumberland Valley Rail Trail, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the history at Gettysburg National Military Park, get engrossed in the history at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, have some family-friendly fun at Victorian Photography Studio, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Gettysburg National Cemetery.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Gettysburg visit website .

Traveling by car from Danville to Gettysburg takes 2.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trip

Cumberland Valley Rail Trail
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Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park
Victorian Photography Studio ©
Victorian Photography Studio
Devils Den ©
Devils Den

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