13 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

13 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

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13 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly:  5​h
1
Philadelphia
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
2
Lancaster
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Gettysburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Mill Run
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Pittsburgh
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
End: Indianapolis

3
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Philadelphia Museum of Art and Longwood Gardens. Appreciate the collections at Independence Hall and Please Touch Museum. Explore Philadelphia's surroundings by going to Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library (in Winterthur) and Valley Forge National Historical Park (in Valley Forge). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Eastern State Penitentiary, appreciate the history behind Liberty Bell Center, contemplate the long history of Washington Square Park, and admire the masterpieces at Barnes Foundation.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Philadelphia road trip planning tool .

Indianapolis to Philadelphia is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Philadelphia can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Lancaster.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Valley Forge National Historical Park, Longwood Gardens, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
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Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): find something for the whole family at Hersheypark. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at The Hershey Story, experience rural life at The Amish Farm and House, then take an in-depth tour of Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, and finally look for gifts at Kitchen Kettle Village.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Lancaster vacation planning website .

Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Lancaster takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Lancaster when traveling from Philadelphia in August, with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Lancaster

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hershey, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Kitchen Kettle Village
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Hersheypark ©
Hersheypark
The Amish Farm and House ©
The Amish Farm and House
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania ©
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

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 and Gettysburg National Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center and Jennie Wade House capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gettysburg: Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (in Harpers Ferry) and Antietam National Battlefield (in Sharpsburg). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Shriver House Museum.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Gettysburg trip planner .

Traveling by car from Lancaster to Gettysburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mill Run.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Antietam National Battlefield
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1
night
Mill Run

Mill Run ©
Springfield Township is a township in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, United States. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Fallingwater, then admire the landmark architecture of Kentuck Knob, and then immerse yourself in nature at Ohiopyle State Park.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Mill Run trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gettysburg to Mill Run takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Mill Run

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kentuck Knob, Ohiopyle State Park
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Ohiopyle State Park ©
Ohiopyle State Park
Fallingwater ©
Fallingwater
Kentuck Knob ©
Kentuck Knob

3
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.
Bicycle Heaven and Andy Warhol Museum will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at PNC Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Washington, take in nature's colorful creations at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and get engrossed in the history at Cathedral of Learning.

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You can drive from Mill Run to Pittsburgh in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in August, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Museums Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall
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Bicycle Heaven ©
Bicycle Heaven
Carnegie Museum of Natural History ©

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