14 days in Minneapolis, Pennsylvania & Washington DC Itinerary

14 days in Minneapolis, Pennsylvania & Washington DC Itinerary

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14 days in Minneapolis, Pennsylvania & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
1
Minneapolis
— 2 nights
Drive:  19​h 30​min
2
Philadelphia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Hershey
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Gettysburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Pittsburgh
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Minneapolis


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Minneapolis

Minneapolis ©
Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
Kids will enjoy Nickelodeon Universe and Como Park Zoo & Conservatory. Change things up with a short trip to Extreme Sandbox in Hastings (about 40 minutes away). The adventure continues: have fun at Target Field, take in the dramatic scenery at Minnehaha Park, get your game on at FlyOver America, and find something for the whole family at Cafesjian's Carousel.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Minneapolis trip itinerary maker .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Minneapolis. In July in Minneapolis, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Philadelphia.

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Bloomington, Saint Paul, Extreme Sandbox
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Extreme Sandbox ©
Extreme Sandbox
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Nickelodeon Universe

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Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Bring the kids along to Longwood Gardens and Philadelphia Museum of Art. Step out of Philadelphia with an excursion to Sesame Place in Langhorne--about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Independence Hall, make a trip to Liberty Bell Center, get to know the fascinating history of Independence National Historical Park, and engage your brain at The Franklin Institute.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Philadelphia route site .

Traveling by flight from Minneapolis to Philadelphia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Minneapolis in July since evenings lows in Philadelphia dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hershey.

Things to do in Philadelphia

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Sesame Place, Longwood Gardens
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Sesame Place
Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens
The Franklin Institute ©
The Franklin Institute

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Hershey

Hershey ©
Home of the Hershey Chocolate Company, the town of Hershey is regularly referred to as the sweetest place on earth.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Hersheypark.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hershey trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Philadelphia to Hershey in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Gettysburg.

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Hersheypark

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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): snap pictures at Sachs Covered Bridge, witness the site of a historic battle at Gettysburg National Military Park, then get your game on at Victorian Photography Studio, then brush up on your military savvy at Gettysburg Museum of History, and finally get engrossed in the history at Jennie Wade House. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center, witness the site of a historic battle at Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides, then immerse yourself in nature at Cunningham Falls State Park, and finally stroll the grounds of Gettysburg National Cemetery.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Gettysburg trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Hershey to Gettysburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Pittsburgh.

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Cunningham Falls State Park
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Victorian Photography Studio ©
Victorian Photography Studio
Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park
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Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center

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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.
On the 29th (Sun), meet the residents at Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, then admire the natural beauty at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Washington.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Pittsburgh trip planner .

Getting from Gettysburg to Pittsburgh by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Pittsburgh can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Erie.

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Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

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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 30th (Mon): get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, then appreciate the history behind Jefferson Memorial, and finally pause for some photo ops at Washington Monument. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, then pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, then pause for some photo ops at Lincoln Memorial, and finally meet the residents at National Zoological Park.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Washington DC trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Pittsburgh to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Pittsburgh in July, with highs in Washington DC at 89°F and lows at 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Outdoors Parks
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Zoological Park ©
National Zoological Park

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