15 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

15 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

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15 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
Hershey
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Gettysburg
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Pittsburgh
— 3 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.
Get in touch with nature at Valley Forge National Historical Park and The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College. Let the collections at Independence Hall and Philadelphia Museum of Art capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Philadelphia: Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association (in Ambler) and Longwood Gardens (in Kennett Square). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary, stroll through Kelly Drive, admire the masterpieces at Rodin Museum, and try to win big at Harrah's Philadelphia.

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Washington DC to Philadelphia is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Philadelphia are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Allentown.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Longwood Gardens, Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association, Valley Forge National Historical Park, The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, Harrah's Philadelphia
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Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art

2
nights
Allentown

Allentown ©
Allentown is a city located in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, United States. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Hickory Run State Park and then identify plant and animal life at Austin T Blakeslee Natural Area. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Green Lane Nature Center, then hike along Wildlands Conservancy- Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, and then hike along Ironton Rail Trail.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Allentown trip planner .

Drive from Philadelphia to Allentown in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Philadelphia in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Allentown, with lows of 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hershey.

Things to do in Allentown

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Green Lane Nature Center, Hickory Run State Park, Ironton Rail Trail, Wildlands Conservancy- Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, Austin T Blakeslee Natural Area
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Hickory Run State Park ©
Hickory Run State Park
Ironton Rail Trail ©
Ironton Rail Trail
Austin T Blakeslee Natural Area ©
Austin T Blakeslee Natural Area

3
nights
Hershey

Hershey ©
Home of the Hershey Chocolate Company, the town of Hershey is regularly referred to as the sweetest place on earth.
Visiting Lake Tobias Wildlife Park and Wildwood Park will get you outdoors. Kids will appreciate attractions like Hersheypark and Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area. Step out of Hershey to go to Pine Grove and see Sweet Arrow Lake County Park, which is approximately 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Hershey Story and learn about winemaking at Cullari Vineyards and Winery.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hershey trip planner .

You can drive from Allentown to Hershey in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Hershey

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trips

Wildwood Park, Sweet Arrow Lake County Park, Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, Lake Tobias Wildlife Park
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Hersheypark ©
Hersheypark
Lake Tobias Wildlife Park ©
Lake Tobias Wildlife Park
The Hershey Story ©
The Hershey Story

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center and Jennie Wade House. Get some historical perspective at Gettysburg National Military Park and Shriver House Museum. There's still lots to do: witness the site of a historic battle at Confederate Trails of Gettysburg, tee off at Mulligan MacDuffer Adventure Golf, contemplate the long history of Little Round Top, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Evergreen Cemetery.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Gettysburg trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Hershey to Gettysburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Gettysburg, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums
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Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park
Little Round Top ©
Little Round Top

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.
Fallingwater and Mount Washington are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve and Hartwood Acres will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Pittsburgh: Living Treasures Wild Animal Park (in New Castle), Buttermilk Falls Natural Area (in New Florence) and Powdermill Nature Reserve (in Rector). There's more to do: explore and take pictures at PNC Park and identify plant and animal life at Buttermilk Falls Park.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Pittsburgh trip itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Gettysburg to Pittsburgh in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and flight. August in Pittsburgh sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Living Treasures Wild Animal Park, Fallingwater, Buttermilk Falls Natural Area, Buttermilk Falls Park, Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve
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Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve ©
Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve
Fallingwater ©
Fallingwater
Mount Washington ©
Mount Washington

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