18 days in Pennsylvania & Washington DC Itinerary

18 days in Pennsylvania & Washington DC Itinerary

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18 days in Pennsylvania & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Philadelphia
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
2
Lancaster
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
3
Strasburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Ephrata
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Hershey
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Gettysburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Houston

3
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Step out of the city life by going to Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge and Valley Forge National Historical Park. Popular historic sites such as Independence Hall and Liberty Bell Center are in your itinerary. There's more to do: take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary and get curious at Mutter Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Philadelphia trip builder app .

Houston to Philadelphia is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Houston to Philadelphia due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Houston in June, with highs in Philadelphia at 84°F and lows at 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Lancaster.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Valley Forge National Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Valley Forge National Historical Park ©
Eastern State Penitentiary ©
Eastern State Penitentiary

2
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Lancaster

Lancaster ©
The heart of Pennsylvania's famous "Dutch Country," Lancaster is one of the nation's oldest inland cities, founded in 1730.
On the 15th (Sat), experience rural life at The Amish Farm and House, then see the interesting displays at Landis Valley Museum, then take an in-depth tour of National Watch and Clock Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Wheatland. Here are some ideas for day two: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then get in on the family fun at Dutch Wonderland, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Lancaster Brewing Company.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Lancaster trip planner .

You can take a train from Philadelphia to Lancaster in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Lancaster can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Strasburg.

Things to do in Lancaster

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

National Watch and Clock Museum
Highlights from your plan
Dutch Wonderland ©
Dutch Wonderland
The Amish Farm and House ©
The Amish Farm and House
Landis Valley Museum ©
Landis Valley Museum

2
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Strasburg

Strasburg ©
Named after the first settlers' European home, Strasburg hasn't grown beyond its original population.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): do a tasting at Allegro Wine Shoppe Strasburg, get engrossed in the history at Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, then ponder the design of Longwood Gardens, and finally relax in the rural setting at Lapp Valley Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Choo Choo Barn, get engrossed in the history at The Amish Village, then look for gifts at Kitchen Kettle Village, and finally wander the streets of Amish Country.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Strasburg trip builder app .

Strasburg is just a short distance from Lancaster. In June in Strasburg, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ephrata.

Things to do in Strasburg

Museums Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kitchen Kettle Village, Amish Country, Longwood Gardens, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Lapp Valley Farm
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Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania ©
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens
Choo Choo Barn ©
Choo Choo Barn

2
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Ephrata

Ephrata ©
Ephrata is a borough in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States, south east of Harrisburg and about west by north of Philadelphia. Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, then Head underground at Crystal Cave, and then sample the tasty concoctions at D.G. Yuengling and Son Brewery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): examine the collection at Ephrata Cloister, catch a live event at Reading Fightin Phils, FirstEnergy Stadium, and then relax in the rural setting at September Farm Cheese.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ephrata trip itinerary planner .

Ephrata is very close to Strasburg. In June, daytime highs in Ephrata are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hershey.

Things to do in Ephrata

Fun & Games Nature Museums

Side Trips

Reading, Crystal Cave, D.G. Yuengling and Son Brewery, September Farm Cheese
Highlights from your plan
Crystal Cave ©
Crystal Cave
Ephrata Cloister ©
Ephrata Cloister
D.G. Yuengling and Son Brewery ©
D.G. Yuengling and Son Brewery

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nights
Hershey

Hershey ©
Home of the Hershey Chocolate Company, the town of Hershey is regularly referred to as the sweetest place on earth.
On the 21st (Fri), see the interesting displays at The Hershey Story, get engrossed in the history at National Civil War Museum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Patrick. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Indian Echo Caverns.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hershey online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Ephrata to Hershey takes an hour. In June, daytime highs in Hershey are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Hershey

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Harrisburg, Indian Echo Caverns
Highlights from your plan
The Hershey Story ©
The Hershey Story
Indian Echo Caverns ©
Indian Echo Caverns
National Civil War Museum ©
National Civil War Museum

3
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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.
Gettysburg National Military Park and Gettysburg National Cemetery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Antietam National Battlefield and Horseback Riding Tours will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, contemplate the long history of Jennie Wade House, examine the collection at Gettysburg Museum of History, and get your game on at Victorian Photography Studio.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Gettysburg trip planner .

You can drive from Hershey to Gettysburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Washington DC.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Antietam National Battlefield
Highlights from your plan
Victorian Photography Studio ©
Victorian Photography Studio
Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park
Antietam National Battlefield ©
Antietam National Battlefield

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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.
National Air and Space Museum and Washington National Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Arlington National Cemetery and Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Tidal Basin, meet the residents at National Zoological Park, explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, and get to know the fascinating history of Tomb of the Unknowns.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Washington DC day trip planning site .

You can drive from Gettysburg to Washington DC in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. Traveling from Gettysburg in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 69°F in Washington DC. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Arlington
Highlights from your plan
Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery

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