21 days in New Jersey & Pennsylvania Itinerary

21 days in New Jersey & Pennsylvania Itinerary

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Fly to Atlantic City, Bus to Cape May
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Cape May
— 4 nights
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Lancaster
— 4 nights
Drive
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Gettysburg
— 3 nights
Fly
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Erie
— 4 nights
Drive
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Pittsburgh
— 5 nights
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Cape May — 4 nights

The Nation's Oldest Seashore Resort

Cape May represents the other Jersey Shore--the one you don't see on TV--the one with a rich history and a refined, relaxed atmosphere.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Cape May City Beaches and North Wildwood Beach. Relax by the water at Wildwood Beach and Sunset Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Ocean City (Ocean City Beach & Ocean City Boardwalk). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Poverty Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Cape May Lighthouse, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and buy something for everyone on your list at Washington Street Mall.

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Orlando to Cape May is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Orlando in July, with highs in Cape May at 83°F and lows at 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Lancaster.
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Lancaster — 4 nights

Red Rose City

The heart of Pennsylvania's famous "Dutch Country," Lancaster is one of the nation's oldest inland cities, founded in 1730.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Hersheypark and Knoebels Amusement Resort. Venture out of the city with trips to Elysburg (Knoebles Mining Museum & Knoebels Carousel Museum) and Hershey (The Hershey Story Museum, ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park, &more). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Dutch Wonderland, see the interesting displays at Landis Valley Museum, stop by Kitchen Kettle Village, and contemplate the long history of President James Buchanan's Wheatland.

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Getting from Cape May to Lancaster by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Lancaster are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Gettysburg.
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Gettysburg — 3 nights

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.
Bring the kids along to Gettysburg National Military Park and Ghost & Vampire Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in Harpers Ferry (about 1h 5 min away). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Little Round Top, see the interesting displays at Gettysburg Museum of History, get engrossed in the history at Jennie Wade House, and explore the striking landscape at Devils Den.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Gettysburg road trip planning app.

You can drive from Lancaster to Gettysburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can fly to Erie.
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Erie — 4 nights

Flagship City

Erie boasts a state park, casino, and racetrack all with the name Presque Isle.
Attractions like Presque Isle State Park and Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park Resort make great kid-friendly stops. Relax by the water at Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park Beach and Lake Shore Park. Take a break from Erie with a short trip to Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, about 1h 55 min away. The adventure continues: cool off at Waldameer & Water World, meet the residents at Erie Zoo, walk around Tom Ridge Environmental Center, and appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Erie trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Gettysburg to Erie takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Gettysburg in July, plan for little chillier days in Erie, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Pittsburgh.
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Pittsburgh — 5 nights

City of Bridges

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.
Bring the kids along to Bicycle Heaven and Duck Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Pittsburgh side-trips: Mill Run (Fallingwater & Bear Run Nature Reserve), Ohiopyle State Park (in Ohiopyle) and Round Hill Park (in Elizabeth). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, admire the majestic nature at Point State Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Washington, and admire the masterpieces at The Andy Warhol Museum.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Pittsburgh tour itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Erie to Pittsburgh takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Pittsburgh sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to fly back home.
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New Jersey travel guide

4.1
Casinos · Shopping Malls · Beaches
The Garden State
Often overshadowed by its legendary neighbor, New York, New Jersey holds its own as a land of thriving industrial cities, sprawling farmland, and lively coastal towns. Called the Garden State, New Jersey is a hub of entertainment and cultural attractions for the east coast, from the famous sandy beaches and carnival-like atmosphere of the Jersey Shore to alluring Atlantic City, the Las Vegas of the east. New Jersey also boasts a wealth of historical places to visit, including battle sites and memorials, such as George Washington's Revolutionary War headquarters.
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Pennsylvania travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Casinos · History Museums
The Keystone State
One of the country's 13 original founding states, Pennsylvania contains a balance of modern cities and fertile fields. A rich and varied state with a colorful history dating back to colonial times, it remains a worthy holiday destination with its well-preserved 19th-century battle sites and memorial parks. This diverse land is home to pristine forests and rugged mountain regions. For an urban experience, visit the state's university cities, offering numerous tourist attractions as well as thriving music, performance, art, and culinary scenes. The region's Amish country provides a weekend getaway in a picturesque setting of quaint towns surrounded by rolling hills and fertile farmland.
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