21 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

21 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

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21 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh
1
Pittsburgh
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Somerset
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Gettysburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Lancaster
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Philadelphia
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Benton
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
State College
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: Pittsburgh

2
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.
Pittsburgh is known for museums, nature, parks, zoos & aquariums, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, get a new perspective on nature at Carnegie Museum of Natural History, observe the fascinating underwater world at Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, and take an in-depth tour of Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Pittsburgh travel route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Pittsburgh. In October, daytime highs in Pittsburgh are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Somerset.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Museums Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall, Rivers of Steel
Highlights from your plan
Bicycle Heaven ©
Bicycle Heaven
Mount Washington ©
Mount Washington

2
nights
Somerset

Somerset ©
Somerset is a borough in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Ohiopyle State Park, then admire the striking features of Kentuck Knob, and then contemplate the long history of Kings Covered Bridge. On your second day here, appreciate the history behind Flight 93 National Memorial, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Flight 93 Memorial Chapel, then steep yourself in history at Fallingwater, and finally appreciate the history behind Mister Rogers' Park Bench.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Somerset trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Pittsburgh to Somerset takes 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Somerset

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mister Rogers' Park Bench, Ohiopyle State Park, Fallingwater, Flight 93 National Memorial, Kentuck Knob
Highlights from your plan
Fallingwater ©
Fallingwater
Flight 93 National Memorial ©
Flight 93 National Memorial
Ohiopyle State Park ©
Ohiopyle State Park

4
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 is known for historic sites, museums, fun & games, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness the site of a historic battle at Gettysburg National Military Park, pause for some photo ops at State of Pennsylvania Monument, get your game on at Victorian Photography Studio, and get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Gettysburg tour planner .

You can drive from Somerset to Gettysburg in 2.5 hours. In October in Gettysburg, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Lancaster.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park
Little Round Top ©
Little Round Top

3
nights
Lancaster

Lancaster ©
The heart of Pennsylvania's famous "Dutch Country," Lancaster is one of the nation's oldest inland cities, founded in 1730.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lancaster: Hershey (Hersheypark & Hershey Gardens). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at The Amish Farm and House, examine the collection at Ephrata Cloister, get engrossed in the history at Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, and stop by Kitchen Kettle Village.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Lancaster road trip site .

Getting from Gettysburg to Lancaster by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Lancaster can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Lancaster

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Hershey, Ephrata, Kitchen Kettle Village, Lapp Valley Farm, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Highlights from your plan
Hersheypark ©
Hersheypark
The Amish Farm and House ©
The Amish Farm and House
Kitchen Kettle Village ©
Kitchen Kettle Village

5
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Philadelphia: Brinton 1704 House & Historic Site (in West Chester), Longwood Gardens (in Kennett Square) and Valley Forge National Historical Park (in Valley Forge). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Independence Hall, explore the world behind art at Barnes Foundation, try to win big at Harrah's Philadelphia, and explore the galleries of The Franklin Institute.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Philadelphia trip planner.

You can take a train from Lancaster to Philadelphia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lancaster in October, Philadelphia is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Benton.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Brinton 1704 House & Historic Site, Valley Forge National Historical Park, Longwood Gardens, Harrah's Philadelphia, Chanticleer
Highlights from your plan
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens

2
nights
Benton

Benton ©
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at 1,000 Steps at Jacks Mountain, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ricketts Glen State Park, and then see the interesting displays at Bill's Custom Cycles. Keep things going the next day: explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum and then get in on the family fun at Knoebels Amusement Resort.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Benton trip builder website .

You can drive from Philadelphia to Benton in 3 hours. Traveling from Philadelphia in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 46°F in Benton. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to State College.

Things to do in Benton

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bloomsburg, Knoebels Amusement Resort, 1,000 Steps at Jacks Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Knoebels Amusement Resort ©
Knoebels Amusement Resort
Ricketts Glen State Park ©
Ricketts Glen State Park
Bill's Custom Cycles ©
Bill's Custom Cycles

2
nights
State College

State College ©
State College is a home rule municipality in Centre County in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): admire the natural beauty at The Arboretum at Penn State, then gain insight at Penn State University, then take an in-depth tour of Centre County Historical Society, and finally admire the masterpieces at Bellefonte Art Museum. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have some family-friendly fun at Escape Room Inc, learn about winemaking at Seven Mountains Wine Cellars, and then stroll through Thousand Steps Trail.

Before you visit State College, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Benton to State College takes 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in State College are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in State College

Parks Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Bellefonte Art Museum, Seven Mountains Wine Cellars, Thousand Steps Trail
Highlights from your plan
The Arboretum at Penn State ©
The Arboretum at Penn State
Penn State University ©
Penn State University
Centre County Historical Society ©

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