21 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

21 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

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21 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Philadelphia
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Lancaster
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Gettysburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Jim Thorpe
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Bradford
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Pittsburgh
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Boston

4
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Valley Forge National Historical Park and Museum of the American Revolution. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul and National Constitution Center. Go for a jaunt from Philadelphia to Chadds Ford to see Brandywine River Museum of Art about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at National Museum of American Jewish History, admire the masterpieces at Barnes Foundation, take in the exciting artwork at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, and pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Philadelphia trip planner .

Boston to Philadelphia is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October in Philadelphia, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Lancaster.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Brandywine River Museum of Art, Valley Forge National Historical Park
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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 hidden gems such as National Civil War Museum and AACA Museum, Inc.. Wheatland and Ephrata Cloister are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Lancaster with an excursion to Cullari Vineyards and Winery in Hershey--about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Choo Choo Barn, get engrossed in the history at Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, stop by National Christmas Center, and contemplate the long history of The Amish Farm and House.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Lancaster trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Lancaster takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Philadelphia in October, Lancaster is slightly colder at night with lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Lancaster

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Hershey, Ephrata Cloister, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, National Christmas Center, Choo Choo Barn
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National Civil War Museum ©
National Civil War Museum
Choo Choo Barn ©
Choo Choo Barn
AACA Museum, Inc. ©
AACA Museum, Inc.

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 National Military Park and Dobbin House Tavern will appeal to history buffs. Appreciate the collections at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center and Seminary Ridge Museum, Gettysburg. When in Gettysburg, make a side trip to see United States Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, approximately 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Shriver House Museum, contemplate the long history of Eisenhower National Historic Site, get engrossed in the history at Gettysburg Heritage Center, and take in the history at Abraham Lincoln Statue.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, read our Gettysburg tour itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Lancaster to Gettysburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Gettysburg can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Jim Thorpe.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

United States Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC)
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Eisenhower National Historic Site ©
Eisenhower National Historic Site
Shriver House Museum ©
Shriver House Museum
Little Round Top ©
Little Round Top

1
night
Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe ©
Jim Thorpe is a borough and the county seat of Carbon County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): see the interesting displays at No. 9 Coal Mine & Museum, stop by Sellers Books & Fine Art, then contemplate the long history of Asa Packer Mansion, and finally steep yourself in history at DeFeo's Manor.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Jim Thorpe trip planner .

Getting from Gettysburg to Jim Thorpe by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. October in Jim Thorpe sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bradford.

Things to do in Jim Thorpe

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

No. 9 Coal Mine & Museum
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No. 9 Coal Mine & Museum ©
No. 9 Coal Mine & Museum
Asa Packer Mansion ©
Asa Packer Mansion
DeFeo's Manor ©
DeFeo's Manor

2
nights
Bradford

Bradford ©
Bradford is a city in McKean County, Pennsylvania, United States, close to the border with New York State and approximately south of Buffalo, New York. On the 14th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Zippo / Case Museum, see the interesting displays at McKean County Historical Society, and then immerse yourself in nature at Kinzua Bridge State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Eldred World War II Museum and then explore the stunning scenery at Allegheny National Forest.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Bradford trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Jim Thorpe to Bradford by car takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Jim Thorpe in October, expect Bradford to be little chillier, temps between 60°F and 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Bradford

Nature Museums Parks

Side Trips

McKean County Historical Society, Kinzua Bridge State Park, Eldred World War II Museum, Allegheny National Forest
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Zippo / Case Museum ©
Zippo / Case Museum
Eldred World War II Museum ©
Eldred World War II Museum
McKean County Historical Society ©
McKean County Historical Society

6
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.
Bicycle Heaven and Johnstown Flood Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kentuck Knob and Point State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pittsburgh: Farmington (Mount Washington Tavern & Fort Necessity National Battlefield), Flight 93 Memorial Chapel (in Stonycreek Township) and Flight 93 National Memorial (in Stoystown). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Cathedral of Learning, stroll the grounds of Sewickley Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Fort Ligonier, and get curious at Carnegie Science Center.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Pittsburgh trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Bradford to Pittsburgh takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Bradford in October, Pittsburgh is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 48°F. On the 21st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Farmington, Fort Ligonier, Searight Toll House & Museum, Johnstown Flood Museum, Fallingwater
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Kentuck Knob ©
Kentuck Knob
Bicycle Heaven ©
Bicycle Heaven
Flight 93 Memorial Chapel ©
Flight 93 Memorial Chapel

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