22 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

22 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

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22 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Erie
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Pittsburgh
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
State College
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Gettysburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Lancaster
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
6
Philadelphia
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Chicago

2
nights
Erie

Erie ©
Erie boasts a state park, casino, and racetrack all with the name Presque Isle.
On the 8th (Fri), do a tasting at Courtyard Wineries. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cool off at Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park Resort, don't miss a visit to Schaefer's Auto Art, and then walk around Presque Isle State Park.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Erie holiday maker .

Chicago to Erie is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. May in Erie sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Erie

Parks Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Courtyard Wineries, Hearts Content Scenic Area
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Presque Isle State Park ©
Presque Isle State Park
Courtyard Wineries ©
Courtyard Wineries
Asbury  Woods ©
Asbury Woods

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Pittsburgh side-trips: Mount Washington Tavern (in Farmington), Flight 93 National Memorial (in Stoystown) and Fallingwater (in Mill Run). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, take a stroll through The Strip District, examine the collection at Bicycle Heaven, and relax in the rural setting at Shenot Farm & Market.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Pittsburgh day trip planning site .

You can drive from Erie to Pittsburgh in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of car and flight. In May in Pittsburgh, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to State College.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shenot Farm & Market, Flight 93 National Memorial, Rivers of Steel, Mount Washington Tavern, Fallingwater
Highlights from your plan
Bicycle Heaven ©
Bicycle Heaven
Fallingwater ©
Fallingwater

3
nights
State College

State College ©
State College is a home rule municipality in Centre County in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. You'll find plenty of places to visit near State College: Peight's Country Store (in Belleville), Ole Bull State Park (in Cross Fork) and Laurel Mountain Vineyard (in Falls Creek). There's much more to do: deepen your understanding at Penn State University, get engrossed in the history at Centre County Historical Society, admire the masterpieces at Bellefonte Art Museum, and admire the natural beauty at The Arboretum at Penn State.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read State College trip planner.

Drive from Pittsburgh to State College in 3 hours. In May in State College, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Gettysburg.

Things to do in State College

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Ole Bull State Park, Lake Erie, Peight's Country Store, Bellefonte Art Museum, Laurel Mountain Vineyard
Highlights from your plan
The Arboretum at Penn State ©
The Arboretum at Penn State
Penn State University ©
Penn State University
Centre County Historical Society ©
Centre County Historical Society

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: take in the history at Gettysburg National Military Park, take an in-depth tour of Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, steep yourself in history at Little Round Top, and get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Gettysburg trip itinerary maker app .

Drive from State College to Gettysburg in 2.5 hours. May in Gettysburg sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Lancaster.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Devils Den ©
Devils Den
Horseback Riding Tours

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Lancaster side-trips: Hershey (Hersheypark & Hershey Gardens). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at The Amish Farm and House, get in on the family fun at Dutch Wonderland, view the masterpieces at Christiane David Gallery, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Bootleg Antiques.

To find out how to plan a trip to Lancaster, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Gettysburg to Lancaster by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Lancaster are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Lancaster

Theme Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Hershey, Ephrata Cloister, Kitchen Kettle Village, Bootleg Antiques, Root's Country Market & Auction
Highlights from your plan
Hersheypark ©
Hersheypark
The Amish Farm and House ©
The Amish Farm and House
Landis Valley Museum ©
Landis Valley Museum

5
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Get out of town with these interesting Philadelphia side-trips: The Justice Bell (in King of Prussia) and Longwood Gardens (in Kennett Square). There's much more to do: ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall, appreciate the history behind Liberty Bell Center, get in on the excitement at Urban Axes Philadelphia, and stroll around Wissahickon Valley Park.

Plan my day in Philadelphia using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can take a train from Lancaster to Philadelphia in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Philadelphia can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Longwood Gardens, The Justice Bell, Chanticleer, Harrah's Philadelphia
Highlights from your plan
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens
Harrah's Philadelphia ©
Harrah's Philadelphia

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