23 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

23 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Pennsylvania route planner

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Philadelphia
— 4 nights
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Lancaster
— 4 nights
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Gettysburg
— 4 nights
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Mill Run
— 2 nights
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Pittsburgh
— 3 nights
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Erie
— 2 nights
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State College
— 3 nights
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Philadelphia

— 4 nights

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S. democracy, as it was once the meeting place for the country's Founding Fathers.
Venture out of the city with trips to Brandywine polo (in Toughkenamon), Longwood Gardens (in Kennett Square) and Valley Forge National Historical Park (in Valley Forge). There's much more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall, explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, try your luck at Harrah's Philadelphia, and see the interesting displays at The Franklin Institute.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Philadelphia tour itinerary planner.

New York City to Philadelphia is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Lancaster.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Capitol Complex (in Harrisburg) and Hershey (Hersheypark & The Hershey Story Museum). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of The Amish Farm and House, examine the collection at Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, browse the eclectic array of goods at Root's Country Market & Auction, and experience rural life at Old Windmill Farm.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Lancaster travel route planning website.

Getting from Philadelphia to Lancaster by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Lancaster when traveling from Philadelphia in July, with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Lancaster

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Gettysburg

— 4 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.
Gettysburg is known for historic sites, museums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the history at Gettysburg National Military Park, examine the collection at Gettysburg Museum of History, get advice or help at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, and stroll the grounds of Gettysburg National Cemetery.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Gettysburg online day trip planner.

Getting from Lancaster to Gettysburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. In July in Gettysburg, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Mill Run.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Mill Run

— 2 nights
Springfield Township is a township in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, United States. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Fallingwater, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and then pause for some photo ops at Braddock Grave. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Mount Washington Tavern, then take in the dramatic scenery at Cucumber Falls, and then immerse yourself in nature at Ohiopyle State Park.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Mill Run tour builder website.

Fly from Gettysburg to Mill Run in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Mill Run

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Pittsburgh

— 3 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.
Pittsburgh is known for museums, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Bicycle Heaven, admire the majestic nature at Point State Park, get a variety of perspectives on a duck tour, and admire the natural beauty at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Pittsburgh tour itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Mill Run to Pittsburgh in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. July in Pittsburgh sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Erie.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Erie

— 2 nights

Flagship City

Erie boasts a state park, casino, and racetrack all with the name Presque Isle.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Perry Monument, then walk around Presque Isle State Park, and then stroll around Tom Ridge Environmental Center. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Port Erie Bicentennial Tower, then cool off at Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park Resort, then get to know the resident critters at Erie Zoo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick Church.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Erie trip builder site.

You can fly from Pittsburgh to Erie in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Erie are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to State College.

Things to do in Erie

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

State College

— 3 nights
State College is a home rule municipality in Centre County in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Get out of town with these interesting State College side-trips: Jacks Mountain (in Mill Creek), Pine Creek Rail Trail (in Wellsboro) and DelGrosso's Amusement Park (in Tipton). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at The Arboretum at Penn State, identify plant and animal life at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, surround yourself with nature on Penn's Cave & Wildlife Park, and deepen your understanding at Penn State University.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our State College online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Erie to State College takes 3.5 hours. July in State College sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in State College

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Pennsylvania travel guide

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Casinos · Specialty Museums · 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.