26 days in Pennsylvania & New York State Itinerary

26 days in Pennsylvania & New York State Itinerary

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26 days in Pennsylvania & New York State Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Philadelphia
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Central Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Lake George
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Cooperstown
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Intercourse
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Gettysburg
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Pittsburgh
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Phoenix

4
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Rodin Museum and Congregation Beth Yeshua. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Amish Farm and House and The African American Museum in Philadelphia. Step out of Philadelphia to go to Lancaster and see Dutch Wonderland, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Rocky Statue, admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art, browse the eclectic array of goods at Reading Terminal Market, and don't miss a visit to Liberty Bell Center.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Philadelphia trip planning tool .

Phoenix to Philadelphia is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Phoenix in May, with highs in Philadelphia at 74°F and lows at 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Central Valley.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Lancaster
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Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Rodin Museum ©
Rodin Museum
The Amish Farm and House ©
The Amish Farm and House

1
night
Central Valley

Central Valley ©
Central Valley is a hamlet in Orange County, New York, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): do a tasting at Palaia Vineyards Winery, look for gifts at Prada, and then get some fabulous bargains at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Central Valley route planner.

Getting from Philadelphia to Central Valley by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Central Valley when traveling from Philadelphia in May, with lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lake George.

Things to do in Central Valley

Shopping Wineries

Side Trip

Palaia Vineyards Winery
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Woodbury Common Premium Outlets ©
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
Prada ©
Prada

4
nights
Lake George

Lake George ©
A playground for America’s wealthy families, Lake George was nicknamed "Queen of the American Lakes." While these families often stayed in private country houses, a tourism industry built up around them in the early 20th century facilitated by two YMCAs.
Get some cultural insight at New York State Museum and Adirondack Winery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Wild Center and Prospect Mountain. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lake George: Whiteface Mountain (in Wilmington) and Mirror Lake (in Lake Placid). It doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake George and browse for treasures at Glenwood Manor Antiques & More.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Lake George road trip tool .

You can drive from Central Valley to Lake George in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cooperstown.

Things to do in Lake George

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Whiteface Mountain, The Wild Center, Mirror Lake, New York State Museum, Glenwood Manor Antiques & More
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The Wild Center ©
The Wild Center
New York State Museum ©
New York State Museum
Adirondack Winery ©
Adirondack Winery

4
nights
Cooperstown

Cooperstown ©
Best known as the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown embraces Americana.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site. Shop till you drop at Destiny USA and World's Largest Kaleidoscope. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cooperstown: Petrified Creatures (in Richfield Springs), Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum (in Hyde Park) and The Worlds Smallest Church (in Oneida). There's much more to do: Head underground at Howe Caverns, see the interesting displays at National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, and look for gifts at Riverwood Gifts.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cooperstown trip planner .

Getting from Lake George to Cooperstown by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Intercourse.

Things to do in Cooperstown

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Hyde Park, The Worlds Smallest Church, Howe Caverns, World's Largest Kaleidoscope, Petrified Creatures
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Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt ©
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt
Destiny USA ©
Destiny USA

4
nights
Intercourse

Intercourse ©
Intercourse is an unincorporated village and census-designated place in Leacock Township, Lancaster County in the U.S. Get some cultural insight at Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania and Knoebels History Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area and Columbia County Historical & Genealogical Society. Get out of town with these interesting Intercourse side-trips: Limestone Springs Preserve (in Richland), Longwood Gardens (in Kennett Square) and Knoebels Amusement Resort (in Elysburg). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Blair Vineyards, browse for treasures at Mother Tucker's Antiques and Collectibles, look for gifts at Kitchen Kettle Village, and get some fabulous bargains at Aimee and Daria's Doll Outlet.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Intercourse planner .

Getting from Cooperstown to Intercourse by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Intercourse when traveling from Cooperstown in May, with lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Intercourse

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trips

Ronks, Elysburg, Mother Tucker's Antiques and Collectibles, Blair Vineyards, Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area
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Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens
Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area ©
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania ©
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Golden Lane Art and Antique Gallery and The Bare Wall Gift Shop. Step off the beaten path and head to Eisenhower National Historic Site and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Capitol Complex. Get out of town with these interesting Gettysburg side-trips: Hershey (Hersheypark, The Hershey Story, & more) and National Civil War Museum (in Harrisburg). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Gettysburg Museum of History, take an in-depth tour of Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, stroll the grounds of Gettysburg National Cemetery, and admire all the interesting features of Gettysburg National Military Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Gettysburg trip site .

You can drive from Intercourse to Gettysburg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Hershey, Harrisburg, Golden Lane Art and Antique Gallery
Highlights from your plan

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Senator John Heinz History Center and Flight 93 National Memorial. Explore hidden gems such as Carnegie Science Center and Braddock Grave. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pittsburgh: Fallingwater (in Mill Run) and Wagner-Ritter House and Garden (in Johnstown). There's lots more to do: get to know the resident critters at National Aviary, admire the masterpieces at Andy Warhol Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Washington, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Pittsburgh online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Gettysburg to Pittsburgh takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. June in Pittsburgh sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Museums Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Wagner-Ritter House and Garden, Flight 93 National Memorial, Braddock Grave, Fallingwater
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Senator John Heinz History Center ©
Senator John Heinz History Center
Carnegie Science Center ©
Carnegie Science Center
Flight 93 National Memorial ©
Flight 93 National Memorial

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