30 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

30 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

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Pittsburgh
— 4 nights
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Erie
— 4 nights
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State College
— 4 nights
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Gettysburg
— 5 nights
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Lancaster
— 4 nights
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Philadelphia
— 8 nights
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Pittsburgh

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and Bicycle Heaven. Get out of town with these interesting Pittsburgh side-trips: Fallingwater (in Mill Run), Round Hill Park (in Elizabeth) and Mister Rogers' Park Bench (in Latrobe). The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Go Ape Zipline & Adventure Park, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at National Aviary, take in the spiritual surroundings of Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Anthony Chapel.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Pittsburgh trip itinerary site.

Durham to Pittsburgh is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Durham in April; daily highs in Pittsburgh reach 63°F and lows reach 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Erie.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Parks · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

4
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Erie

Flagship City

Erie boasts a state park, casino, and racetrack all with the name Presque Isle.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park Resort and Presque Isle State Park. Explore Erie's surroundings by going to Simpler Times Museum (in Tidioute) and Whistle Stop Antique Mall (in Corry). The adventure continues: test your team's savvy at Escape Game Erie, bet on your favorite at Eriez Speedway, pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, and walk around Tom Ridge Environmental Center.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Erie attractions planning app.

Traveling by car from Pittsburgh to Erie takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Pittsburgh in April, expect Erie to be slightly colder, temps between 56°F and 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to State College.

Things to do in Erie

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

4
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State College

State College is a home rule municipality in Centre County in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Bring the kids along to Penn State University and Clyde Peeling's Reptiland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around State College: Pine Creek Rail Trail (in Wellsboro), T&D's Cats of the World (in Penns Creek) and Isett Acres Museum (in Huntingdon). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at The Arboretum at Penn State, walk around Tom Tudek Memorial Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, and take an in-depth tour of Centre County Historical Society.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the State College online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Erie to State College takes 3.5 hours. April in State College sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Gettysburg.

Things to do in State College

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

5
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Gettysburg National Military Park and Horseback Riding Tours. There's much more to do: witness the site of a historic battle at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, examine the collection at Gettysburg Museum of History, get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, and stroll the grounds of Gettysburg National Cemetery.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Gettysburg online trip planner.

Traveling by car from State College to Gettysburg takes 2.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Gettysburg are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Lancaster.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

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Lancaster

Red Rose City

The heart of Pennsylvania's famous "Dutch Country," Lancaster is one of the nation's oldest inland cities, founded in 1730.
Bring the kids along to Hersheypark and Refreshing Mountain. Explore Lancaster's surroundings by going to Escape Games Live (in York) and Hershey (The Hershey Story Museum, Hershey Gardens, &more). The adventure continues: experience rural life at Old Windmill Farm, browse the eclectic array of goods at Root's Country Market & Auction, steep yourself in history at The Amish Farm and House, and take an in-depth tour of Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Lancaster attractions app.

Drive from Gettysburg to Lancaster in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Lancaster can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Lancaster

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

8
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Philadelphia

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Family-friendly places like Longwood Gardens and Independence Hall will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Philadelphia: Sandy Hollow (in West Chester), Brandywine River Museum of Art (in Chadds Ford) and Morgan Log House (in Lansdale). Spend the 27th (Tue) exploring nature at Independence National Historical Park. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art, appreciate the history behind Liberty Bell Center, see the interesting displays at The Franklin Institute, and test your problem-solving skills at Expedition Escape! - Escape Room.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Philadelphia trip builder.

Getting from Lancaster to Philadelphia by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Philadelphia can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Pennsylvania travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Casinos · 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.