35 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

35 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

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35 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

Start: Rochester
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Pittsburgh
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Ohiopyle
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Gettysburg
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Lancaster
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Tannersville
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Wellsboro
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Altoona
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Cooksburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Erie
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Rochester

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to West Virginia Penitentiary and Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex. Step out of the city life by going to Mill Creek Park and Buttermilk Falls Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pittsburgh: Living Treasures Wild Animal Park (in New Castle) and McConnells Mill State Park (in Portersville). There's still lots to do: explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Anthony Chapel, explore the different monuments and memorials at Allegheny Cemetery, and steep yourself in history at USS Requin.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Pittsburgh road trip site .

Rochester to Pittsburgh is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rochester to Pittsburgh due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in August, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ohiopyle.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Moundsville, Mill Creek Park, Buttermilk Falls Park, McConnells Mill State Park, Living Treasures Wild Animal Park
Highlights from your plan
Heinz Memorial Chapel ©
Heinz Memorial Chapel
Mill Creek Park ©
Mill Creek Park

2
nights
Ohiopyle

Ohiopyle ©
Ohiopyle is a borough in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, United States. On the 3rd (Tue), immerse yourself in nature at Herrington Manor State Park, enjoy some diversion at Adventure Sports Center International, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Jumonville Glen. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Powdermill Nature Reserve, steep yourself in history at Spruce Forest Artisan Village, and then immerse yourself in nature at New Germany State Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ohiopyle trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Pittsburgh to Ohiopyle by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Pittsburgh in September, things will get a bit cooler in Ohiopyle: highs are around 68°F and lows about 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Ohiopyle

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Grantsville, Herrington Manor State Park, Adventure Sports Center International, Powdermill Nature Reserve, Jumonville Glen
Highlights from your plan
Herrington Manor State Park ©
Herrington Manor State Park
Spruce Forest Artisan Village ©
Spruce Forest Artisan Village
New Germany State Park ©
New Germany State Park

5
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.
Bring the kids along to Codorus State Park and Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cacapon Resort State Park and Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gettysburg: Harpers Ferry (Appalachian National Scenic Trail & The Point), Monocacy National Battlefield (in Frederick) and Cascade Falls (in Pembroke). There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of Evergreen Cemetery, appreciate the history behind Lincoln Statue at Wills House, explore the wealth of natural beauty at The Eternal Light Peace Memorial, and immerse yourself in nature at Catoctin Mountain Park.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Gettysburg travel route website .

You can drive from Ohiopyle to Gettysburg in 3 hours. While traveling from Ohiopyle, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Gettysburg, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Lancaster.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Harpers Ferry, Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, Codorus State Park, Catoctin Mountain Park, Cacapon Resort State Park
Highlights from your plan
Catoctin Mountain Park ©
Catoctin Mountain Park
Cascade Falls ©
Cascade Falls
C&O Canal Trust ©
C&O Canal Trust

4
nights
Lancaster

Lancaster ©
The heart of Pennsylvania's famous "Dutch Country," Lancaster is one of the nation's oldest inland cities, founded in 1730.
Visit Ephrata Cloister and Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Betterton Beach and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lancaster: Wildwood Park (in Harrisburg), Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine & Steam Train (in Ashland) and Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area (in Kleinfeltersville). There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Kreider Farms, stroll the grounds of Woodward Hill Cemetery, and look for gifts at Olio Olive Oils & Balsamics.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lancaster online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Gettysburg to Lancaster takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In September in Lancaster, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Tannersville.

Things to do in Lancaster

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Olio Olive Oils & Balsamics, Ephrata Cloister, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Betterton Beach, Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine & Steam Train
Highlights from your plan
Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine & Steam Train ©
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary ©
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site ©

3
nights
Tannersville

Tannersville ©
The village of Tannersville, in Pocono Township, Pennsylvania, is the site of the popular Camelback Ski Area and Camelbeach Waterpark. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lacawac Sanctuary and Tobyhanna State Park. Get in touch with nature at Austin T Blakeslee Natural Area and Pocono Environmental Education Center. Get out of town with these interesting Tannersville side-trips: Kadampa Meditation Center New York and World Peace Temple (in Glen Spey), Boulder Field (in Lake Harmony) and Roebling Aqueduct Suspension Bridge (in Lackawaxen). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Big Pocono State Park, learn about winemaking at Blue Ridge Estate Winery, and admire the sheer force of Resica Falls.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tannersville driving holiday tool .

You can drive from Lancaster to Tannersville in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Lancaster in September: high temperatures in Tannersville hover around 71°F and lows are around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Wellsboro.

Things to do in Tannersville

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Tobyhanna State Park, Resica Falls, Boulder Field, Blue Ridge Estate Winery, Austin T Blakeslee Natural Area
Highlights from your plan
Tobyhanna State Park ©
Tobyhanna State Park
Pocono Environmental Education Center ©
Boulder Field ©
Boulder Field

3
nights
Wellsboro

Wellsboro ©
Wellsboro is a borough in Tioga County, Pennsylvania, United States, 52mi northwest of Williamsport. Attractions like Tanglewood Nature Center & Museum and Eldridge Park make great kid-friendly stops. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hyner View State Park and Harris Hill Soaring Corporation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wellsboro: Elmira (Woodlawn Cemetery of Elmira & Woodlawn National Cemetery). The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Hills Creek State Park and stop by The Farmer's Daughters.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Wellsboro trip maker app .

Drive from Tannersville to Wellsboro in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Altoona.

Things to do in Wellsboro

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Elmira, Hyner View State Park
Highlights from your plan
Woodlawn Cemetery of Elmira ©
Woodlawn Cemetery of Elmira
Hills Creek State Park ©
Hills Creek State Park
Eldridge Park ©
Eldridge Park

5
nights
Altoona

Altoona ©
Altoona is a city in Blair County, Pennsylvania, United States. Visit Allegheny Portage Railroad and The Historic Lincoln Highway for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shaver's Creek Raptor Center and Millbrook Marsh Nature Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Trough Creek State Park (in James Creek), National Museum of the American Coverlet (in Bedford) and Bilger Rocks (in Curwensville). There's much more to do: trek along Rock Run Recreation Park, admire the majestic nature at Black Moshannon State Park, revel in the low prices at Boyer Candy Factory Outlet, and don't miss a visit to 321 Gallery.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Altoona online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Wellsboro to Altoona takes 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Altoona are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cooksburg.

Things to do in Altoona

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Hollidaysburg, Patton, Bedford, Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, Trough Creek State Park
Highlights from your plan
Trough Creek State Park ©
Trough Creek State Park
Allegheny Portage Railroad ©
Allegheny Portage Railroad
Black Moshannon State Park ©
Black Moshannon State Park

4
nights
Cooksburg

Cooksburg ©
Get in touch with nature at Clear Creek State Park and Chapman State Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Country Squirrel Outfitters and Jakes Rock Picnic Area. Venture out of the city with trips to Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center (in Punxsutawney), Oil Creek State Park (in Oil City) and Tionesta Lake and Dam (in Tionesta).

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cooksburg trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Altoona to Cooksburg in 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Cooksburg can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Erie.

Things to do in Cooksburg

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Red Bandana Winery, Country Squirrel Outfitters, Blackbird Distillery, Tionesta Lake and Dam, Clear Creek State Park
Highlights from your plan
Clear Creek State Park ©
Clear Creek State Park
Country Squirrel Outfitters ©
Country Squirrel Outfitters
Chapman State Park ©
Chapman State Park

4
nights
Erie

Erie ©
Erie boasts a state park, casino, and racetrack all with the name Presque Isle.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake Erie Bluffs and Linesville Spillway. Your inner history buff will appreciate Lake View Cemetery and St. Patrick Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Erie: Johnson Estate Winery (in Westfield), Audubon Community Nature Center (in Jamestown) and Pymatuning State Park (in Jamestown). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Conneaut Township Park, and let the kids burn off some steam at Asbury Woods.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Erie holiday planning site .

You can drive from Cooksburg to Erie in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in September, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Erie

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Jamestown, Pymatuning State Park, Johnson Estate Winery, Linesville Spillway, Conneaut Township Park
Highlights from your plan
Asbury  Woods ©
Asbury Woods
Lake View Cemetery ©
Lake View Cemetery
Lake Erie Bluffs ©
Lake Erie Bluffs

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