37 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

37 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

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37 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Drive:  1​h 45​min
1
Gettysburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Lancaster
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Philadelphia
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Allentown
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Benton
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
State College
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Erie
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Pittsburgh
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Somerset
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
End: Washington DC

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gettysburg: LeTort Spring Run and Nature Trail (in Carlisle), Heritage Rail Trail County Park (in York) and Cumberland Valley Rail Trail (in Newville). And it doesn't end there: witness the site of a historic battle at Gettysburg National Military Park, appreciate the history behind State of Pennsylvania Monument, take an in-depth tour of Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, and go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Gettysburg attractions planning tool .

Washington DC to Gettysburg is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Washington DC in October, Gettysburg is little chillier at night with lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Lancaster.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

LeTort Spring Run and Nature Trail, Heritage Rail Trail County Park, Revonah Pretzel, Cumberland Valley Rail Trail
Highlights from your plan
Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park
Little Round Top ©
Little Round Top

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Hersheypark and The Amish Farm and House. Change things up with these side-trips from Lancaster: Indian Echo Caverns (in Hummelstown) and The Hershey Story (in Hershey). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Dutch Wonderland, see the interesting displays at Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, relax in the rural setting at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm, and take in the views from Keller's Mill Covered Bridge.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Lancaster road trip app .

Drive from Gettysburg to Lancaster in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Lancaster are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Lancaster

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lititz, Ronks, Ephrata, Hershey, Kitchen Kettle Village
Highlights from your plan
Hersheypark ©
Hersheypark
Dutch Wonderland ©
Dutch Wonderland
Kitchen Kettle Village ©
Kitchen Kettle Village

6
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Family-friendly places like Longwood Gardens and Philadelphia Zoo will thrill your kids. Step out of Philadelphia to go to Valley Forge and see Valley Forge National Historical Park, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art, try to win big at Harrah's Philadelphia, hunt for treasures at Reading Terminal Market, and see the interesting displays at Please Touch Museum.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Philadelphia journey tool .

You can take a train from Lancaster to Philadelphia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lancaster in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Philadelphia, with lows of 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Allentown.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Longwood Gardens, Harrah's Philadelphia, Valley Forge National Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens
The Franklin Institute ©
The Franklin Institute
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art

4
nights
Allentown

Allentown ©
Allentown is a city located in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, United States. Bring the kids along to Klein Farms Dairy and Creamery and Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark. Change things up with these side-trips from Allentown: D&L Trail (in Slatington), Asa Packer Mansion (in Jim Thorpe) and Bushkill Falls (in Bushkill). And it doesn't end there: make a splash at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, learn about winemaking at Weathered Vineyards, get lost in a book at Linderman Library, and sample the tasty concoctions at D.G. Yuengling and Son Brewery.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Allentown online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Philadelphia to Allentown takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Philadelphia in October since evenings lows in Allentown dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Benton.

Things to do in Allentown

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bethlehem, Easton, Tannersville, Asa Packer Mansion, Weathered Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom ©
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom
Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark ©
Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark
Klein Farms Dairy and Creamery ©
Klein Farms Dairy and Creamery

4
nights
Benton

Benton ©
Kids will enjoy Knoebels Amusement Resort and Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine & Steam Train. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Benton: T&D's Cats of the World (in Penns Creek), Wellsboro (Leonard Harrison State Park & Pine Creek Rail Trail) and World of Little League: Peter J. McGovern Museum and Official Store (in South Williamsport).

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Benton route builder app .

You can drive from Allentown to Benton in 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Benton can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to State College.

Things to do in Benton

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Wellsboro, Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine & Steam Train, Knoebels Amusement Resort, T&D's Cats of the World, Cedar Run General Store
Highlights from your plan
Ricketts Glen State Park ©
Ricketts Glen State Park
Knoebels Amusement Resort ©
Knoebels Amusement Resort
Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine & Steam Train ©

2
nights
State College

State College ©
State College is a home rule municipality in Centre County in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): Head underground at Lincoln Caverns, then take in nature's colorful creations at The Arboretum at Penn State, and then deepen your understanding at Penn State University. On the next day, find something for the whole family at Grange Fairgrounds, get engrossed in the history at Centre County Historical Society, and then look for gifts at Peight's Country Store.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the State College tour itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Benton to State College in 2 hours. In November, daytime highs in State College are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Erie.

Things to do in State College

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lincoln Caverns, Peight's Country Store, Grange Fairgrounds
Highlights from your plan
The Arboretum at Penn State ©
The Arboretum at Penn State
Penn State University ©
Penn State University
Lincoln Caverns ©
Lincoln Caverns

3
nights
Erie

Erie ©
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 Linesville Spillway. And it doesn't end there: walk around Presque Isle State Park, examine the collection at Experience Childrens Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Cathedral, and cool off at Waldameer & Water World.

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

Traveling by car from State College to Erie takes 3.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Erie are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Erie

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trip

Linesville Spillway
Highlights from your plan
Waldameer & Water World ©
Waldameer & Water World
Erie Zoo ©
Erie Zoo
Experience Childrens Museum ©
Experience Childrens Museum

5
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and Kennywood Park. Get out of town with these interesting Pittsburgh side-trips: Playthings Etc. (in Butler) and Living Treasures Wild Animal Park (in New Castle). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, engage your brain at Carnegie Science Center, get engrossed in the history at Cathedral of Learning, and explore and take pictures at Mount Washington.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Pittsburgh travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Erie to Pittsburgh by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of car and flight. In November, daytime highs in Pittsburgh are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Somerset.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka, Kennywood Park, Playthings Etc., Living Treasures Wild Animal Park
Highlights from your plan
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium ©
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Kennywood Park ©
Kennywood Park

4
nights
Somerset

Somerset ©
Somerset is a borough in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, United States. Bring the kids along to Alto Model Train Museum and Living Treasures Animal Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Somerset: Staple Bend Tunnel Park (in Mineral Point), Fort Necessity National Battlefield (in Farmington) and Ohiopyle State Park (in Ohiopyle). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Fallingwater, don't miss a visit to Kentuck Knob, take an in-depth tour of Antiochian Heritage Museum, and examine the collection at Wagner-Ritter House and Garden.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Somerset driving holiday planning website .

Getting from Pittsburgh to Somerset by car takes about 1.5 hours. November in Somerset sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Somerset

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Johnstown, Fallingwater, Ohiopyle State Park, Fort Ligonier, Flight 93 National Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Fallingwater ©
Fallingwater
Living Treasures Animal Park ©
Living Treasures Animal Park
Flight 93 National Memorial ©
Flight 93 National Memorial

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