4 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

4 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Pennsylvania route planner

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Philadelphia
— 1 day
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Lancaster
— 1 night
Drive
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Gettysburg
— 2 nights
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Philadelphia

— 1 day

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): admire the striking features of City Hall Visitor Center, then contemplate the long history of Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, then admire the masterpieces at Rodin Museum, and finally take in panoramic vistas at One Liberty Observation Deck.

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New York City to Philadelphia is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Philadelphia can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Lancaster.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Historic Sites · Museums

Lancaster

— 1 night

Red Rose City

The heart of Pennsylvania's famous "Dutch Country," Lancaster is one of the nation's oldest inland cities, founded in 1730.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): browse the eclectic array of goods at Lancaster Central Market, examine the collection at Choo Choo Barn, then take an in-depth tour of Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, and finally look for gifts at The Old Country Store.

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Drive from Philadelphia to Lancaster in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in May, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Lancaster

Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Gettysburg

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Seminary Ridge Museum and Education Center, contemplate the long history of Eisenhower National Historic Site, get your game on at Victorian Photography Studio, appreciate the extensive heritage of Shriver House Museum, then contemplate the long history of Dobbin House Tavern, and finally take in the history at Abraham Lincoln Statue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Little Round Top, tour the pleasant surroundings at Devils Den, then take in the views from Sachs Covered Bridge, and finally examine the collection at Mister Ed's Elephant Museum.

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Traveling by car from Lancaster to Gettysburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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.