43 days in Washington DC, Pennsylvania & Portland Itinerary

43 days in Washington DC, Pennsylvania & Portland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour planner

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Washington DC
— 8 nights
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Philadelphia
— 6 nights
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Lancaster
— 2 nights
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Gettysburg
— 7 nights
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Bradford
— 1 night
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Pittsburgh
— 6 nights
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Washington DC

— 8 nights
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Take a break from the city and head to U.S. National Arboretum and North Beach. Kids will appreciate attractions like Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and The Walters Art Museum. Explore Washington DC's surroundings by going to Patapsco Valley State Park (in Ellicott City), Hampden (in Baltimore) and Meadowlark Botanical Garden (in Vienna). And it doesn't end there: get a sense of history and politics at Maryland State House, see the interesting displays at National Postal Museum, make a trip to John F. Kennedy Grave Site, and pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Women's Memorial.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Washington DC itinerary planning tool.

Amarillo to Washington DC is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Amarillo in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 37°F in Washington DC. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can catch the train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Philadelphia

— 6 nights

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S. democracy, as it was once the meeting place for the country's Founding Fathers.
Do your shopping at Reading Terminal Market and Philadelphia's Magic Gardens. Bring the kids along to Wanamaker Organ and Rocky Statue. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Philadelphia: SteelStacks (in Bethlehem), Valley Forge National Historical Park (in Valley Forge) and Cabela's (in Hamburg). Spend the 5th (Tue) exploring nature at Independence National Historical Park. There's lots more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at King of Prussia Mall, pick up some local products at Fifer Orchards - Farm, Country Store and CSA, stroll through Smyrna Rest Area, and fly down the slopes at Camelback Mountain Ski Resort.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Philadelphia day trip planning app.

Take a train from Washington DC to Philadelphia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 41°F, and evening lows to 26°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Lancaster.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Lancaster

— 2 nights

Red Rose City

The heart of Pennsylvania's famous "Dutch Country," Lancaster is one of the nation's oldest inland cities, founded in 1730.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): hunt for treasures at Lancaster Central Market, then look for gifts at Kitchen Kettle Village, and then get engrossed in the history at Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. On the next day, examine the collection at The Hershey Story Museum and then explore the fascinating underground world of Indian Echo Caverns.

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Traveling by car from Philadelphia to Lancaster takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Philadelphia in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Lancaster, with lows of 21°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Lancaster

Shopping · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Gettysburg

— 7 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.
For shopping fun, head to Blue Goose Fruit Market & Bakery or Hagerstown Premium Outlets. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Devils Den and Berkeley Springs State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gettysburg: Harpers Ferry (Harpers Ferry National Historical Park & Vivo Day Spa), Antietam National Battlefield (in Sharpsburg) and Frederick (Historic Downtown Frederick, National Museum of Civil War Medicine, &more). The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of Gettysburg National Cemetery, get to know the resident critters at Give Purrs a Chance, don't miss a visit to Roddy Road Covered Bridge, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Pennsylvania Dutch Market.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Gettysburg vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Lancaster to Gettysburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Gettysburg can reach 37°F, while at night they dip to 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bradford.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Bradford

— 1 night
Bradford is a city in McKean County, Pennsylvania, United States, close to the border with New York State and approximately south of Buffalo, New York. On the 17th (Sun), examine the collection at Zippo / Case Museum & Flagship Store and then admire the majestic nature at Kinzua Bridge State Park.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bradford trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Gettysburg to Bradford takes 5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Gettysburg in January: high temperatures in Bradford hover around 30°F and lows are around 14°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Bradford

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Pittsburgh

— 6 nights

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.
Get in touch with nature at Mount Washington and Ohiopyle State Park. Kids will appreciate attractions like Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and Carnegie Museum of Natural History. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Bicycle Heaven, take a stroll through Strip District, get engrossed in the history at Cathedral of Learning, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Pittsburgh online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Bradford to Pittsburgh in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Bradford in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Pittsburgh, with lows around 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Museums · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Portland

— 12 nights

City of Roses

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Attractions like Willamette Valley and Esther Short Park make great kid-friendly stops. Head to Live Laugh Love Art and Woodburn Premium Outletsfor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Portland: Salem (Minto-Brown Island Park & Salem Railroad Station), Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area (in Pacific City) and Cape Lookout State Park (in Tillamook). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Forest Park, browse the eclectic array of goods at Portland Saturday Market, fly down the slopes at Mt. Hood Adventure Park at Skibowl, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Portland online road trip planner.

You can fly from Pittsburgh to Portland in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Pittsburgh in January, expect Portland to be somewhat warmer, temps between 46°F and 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Pennsylvania travel guide

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Casinos · Specialty Museums · 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.