5 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

5 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Pennsylvania trip planner

Make it your trip
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Philadelphia
— 1 night
Drive
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Lancaster
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gettysburg
— 1 night
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Philadelphia

— 1 night

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.
On the 12th (Wed), meet the residents at Philadelphia Zoo and then go for a walk through Longwood Gardens. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary, admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art, then steep yourself in history at Liberty Bell Center, then ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Boathouse Row.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Philadelphia travel planner.

Pittsburgh to Philadelphia is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Pittsburgh in August since evenings lows in Philadelphia dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lancaster.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
On the 14th (Fri), find something for the whole family at Hersheypark. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Dutch Wonderland, experience rural life at Old Windmill Farm, and then identify plant and animal life at Refreshing Mountain.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lancaster trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Philadelphia to Lancaster in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Philadelphia in August, expect little chillier with lows of 62°F in Lancaster. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Lancaster

Theme Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trips

Gettysburg

— 1 night
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 16th (Sun): get your bearings at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, then witness the site of a historic battle at Gettysburg National Military Park, then stroll the grounds of Gettysburg National Cemetery, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Gettysburg trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lancaster to Gettysburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Gettysburg can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Pennsylvania travel guide

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History Museums · Casinos · Specialty 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.