5 days in Pennsylvania, West Virginia & Kentucky Itinerary

5 days in Pennsylvania, West Virginia & Kentucky Itinerary

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Gettysburg
— 1 day
Drive
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Ohiopyle
— 1 night
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White Sulphur Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Lexington
— 1 night
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Bardstown
— 1 night
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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.
On the 2nd (Sun), pause for some photo ops at Vermont Monument, make a trip to Monument to Major General George Gordon Meade, appreciate the history behind United States Regulars Monument, appreciate the history behind Equestrian Statue of General John F. Reynolds, then test your problem-solving skills at Escape Gettysburg, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Ronn Palm's Museum of Civil War Images.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Gettysburg trip planner.

Washington DC to Gettysburg is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Washington DC in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Gettysburg, with lows of 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Ohiopyle.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

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Ohiopyle

Ohiopyle is a borough in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, United States. On the 3rd (Mon), see Off-Road Driving Academy, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Woodlands Spa at Nemacolin, then tee off at Mystic Rock, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Run Nature Reserve.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ohiopyle route maker.

Traveling by car from Gettysburg to Ohiopyle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, Ohiopyle is little chillier than Gettysburg - with highs of 72°F and lows of 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to White Sulphur Springs.

Things to do in Ohiopyle

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

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White Sulphur Springs

White Sulphur Springs is a city in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, United States. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Blue Bend Recreation Area, look for all kinds of wild species at The Greenbrier, then try your luck at The Casino Club at the Greenbrier, and finally play a few rounds at Meadows Golf Course.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the White Sulphur Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ohiopyle to White Sulphur Springs takes 4 hours. When traveling from Ohiopyle in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in White Sulphur Springs: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Lexington.

Things to do in White Sulphur Springs

Parks · Wildlife · Fun & Games · Casinos
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Lexington

Horse Capital of the World

Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): glide peacefully along the water with SUP Kentucky, hike along Legacy Trail, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bluegrass Distillers, then sample the tasty concoctions at West Sixth Brewing, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at James E. Pepper Distillery.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Lexington itinerary planner.

You can drive from White Sulphur Springs to Lexington in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from White Sulphur Springs in August, things will get a bit warmer in Lexington: highs are around 85°F and lows about 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bardstown.

Things to do in Lexington

Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Tours

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Bardstown

Bardstown is a home rule-class city in Nelson County, Kentucky, in the United States. On the 6th (Thu), pause for some photo ops at Shaq & Coco, see the interesting displays at Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History, then steep yourself in history at Spalding Hall, then sample the fine beverages at Preservation Distillery, and finally learn about winemaking at McIntyre's Winery & Berries.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Bardstown day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Lexington to Bardstown takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bardstown

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Pennsylvania travel guide

4.3
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.

West Virginia travel guide

4.1
Historic Sites · State Parks · Zipline
The Mountain State
Located entirely within the Appalachian Mountain region, the aptly nicknamed "Mountain State" represents the highest state east of the Mississippi River with an average elevation of about 460 m (1,500 ft) above sea level. With an official motto of "Mountaineers are always free," West Virginia is home to a fiercely independent people, proud of their state's rich natural resources, physical beauty, and traditional culture. The state is often overlooked by tourists, and its major attractions retain an off-the-beaten-path character and exemplify a laid-back pace of life. West Virginians like to describe their part of the country as both wild and wonderful, a claim you can easily test on a holiday here by filling your itinerary with exploration of the state's green mountains, white-water rivers, and historical small towns.

Kentucky travel guide

4.5
Caves · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
The Bluegrass State
A diverse region of sprawling farmland and rich cultural heritage, Kentucky is the birthplace of American horse racing and home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby. While the cities of Lexington and Louisville experience the majority of the state's tourism, Kentucky is also a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts with its array of natural attractions, including the Cumberland Gap and the world's longest cave system at Mammoth Cave National Park. Take a tour through original Civil War battlefields to delve into the nation's history, or head to one of the many bourbon distilleries to learn more about Kentucky's most famous export.