6 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

6 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

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6 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

Start: New York City
train:  1​h 45​min
1
Philadelphia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Hershey
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Gettysburg
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Pittsburgh
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
night
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
On the 3rd (Wed), explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art and then admire the local landmark of Longwood Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Independence National Historical Park, browse the exhibits of Independence Hall, then trek along Kelly Drive, then witness the site of a historic battle at Valley Forge National Historical Park, and finally pause for some photo ops at Rocky Statue.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Philadelphia driving holiday planner.

New York City to Philadelphia is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Philadelphia can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Hershey.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Longwood Gardens, Valley Forge National Historical Park
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Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens
Independence National Historical Park ©

2
nights
Hershey

Hershey ©
Home of the Hershey Chocolate Company, the town of Hershey is regularly referred to as the sweetest place on earth.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Indian Echo Caverns, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Tobias Wildlife Park, and then get a sense of history and politics at Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Capitol Complex. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): find something for the whole family at Hersheypark.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hershey trip planner .

Traveling by car from Philadelphia to Hershey takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. July in Hershey sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Hershey

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Indian Echo Caverns, Lake Tobias Wildlife Park, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Capitol Complex
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Hersheypark ©
Hersheypark
Lake Tobias Wildlife Park ©
Lake Tobias Wildlife Park
Indian Echo Caverns ©
Indian Echo Caverns

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, then take in the history at Gettysburg National Military Park, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Gettysburg National Cemetery, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Gettysburg online route planner .

Traveling by car from Hershey to Gettysburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Gettysburg are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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1
night
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.
On the 8th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, then explore and take pictures at PNC Park, then pause for some photo ops at Southern Pennsylvania World War II Memorial, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Washington.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Pittsburgh holiday builder website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Gettysburg to Pittsburgh in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in July, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Parks Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trip

Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve
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Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve ©
Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve
Mount Washington ©
Mount Washington
PNC Park ©
PNC Park

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