7 days in New Jersey & Pennsylvania Itinerary

7 days in New Jersey & Pennsylvania Itinerary

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7 days in New Jersey & Pennsylvania Itinerary

Start: New York City
Drive:  3​h
1
Cape May
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Gettysburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Philadelphia
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Cape May

Cape May ©
Cape May represents the other Jersey Shore--the one you don't see on TV--the one with a rich history and a refined, relaxed atmosphere.
Head to Atlantic City Boardwalk and Blue Edenfor some retail therapy. You'll get in some beach time at Cape May City Beaches and Stone Harbor Point. Step out of Cape May to go to Oceanville and see Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Wildwood Beach, meet the residents at Cape May County Park & Zoo, and stroll through North Wildwood Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cape May day trip app .

New York City to Cape May is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train, tram, and bus. July in Cape May sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Cape May

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Stone Harbor, North Wildwood Beach, Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Atlantic City Boardwalk, Wildwood Beach
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Atlantic City Boardwalk ©
Atlantic City Boardwalk
Cape May City Beaches ©
Cape May City Beaches

2
nights
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.
On the 14th (Sun), explore the different monuments and memorials at Gettysburg National Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Little Round Top, then admire all the interesting features of Devils Den, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Confederate Trails of Gettysburg. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, browse the exhibits of Jennie Wade House, contemplate the long history of Shriver House Museum, then get your game on at Victorian Photography Studio, and finally admire all the interesting features of Gettysburg National Military Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Gettysburg journey maker tool .

Traveling by car from Cape May to Gettysburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Gettysburg can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park
Little Round Top ©
Little Round Top
Gettysburg National Cemetery ©
Gettysburg National Cemetery

2
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): witness the site of a historic battle at Valley Forge National Historical Park, then ponder the design of Longwood Gardens, and then appreciate the history behind Liberty Bell Center. On the next day, wander the streets of Rittenhouse Square, then try to win big at Harrah's Philadelphia, then admire the landmark architecture of Independence Hall, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Reading Terminal Market.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Philadelphia road trip tool .

Getting from Gettysburg to Philadelphia by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Gettysburg in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Philadelphia, with lows of 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can catch the train back home.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks Historic Sites Nightlife

Side Trips

Longwood Gardens, Valley Forge National Historical Park, Harrah's Philadelphia
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Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens
Harrah's Philadelphia ©
Harrah's Philadelphia

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