7 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

7 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

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7 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

Start: New York City
train:  1​h 30​min
1
Philadelphia
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Lancaster
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Hershey
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Gettysburg
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h
5
Pittsburgh
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: New York City

1
night
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Liberty Bell Center, then admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art, then steep yourself in history at Powel House, and finally contemplate the long history of Independence Hall. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and design of University of Pennsylvania, then get engrossed in the history at Eastern State Penitentiary, then explore the world behind art at Barnes Foundation, and finally hunt for treasures at Reading Terminal Market.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Philadelphia day trip planner .

New York City to Philadelphia is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Philadelphia can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Lancaster.

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Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Barnes Foundation ©
Barnes Foundation

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nights
Lancaster

Lancaster ©
The heart of Pennsylvania's famous "Dutch Country," Lancaster is one of the nation's oldest inland cities, founded in 1730.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): hunt for treasures at Root's Country Market & Auction, then steep yourself in history at The Amish Farm and House, and then find something for the whole family at Dutch Wonderland. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at The Old Country Store, browse the eclectic array of goods at Bird in Hand Farmers Market, then take an in-depth tour of The Amish Village, then take an in-depth tour of Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, and finally experience rural life at Lapp Valley Farm.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Lancaster vacation app .

Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Lancaster takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Lancaster can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hershey.

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Bird in Hand Farmers Market, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Root's Country Market & Auction, Lapp Valley Farm, The Old Country Store
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Dutch Wonderland ©
Dutch Wonderland
The Amish Farm and House ©
The Amish Farm and House
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania ©
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

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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 (Sun): get in on the family fun at Hersheypark.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hershey trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Lancaster to Hershey by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Gettysburg.

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Hersheypark

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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 6th (Mon): get answers to all your questions at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, walk around Gettysburg National Military Park, then get your game on at Victorian Photography Studio, then see the interesting displays at Gettysburg Museum of History, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Gettysburg National Cemetery.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Gettysburg driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Hershey to Gettysburg in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Gettysburg are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Pittsburgh.

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): wander the streets of Mount Washington, then admire the natural beauty at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and then catch a live event at PNC Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Pittsburgh online trip builder .

Getting from Gettysburg to Pittsburgh by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

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PNC Park ©
PNC Park
Mount Washington ©
Mount Washington

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